A young policeman straight out of training school is caught
at a drugs rave party. With his prospective career on the
line, he finds himself being blackmailed into joining the
Homicide squad. His insider knowledge is needed, but he soon
finds himself well out of his depth. Somebody is killing people
and removing the skin with their tattoos. He soon learns that
the detective who coerced him has been looking in earnest
over two years for his runaway daughter, after his wife was
killed by a hit-and-run driver. The trade for classic Japanese
tattoos by a talented but deceased artist hots up; some will
pay millions and others will kill, but the artist's best work
is on a woman still alive...
is a German film with the option of English subtitles. Whilst
I'm not a connoisseur of the German language I did listen
for different emotions in the voices of the cast... and heard
none. Even the movements of the actors were pretty staid,
giving the impression they were simply going through the motions.
The Homicide detective portrays the strong, silent approach,
and the young policeman, almost the same in terms of moodiness,
slouches his way through the movie tripping over clues, witnesses
and informants as if this were a game of Cluedo.
Although the idea of trade in live tattoos is essentially
sound, no one in the film shows any enthusiasm for the proceedings.
Granted, in many American films there's lots of shouting and
running around for no discernible reason, but here no one
raises their voice for the entire duration and you feel like
shaking some life into them.
sorry, but with this being the case, why should I show any
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