So secretive this production! There was a lot of casting rumors surrounding the new movie to be directed by actor Alec Su, but in the end, it’s not the young faces we saw but two very, very pretty, and well-liked faces of Nick Wang Kai and Ruby Lin. The Devotion of Suspect X (嫌疑人X的献身) is adapted from Japanese novel of the same written by Keigo Higashino (Detective Galileo series), following the intense battle of wits between a very smart Math teacher (Edward Zhang Lu Yi) and an equally intelligent physicist (Nick) over the murder case at the hands of a single mother (Ruby). Mind you, the single mother did KILL her not-nice ex-husband. The math teacher loves and wants to cover up her murder, while the physicist simply desires to reveal the truth.
Battle of wits, sounds like a sexy film already. ;D
Pictures on set. Alec Su working hard as the director. I’ll be honest and say that his directorial debut, The Left Ear, left a lot to be desired. Was it pretty? YES. Was it visually moving? No. I’m hoping for his sake this one comes out well-put!
And here it is. The leaked photo of our duo filming on set! Fans said their lady has gained weight. Of course, she’s eating for two people! On the other hand, Nick is back in a tux! When is he not, anyway? Lol.
Previous film adaptations:
1) Japanese Movie: Suspect X, starring Shinichi Tsutsumi and Masaharu Fukuyama in 2008.
2) Korean Movie: Perfect Number, starring Ryoo Seung Bum, Lee Yo Won, and Cho Jin Woong in 2012.
I haven’t seen either version but the actors hired are dependable!
Detailed Synopsis From Wiki: The story begins with Tetsuya Ishigami and Yasuko Hanaoka following their daily routines. Yasuko Hanaoka is a divorced single mother who works at a restaurant packing meals for its locals. Ishigami is a highly talented mathematics teacher, who lives next door to Yasuko and her daughter Misato. When Togashi (Yasuko’s abusive ex-husband) shows up one day to extort money from Yasuko, threatening both her and Misato, the situation quickly escalates into violence, and Togashi is killed by mother and daughter. Overhearing the commotion, Ishigami, who is secretly enamored of Yasuko but has never told her so, offers his help, disposing of the body and plotting the cover-up of the murder step-by-step.
When the body turns up and is identified, Kusanagi (the detective investigating the murder case) draws the case and Yasuko comes under suspicion. Kusanagi is unable to find any obvious holes in Yasuko’s manufactured alibi, but still he is sure that there’s something wrong with her story, a suspicion that he cannot shake. Kusanagi brings in Dr. Manabu Yukawa, a physicist and his college friend who frequently consults with the police. Yukawa also went to college with Ishigami, where he learned of Ishigami’s problem-solving techniques and abilities; Yukawa highly rates Ishigami’s intelligence. After meeting him again after so many years, Yukawa becomes convinced that Ishigami had something to do with the murder. What ensues is a high-level battle of wits between Yukawa and Ishigami, as Ishigami tries to protect Yasuko by outmaneuvering and outthinking Yukawa; the teacher is Yukawa’s most clever and determined opponent yet.
When Yukawa finally understands Ishigami’s plans, he is awestruck by the devotion shown by Ishigami to Yasuko. Ishigami is not the person everyone sees, but only Yukawa could understand his plan to cover up the murder committed by Yasuko.