The Women in the Lakes 湖の女たち

Ⓒ2024 "The Women in the Lakes" Production Committee


Director Tatsushi Omori brings a Shuichi Yoshida novel to the screen for the first time since Moscow International Film Festival Special Jury Prize winner The Ravine of Goodbye.
Based on a story by Shuichi Yoshida, whose works from which films have been made include Parade (10), Villain (10), and Ikari (16).
Script and direction are by Tatsushi Omori, whose The Whispering of the Gods (05) was a Locarno International Film Festival entry; A Crowd of Three (10), chosen for the Berlinale; and The Ravine of Goodbye (13), from a Yoshida story, and which won the Special Jury Prize at the Moscow International Film Festival.
This team of author and director, with a track record of success at both domestic and foreign film festivals, reunite to create a thrilling erotic murder mystery based on an actual case that took place at a nursing home on the shores of Japan’s Lake Biwa.
In the role of a young detective investigating a murder in a nursing home is Sota Fukushi, star of Strobe Edge (2015) and Bleach (2018). Marika Matsumoto plays a caregiver upon whom suspicion falls. But while they are detective and suspect, they are also both swept away in a passionate but immoral relationship.


A thrilling, erotic lakeside mystery, in which a detective investigating a murder in a care home and a woman caregiver are swept away in a passionate but immoral relationship.
A 100 year-old resident of a Lake Biwa nursing home dies mysteriously. Did a respirator keeping him alive suddenly malfunction, or was he murdered? A young detective on the case meets a woman caregiver. The investigation runs into a dead end, but the two fall into a passionate but forbidden relationship. Terrifying memories emerge from the vast, deep lake to ensnare the detectives on the case, the women caregivers, and a reporter trying to uncover a hidden past. A thrilling, erotic lakeside mystery comes to the screen.

Sota Fukushi (福士蒼汰), Marika Matsumoto (松本まりか), Tadanobu Asano (浅野忠信), Momoko Fukuchi (福地桃子), Naomi Zaizen (財前直見), Yoshiko Mita (三田佳子)
Written & Directed by
Tatsushi Omori (大森立嗣)
Original novel
Shuichi Yoshida (吉田修一)
Japan release
May 17, 2024
Approx. 120 min.
Mystery, Drama
Technical Specs
Color / 1:2.35 / Digital / 5.1ch