The film has already been widely reviewed by film critics both in Japan and the UK, where this Japanese film at least got a theatrical release. The Third Window dvd release has much to recommend due to its bonus features that are not available in other English subtitled versions. The bonus features are all also English subtitled, a rarity for Japanese films. The viewer gets to see the deleted scenes and the reasoning for doing this. I was particularly moved by the deleted scene taking place in the police station where the suspect tells the detective why he pestered his mother for petty cash. There is nothing of this scene in the final cut. But I wonder if the director had regrets because this scene also appears at the beginning of the bonus features. To me the scene reinforces the reason behind the final action scene between the murderer and his lover. It would have made a better ending for an "international version" of the film. I say this because, while it seems typical for Satoshi Tsumabuki films to end with a close-up of the popular actor's face; an international audience does not have the same sense of the actor's screen persona. Maybe this is why the film fared well at the Japanese box office, but not elsewhere. I would have rated the film with one more star had the ending scenes been different.