This straightforward name actually represents the plot of this outstanding anime very well - a Murder, and the struggle to find the culprit behind it. While the movie's art and idea are obviously old (and the movie itself is rather old, 1964, way before the big anime revolution in japan), it is as a matter of fact one of the best short animated movies in the history .
Well, you are probably wondering exactly what is so great about Murder. before I'll go on detail about each aspect, I want to state that this movie is actually a parody, that mocks the then-popular detective genere and the different popular stories that belong to this genere. It is also worth mentioning that this is the only anime ever produced by the multi-talanted artist Wada Makoto (known for his involvment in the game industry, Mario Kart DS for example is one of his works).
As I said, Murder is actually a parody, therefore the story is important. However, Murder simply explores the same story (A man was murdered) a few times, each time, a different detective is working to solve the case. While the parodies will probably appeal to older audience and people who has a larger knowledge in the western popular culture in the sixties, even younger viewers mighr enjoy the delight humour.
It should be noted though that one must not expect a great story. the movie is a parody, and therefore the story is very simple, and is not what the director wanted to show you, so I think rating it a 10 is acceptable.
Yes, I rated the Art 9.
You are probably looking at the picture and wondering what the hell is wrong with. It looks like a 5 years old boy drew this. And this is exactly my point - the Art is so childish and simple that it fits perfectly to the mood of the parody. While I personaly believe that the Art could have been better, I don't find anything faulty with using this brilliant, childish art; especially when the topic in hand is as serious as murder.
The art is what you would expect it to be: simple and matched to the parody in hand. For example, in the film-noir parody, there is a film-noir sound. There is no voice-acting in this movie.
The other sound effects (screaming, walking, etc.) is good enough and is exactly what I would expect it to be.
I really don't have anything to say here, as the focus is on the parodies and not on the characters. I rated it a 9 and not a 10 because a little character development could be nice, but really, It is not the point.
As you can see, I really enjoyed Murder. In my opinion, it is one of the best short-movies ever produced, and I would watch it again for sure. Make sure when you watch to try to link each section in the movie to your previous popular culture knowledge, so you would be able to recognize all the parodies. read more
Satsujin is one scene being shown repeatedly, except it plays out a little differently each time. A charwoman approaches a room, knocks on the door once, twice, enters. This is followed by a close-up of her face, mouth widened, screaming. In the room, a man lies dead on the floor, knife still buried in his chest. A title card states the obvious. Murder!
From there, events differ. Starting with the intertitle sporting a new font every time, each of the altogether seven follow-ups is a spoof of a different type of movie. From Holmesian detective story to traditional James Bond to black-and-white French art film, the short gradually loses its way regarding the uncovering of the murder. Do the random appearances of sparsely clothed women in the Bond segment in any way contribute to solving the mystery? No, but hilarity ensues.
Not least due to the intentionally childish style of animation, this reminded me of Don Hertzfeldt's Genre in which he puts a deplorable bunny character through various, well, genre conventions. Comparing both shorts, the more than 30 years older Satsujin loses out if merely because the constant repetition of the opening sequence gets boring after the third or so and kind of really annoying after the forth or so rerun.
That said, the genre send-ups are on point and if you're into classic live action cinema, chances are you'll enjoy this as an affectionate parody thereof.read more