Crime novels the
next thing to look out for but
only if books are cheap!
Has anyone read Keigo Higashino’s stuff? I’m interested in getting started on his crime novels which are apparently the best-selling crime novels in Japan (not that they have to be best-selling but you might as well go for the best!). I saw one reviewed lately but was taken aback by the price of it, even for a paperback! I’ll try to get my hands on a copy somewhere as this novelist looks good to me and it will be a change from the usual stuff I read from Japan. Incidentally, I came across a new work by Murakami H lately. The hardback copy only which was also ridiculously pricey. I haven’t spent that much on individual books since I bought his 1Q84 (in its split set up of 1-2 and then 3 separately) and while that was worth it, it was hard to part with that much cash in one go at the time! Anyway, this new one really doesn’t look that good to me.
I got two of Murakami’s first published short stories (re-published in the one book) out of the library a couple of months ago but I just couldn’t get into them. I guess I have Murakami fatigue. I rarely bring books back to the library unread so that was something.
Anyway back to all things crime, I managed to see A third murder on the plane on the way to Japan earlier this year. It’s a good film starring Koji Yakusho. I was stoked to see it was a film option as sometimes the film options aren’t great and I did want to see that one. Also, this actor happens to promote this airline so that’s possibly another reason but not necessarily as he’s almost always in good films, which I’m sure show up on some airline film programme somewhere around the world.
A film I still haven’t seen which I have in my recommended film list is After the Storm, already out a year or more. Another more recent one, to return to the crime theme, is called Shoplifters. This looks really good, looking again at a complex family set up. I think it is the late Kiki Kirin’s last film.
I’ll be looking out for those two family-themed films directed by Hirozaku Kore-eda who is just brilliant, as I may have said before 😉
I caught a pretty good drama lately – a horror called Crow’s Blood. It’s about a transfer student with a major secret which brings nothing but woe to the school. It’s quite good for something set in a high school (which I usually avoid) but Japan does horror pretty well as we know (though South Korea is catching up or has maybe surpassed Japan in the horror field). I’ve added that and another drama I checked out lately to my list in the drama and documentaries page.
Well, if anyone can recommend any other good dramas or novels, crime or otherwise, drop me a line.