What You Need To Know About The Whimsical J-Movie ‘Once Upon A Crime’

A cute and quirky take on the classics

If you like your fairytales served with a dash of fun little twists, check out the Japanese movie Once Upon a Crime which is coming soon on Netflix.

Once Upon a Crime poster

Comedy, fantasy, and mystery. (Photo from: Netflix)

Once Upon a Crime: trailer, plot and cast

Long, long ago, Little Red Riding Hood didn’t go straight to her grandma’s house. Instead, she gets entangled in a murder mystery involving Cinderella and other characters from the glittering world of fancy ball gowns and glass slippers.

Little Red Riding Hood is played by J-idol turned actress Kanna Hashimoto (she’s dubbed the “once in a thousand years idol” in the J-entertainment realm, and you can learn more about it here). This is actually her second project with Netflix (she also starred in the horror flick Re/Member).

Little Red Riding Hood crosses paths with Cinderella (played by model slash actress Yuko Araki) who, not-so-spoiler alert, falls in love with the Prince (Takanori Iwata).

Once Upon a Crime cast

Unlikely besties. (Photos from: Netflix Media Center)

But before we get to the “happily ever after” portion, a corpse is found, and everyone becomes a suspect. Little Red Riding Hood takes on the role of a detective on a mission to uncover the real killer.

The film is based on the Japanese novel Akazukin, Tabi no Tochu de Shitai to Deau which contains various mysteries related to the classic fairytales. Who knows? This might be the start of a new film franchise or a series.

Once Upon a Crime: release date and where to watch in Singapore

You can stream the movie right here on Netflix starting 14 September.

(Cover photo from: Netflix Media Center)

On the lookout for other J-movies? Check out our roundup here.

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