Under the cover of darkness, a masked samurai murders six men across the metropolis of Japan: three in Tokyo, one in Osaka, and the last in Kyoto. In their investigation, the police learn that each man was a member of the Genjibotaru—a thieves gang centered on the theft of Buddhist statues and artifacts and who go by the names of Minomoto no Yoshitune's servants.
Without a clear motive or clues to the other members' identities, the case runs dry until a Kyoto temple calls for the famous Kogorou Mouri. Having received an anonymous letter containing a peculiar puzzle, the temple monks ask for his assistance in solving it to recover their long lost statue. Meanwhile, Conan Edogawa and high school detective Heiji Hattori team up in order to solve the cryptic puzzle and find the murderer, as Hattori searches for his childhood love.
With Hattori's knowledge of Kyoto, the two scour the streets and gradually discover the truth, but not before the murderer strikes again—killing another Genjibotaru member and, after repeated attempts on Hattori's life, eventually kidnapping Hattori's childhood sweetheart. It is only by working together to bring buried clues to light can Conan and Hattori hope to end the rogue samurai's bloodshed and save Hattori's love.
I'm a fan of Detective Conan and I have to say honestly Detective Conan is a love story rather than detective novel.But Crossroad in the Ancient Capital tells something more than love.Among all the Detective Conan movies,this piece should be one of the best.
This time the case happened in Kyoto--former capital of Japan before Tokyo,so this movie is full of Japanese culture:Kendo(剣道),Kabugi(歌舞伎).Also there are Japanese history and places of interest of Tokyo.In a word his movie opens a window to Japanese culture.If you are curious about or interested in the country of Japan,you must not miss it!
Besides culture stuffs,the
theme song by Mai Kuraki is another highlight.
The cultural themes in this movie are nice and the collaboration between Conan and Heiji is a nice change from the usual solo investigations by Conan.
However, there are a few things that bothered me about this movie:
1) The plot involves a couple of moments that seem rather over the top or out of place for a Conan movie. This involves combat scenes that seem a bit unrealistic, given that our main characters (including casual martial arts practitioner Ran) are not professional fighters, but regular people. Hence, it feels weird that they are not overwhelmed by some moments in this movie, both in terms of skill
and mental stress.
This seems different from the usual premise of "Conan" stories: Yes, there are pills that can shrink a person and, yes, there are a few special gadgets, but that's pretty much it then. The rest of the story usually operates within fairly realistic boundaries. In this movie, there were a few moments that made me think "Really?! Oh come on..."
2) The detective story seemed to take a backseat to the action sometimes. That is not a problem in itself, but I felt that it distracted from the main case sometimes.
3) In that regard, it seemed to me that the villains' background stories and motives where rather...forgettable. For some reason, even though the villains' motives were reiterated a couple of times, I had to remind myself of them regularly. This could be due to the fact that a lot of the puzzles in this plot were a bit jumbled & random. It could also be due to the fact that the villains' background stories & motives were simply not very interesting or gripping enough for me to care really.
Instead, it seemed to me as if the scriptwriters had mainly focussed on the idea: "Wouldn't it be exciting if Conan & Heiji were attacked by a samurai-like killer in a Kyoto setting and had to find out who it is?". As a result, one could watch this movie by focussing purely on the hunt for the killer, while forgetting completely about the bigger picture of why there was a killer in the first place. That's enough to make the movie sufficiently entertaining, but I do think it's a bit lame if it feels like the bigger picture of the plot is only(!) written to serve as a set-up for a killer chase.
I didn't regret watching this movie. It was fine. And people who are less bothered by some of the points above or who find the story subjectively more interesting might enjoy it more. Still, I think there are better stories among the many Conan movies.
Despite being very popular characters, Heiji and Kazuha rarely ever get a movie all to themselves. Whenever they are in a movie, they're usually side characters that are only relevant to that movie's story (specifically, movies 3, 10, 13, 14, 17). While fans had to wait for The Crimson Love Letter, the only film that prominently featured Heiji and Kazuha was Crossroad in the Ancient Capital. With the release of the 21st movie, how does this one hold up today?
Besides their lead roles, both movies double-down on their Japanese heritage. While Movie 21 focused on Karuta games, this movie implements elements from the legendary folktales
of Yoshitsune and Benkei. On top of that, ancient temples and ritual party games are a part of this movie. While The Crimson Love Letter makes its heritage shine better with its updated art style, this movie still does its best with the talent they had.
What helped me enjoy this movie for the most part was the knowledge that this was Kenji Kodama's last film in the Detective Conan series. This man not only directed for shows like Lupin III and City Hunter, but also the first 7 Detective Conan movies. There's something very melancholic about seeing a director's last involvement with a series like this. Because of him, the Detective Conan movies were able to leave a big impression on people and go on to become the box-office hits that they are today.
Of course, it was thanks to this knowledge that I was able to persist through the parts of the movie that felt a bit drawn out. Depending on the type of person you are, you may watch this movie feeling either relaxed or bored. This movie is less like jumping into a pool and more like easing yourself into a hot tub. Not to mention the reliance on Japanese wordplay in this movie. When it was just used for the Professor's quizzes and minor clues, I was okay with it. But because Japanese wordplay plays a lot in solving the case itself, I felt very left out. If you know Japanese and are interested in a chill movie, then this is the one for you.
Even with The Crimson Love Letter out now, I would still recommend people watch Crossroad in the Ancient Capital first. However, if you are the kind of person that likes action and high stakes in their movies, then you may want to enter this one with caution.
I give this movie a 7/10. It was good and had a good plot.
However, I thought of this movie as more of a 2 hour special episode. Nothing in this movie seems as though it is a movie. For a Detective Conan movie there is a case that has to be solved and then something more drastic happens. For example, Movie 01, Conan solves the mystery of the culprit who planted bombs around their area, then it turns out he plants a bomb in a skyscraper where Ran is located and Conan must now go save her. This movie does not have that, being
filled with investigation for almost the whole movie and capturing the culprit.