This masterfully crafted entertainment shines a light on hidden class differences in Japanese society as it unfolds a classic manhunt pitting the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department against a cunning murderer.
The mystery centers on a psychotic killer who stabs his victims like pincushions and cuts off their right index finger as a souvenir, always targeting attractive women about 5'3" and in their mid-twenties. Assigned to the case is Koji Saijo, 37, a crack detective in the MPD whose instincts and skills have earned him the rank of inspector at an unusually young age. With the investigation yet to identify a suspect, the killer outwits the police to commit a third murder. Following a lead from the victim's boyfriend, Saijo turns his attention to the daughter of the Minister of the Environment, but slips up and is placed on home leave. When a coworker leaks to the weeklies that Saijo is actually staying with his mistress, Saijo submits his resignation. His wife refuses to let him back into the house, and he is left homeless. With the killer taunting the police on the Internet and by cell phone, a fourth murder occurs, and then Saijo himself is attacked by an unknown assailant. Meanwhile, his lover who fled to her parents' home in the country is killed . . . In his online appearances the killer goes by the name "fingercollector." Turning the evidence over in his mind, Saijo is preparing for a final showdown when his daughter suddenly goes missing . . .