K-20: Kaijin niju menso den 2008

  • Movie: K-20: The Fiend With Twenty Faces / K-20: Legend of the Mask
  • Romaji: K-20: Kaijin niju menso den
  • Japanese: K-20 怪人二十面相・伝
  • Director: Shimako Sato
  • Writer: So Kitamura (Novel), Shimako Sato
  • Producer: Shuji Abe, Seiji Okuda
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  • Release Date: December 20, 2008
  • Runtime: 137 min.
  • Genre: Action / Adventure / Mystery
  • Movie Studio: TohoNTV
  • Distributor: Toho
  • Language: Japanese
  • Country: Japan

Plot

Story takes place in the 1940’s, in a fictional Japan, where the country is dominated by the upper class and the country suffers from a huge income disparity between the rich and poor. During this time, an evil masked villain named “K-20” roams around Japan stealing priceless artifacts. Always on the trail of K-20 is his arch nemesis Akechi (Toru Nakamura) – a suave detective. When Akechi announces his engagement to the rich heiress Yoko Hashiba (Takako Matsu), K-20 warns Akechi to call off the wedding or he’ll be there to make his biggest heist yet.

Meanwhile a good natured circus performer named Keikichi Endo (Takeshi Kaneshiro) is hired by a mysterious figure to snap photos of Akechi and Yoko’s wedding. Keikichi is unaware that his employer is in fact the evil K-20 and he’s being set up to be his fall guy …

Notes

  1. Based on Edogawa Rampo’s “Kogoro Akechi” detective novels, but re-written by Shimako Sato. Time setting has shifted from the early 1900’s to 1949, while the primary location has changed from Tokyo to the fictional city of Teito.
  2. Related titles:
    1. Kogoro Akechi vs. The Fiend with Twenty Faces | Akechi Kogoro Tai Kaijin Niju Menso (TBS / 2002)

Cast

K-20- The Fiend With Twenty Faces-Takeshi Kaneshiro .jpg K-20- The Fiend With Twenty Faces-Takako Matsu.jpg K-20- The Fiend With Twenty Faces-Toru Nakamura.jpg K-20- The Fiend With Twenty Faces-Kanata Hongo.jpg
Takeshi Kaneshiro Takako Matsu Toru Nakamura Kanata Hongo
Heikichi Endo Yoko Hashiba Kogoro Akechi Yoshio Kobayashi

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