Galileo and Suspect X

I watched Suspect X on Tuesday with a colleague.

Suspect X
Poster for Suspect X

Suspect X is a Japanese movie starring Fukuyama Masaharu, Kou Shibasaki, Shinichi Tsutsumi & Kazuki Kitamura. It is a spin-off from a Japanese TV drama called Galileo. It is a stylish 10-episode drama about a genius physicist Yukawa who helped a rookie police officer Kou to solve crimes with puzzling circumstances. Instantaneous human combustion, a haunted house, an explosion at a lake… etc etc. Yukawa is always able to find the scientific explanation behind the phenomenon. The intensity of the drama is diffused by the bantering between eccentric Yukawa and emotional Kou. So the drama is intriguing, comical and entertaining.

I expected the movie to be equally entertaining.

The beginning of the movie was promising. The opening scene was very cool. The eccentricity of Yukawa and the banter between Kou and him makes me laugh.

But the story and ending was a bit sad.

The story began with a murder. A woman accidentally killed her ex-husband when he tried to beat her for money. Her neighbour heard the noise and came over for a look. He was a quiet high school teacher who was also a brilliant mathematician. He promised to help her.

A few days later, the man’s body, naked and face disfigured, was discovered. Investigations cleared the ex-wife because she has a solid alibi during the time the man was murdered.

This is strange as the audience knew that she killed her ex-husband. So, how did the mathematician do it?

To cut the long story short, the mathematician killed a homeless man and manipulated evidence to mislead the police into thinking that this homeless man was the ex-husband. The woman and the daughter were instructed to go shopping and let as many people meet them as possible. He protected her by killing a second victim to create a perfect alibi for her. He was planning to confess to the murder and go to jail for her.

I found it sad because the genius mathematician’s sacrifice came to naught because the woman he was protecting, the woman who killed her ex-husband, came forward after Yukawa told her the truth. The futility of it all.

If it was a Coen brothers’ movie, they would have let the murderers got away with it. But not the Japanese movie-makers. Ethics and the law win the day.

Anyway, the movie succeeded in getting me to ponder about love and sacrifice. True love is not to escape or cover up but to stand up and face judgement bravely.

  • Hi Taiyou, sorry for the delay in publishing your comment. I was travelling and Internet is limited to work only. When I said futile, I was speaking from the Math genius’ perspective. If only he could have used his genius to help his neighbour out legally instead of taking another life. The ending was bittersweet because by demonstrating his own genius, Yukawa had to expose his friend. It was indeed sadness for all.

    Nice discussing this movie with you.

  • taiyou

    great movie,Just think about it. In the end, it was not futile at all. Yukawa told her the truth because his logical reasoning makes him want to solve the case. Like at the end of the movie, he still could not understand why his genius friend sacrificed himself, for that woman. Officer Kou tells him that she was the reason that kept him alive. Which for us, the viewer, obviously makes sense, yet for a person like Yukawa it does not. Therefore the Director kept a certain logic throughout the whole movie. In conclusion, it was an awesome, magnificent, and thoughtful movie. If I would have been the director I would have left the end of the movie open. The ending was not “the futility of it all”, but the sadness of all!