Inju: The Beast in the Shadow (2008, France)

Original title: Inju, la bete dans l’ombre

psychological thriller

Inju: The Beast in the Shadow Inju, la bete dans l’ombre 2008 mystery movie

Running time: 105 minutes

Language: French / Japanese

Alexandre Fayard becomes famous for his detective novels, but he is also a college professor and a great fan of legendary Japanese writer Shundei Oe, the master of gruesome stories. Fayard is travelling to Japan to promote his new book and hopes to find some more informations about Oe, who has never revealed his real identity. His guide during that trip, Ken Honda, tells him that there might be a way to learn who Oe really is by checking the contract with the publishers. Fayard is also approach by a geisha girl, who has interesting story to tell. She once dated a young man, but when she turned down his proposal he became dark and even violent, later he started to stalk her. She believes that her stalker is Oe.

French mystery movie with good atmosphere that involves gloomy character of mysterious Japanese writer and interesting plot, but overall the final effect is rather average and predictible. Good attempt, but the story could have been better.

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Our rating

8 / 10

Movie value

6 / 10

Realism factor

3 / 5

Adventure factor

4 / 5

Story complexity

4 / 5


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Creators of Inju: The Beast in the Shadow

Barbet Schroeder films

Barbet Schroeder


Barbet Schroeder films


Jean-Armand Bougrelle films


Frederique Henri films


Franck Ribiere films


Rampo Edogawa films


Cast of Inju: The Beast in the Shadow

Benoit Magimel films

Benoit Magimel

as Alex Fayard

Lika Minamoto films

Lika Minamoto

as Tamao

Shinpei Asanuma films

Shinpei Asanuma

as Ken Honda

Shun Sugata films

Shun Sugata

as Inspector Fuji