Lakeside Murder Case

Lakeside Murder Case
Directed by Shinji Aoyama
Produced by Takenori Sento
Written by Shinji Aoyama
Masaki Fukasawa
Based on Lakeside
by Keigo Higashino
Starring Koji Yakusho
Hiroko Yakushimaru
Etsushi Toyokawa
Music by Hiroyuki Nagashima
Cinematography Masaki Tamura
Yoshihiro Ikeuchi
Edited by Shinji Aoyama
Release dates
Running time
119 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Lakeside Murder Case (レイクサイド マーダーケース Reikusaido mādā kēsu) is a 2004 Japanese mystery film directed by Shinji Aoyama, starring Koji Yakusho, Hiroko Yakushimaru and Etsushi Toyokawa.


Four couples are staying at a lakeside cottage with their children. They want them to prepare intensely for a prestigious high school's entrance exam with the help of a private tutor. One night, one of the wives confesses to her husband that she has killed his mistress...



In an interview with Midnight Eye, the director Shinji Aoyama said, "I wanted to talk about whether parents really understand their kids and vice-versa. That's really the most basic thing the film is about."[1] In an interview with The Japan Times, he stated that it was a story about ordinary people, saying "At first they don't understand anything -- then they find out little by little. There's no professional detective. Everyone is an amateur. It's an all-amateur mystery."[2]


Mark Shilling of The Japan Times gave the film 3.5 stars out of 5. He felt that the film was "less a commercial whodunit with a gorgeous corpse than a dark, multilayered psycho-drama, whose subjects include the ills of the Japanese educational system and the moral limits of parental love." However, he also noted that it was "more mainstream" than Shinji Aoyama's other films. He concluded by saying, "the film does pose a timely question. In a winner-take-all society, how can one compete successfully and stay human? The answer may be staring us in the face, albeit from the bottom of a lake."[3] Russell Edwards of Variety said, "[Koji] Yakusho delivers yet another credible performance. Other thesps are solid and tech credits are excellent."[4]


  1. Rucka, Nicholas (24 October 2005). "Midnight Eye interview: Shinji Aoyama". Midnight Eye.
  2. Schlling, Mark (19 January 2005). "Not a whodunit but a whydunit". The Japan Times.
  3. Schlling, Mark (19 January 2005). "The school of hard knocks". The Japan Times.
  4. Edwards, Russell (1 December 2004). "Variety Reviews - Lakeside Murder Case - Film Reviews". Variety.

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