- Legendary Japanese director Ichikawa Kon's 1976 film The Inugami Family, a.k.a. Inugamike no Ichizoku, holds a very special place in Japan's long tradition of supernatural suspense. Based on Yokomizo Seishi's epic work, the slow-burning family murder mystery is a highly influential title in the director's celebrated filmography and just about required viewing for Japanese cinema fans. In 2006, the 91-year-old auteur returned to the director's chair to remake his own most representative work, updating the classic film for contemporary audiences. A fitting follow-up to the original film, the unsettling Murder of the Inugami Clan delves into a tangled web of murderous lies and deceptions that is tearing apart a wealthy multi-generation family. Ishizaka Koji, who also featured in the original Inugami Family, leads the all-star cast as the famous detective Kindaichi Kosuke.
When tycoon Inugami Sahei (Nakadai Tatsuya) passes away, he unexpectedly leaves the family fortune to outsider Tamayo (Matsushima Nanako, Ring) on the condition that she marry one of the Inugami grandsons - Sukekiyo (Onoe Kikunosuke, 47 Ronin), Suketake (Katsurayama Shingo), or Suketomo (Ikeuchi Mansaku) - pitting blood against blood. Soon afterwards, members of the family begin to show up dead, one by one. Detective Kindaichi Kosuke (Ishizaka Koji) is called in to investigate the murders, and the truth is slowly revealed as he happens upon years of hidden skeletons and a shocking family secret.