Strategy Above the Depths
Strategy Above the Depths is the 9th movie in the Detective Conan franchise. It was released in Japan on April 9, 2005.
Fifteen years ago, a ship named "St. Yashiro Number 1" sank during an accident when a bomb exploded on deck after avoiding an iceberg. Shortly before that, the captain, Takeo Okita, was killed by poison in his coffee. His first officer, Wataru Kaido, was suspected of the crime but never convicted as the evidence sank with Okita's body.
Everyone escaped in time, except for a sailor named Kusaka, who discovered Okita's body and drowned with the sinking ship.
Half a month before the story begins, Hideto Yashiro, an architect working for the Yashiro group, suffers a fatal heart attack while driving and crashes off a clff with his car.
Conan and friends are invited by Sonoko to join her in a cruise on the luxury liner "St. Aphrodite," belonging to the Yashiro group. Shortly before the ship leaves, Hideto Yashiro's body is found and the police determine he died from a heart attack.
Ran has won a prestigious karate tournament and the Detective Boys decide to congratulate her by making a medal out of seashells for her.
Professor Agasa shows Conan his newest invention before dinner - Cuff Link Speakers. Kogoro believes them to be ordinary cufflinks, grabs them out of Conan's hands and declares he should wear them with his suit because cufflinks only belong to "elegant" men like Kogoro.
Dinner takes a long time to arrive and Conan cleans his glasses when Hironari Kusaka, a scriptwriter, accidentally bumps into him. Kusaka recognises Kogoro and greets him excitedly. He also introduces Kogoro to Minako Akiyoshi, the lead designer working on the ship. Akiyoshi talks about the ship and tells everyone that Hideto Yashiro, who was found dead a few days earlier, was married to the current company president, Takae Yashiro.
The next day, the Detective Boys, Ran, and Sonoko decide to play hide and seek on the cruise ship. The kids sneak Ran's medal into her jacket, wanting to surprise her. Sonoko and Ai are picked as chasers. While "hiding", Conan finds a volley ball on deck and plays with it, kicking it against the nearest wall and dribbling. Ai finds him easily.
Eventually, everyone is found except for Ran. Conan reminisces that Ran was always very good at hide and seek.
At the same time, Kusaka calls Akiyoshi, telling her he has finished his newest script and that he will now read it to her, instructing Akiyoshi to only comment when he is finished. He puts a tape recorder near the phone receiver, presses play, puts on a jacket and sneaks out of the room into CEO Yashiro's room, where he stabs her with a knife.
Entaro Yashiro, Takae's father, received a threatening note earlier that same morning, saying "I know what you did 15 years ago, meet me in the basement marina at 10:15."
Sonoko looks for Ran in the ship's basement when someone suddenly knocks her unconscious.
At 10:15, Kusaka reveals himself to Entaro Yashiro in the marina and attacks him. Entaro fights back and seemingly overpowers Kusaka.
Kusaka knocks Entaro out and opens the basement door, wanting to throw his body into the ocean. Entaro comes to and tries to choke Kusaka, who defends himself by stabbing Entaro fatally into the chest and throwing him out of the ship.
Sonoko wakes up in a box and feels icy cold. With a Detective Boys badge one of the children gave her before their game began, she contacts the others and cries for help. Conan tries to locate her using his glasses, but the sensors don't work after his glasses were knocked off by Kusaka the previous evening. They find Sonoko just in time and help her to the ship's doctor.
Inspector Megure, CSI Officer Tome, Takagi, and Shiratori land on the cruise ship with a helicopter, having been alerted of Takae's murder and Entaro's disappearance. Kusaka quickly becomes their main suspect as his father died when the St. Yashiro 1 sank 15 years earlier, but the police discover he has an alibi, having been on the phone with Akiyoshi when the murder occured. Conan investigates Kusaka's room and discovers a tape recorder, but the tape it contains is blank.
The police theorise that Hideto Yashiro's death was linked with the two cases on the ship.
Later that day, the passengers are invited to a gala evening. News of the murder investigation makes the rounds and the guests start to panic. Kogoro calms everyone by announcing he has solved the case, accusing Minako Akiyoshi of killing Takae and possibly also Entaro Yashiro.
Conan, who thinks Kogoro is wrong, asks Agasa's help. He mimics Agasa's voice with his bowtie while Agasa lip-syncs.
Conan/Agasa announce Kusaka is the actual murderer and that he has dried blood on his hair which belonged to Takae Yashiro.
|Cruise ship bombing|
Kusaka shouts that he has planted bombs on the ship, wanting to take revenge for his father, and escapes on a motorboat. Conan chases after him with the other boat and notices the Detective Boys have snuck onto the boat as well. Conan stuns Kusaka and, at the same time, a bomb detonates on the ship. The ship is evacuated. Ran stays behind trying to retrieve the medal the Detective Boys made for her which she dropped in her hiding spot. She slips, hits her head on the wall and falls unconscious.
Looking back at the case, Conan realises Kusaka's alibi was too simple and figures out who the actual murderer was.
- Akiyoshi's given name Minako (美波子) means "child of beautiful wave". Her name is a reference to Goddess Aphrodite or Venus (which is also the name of the ship that she designed) who is born from the ocean in some of the myths.
- The girl in the live action ending theme is Riko Suzuki.
- The Nichiuri Times article used by Mitsuhiko to hide and seek really exists: "1995: A tumultuous year for Japan, a great one baseball, Baseball Bullet-In", by Wayne Graczyk.
- Hideto Yashiro's vehicle that fell from a cliff is a British green Jaguar XJ [X350] with a 7-25 license plate. Another car in his house is a 2001 Mercedes-Benz C-Klasse [W203], with an 8-51 license plate.
- The Japan Coast Guard used in the movie a Eurocopter AS332 Super Puma and Hida-class patrol ships.
- This is the only case that Cuff Link Speakers were used, well actually introduced. However, no sooner did Agasa give them to Conan, they were promptly stolen by Kogoro, who assumed that they were probably regular cufflinks, so they might possibly be the only invention of Professor Agasa that may have been used only accidentally and once.
- Although Kogoro, Ran, and Conan have been on cruise ships before, and even Sonoko in The Last Wizard of the Century, however, this is the first case with Genta, Mitsuhiko, Ayumi, Haibara, and Agasa on a cruise ship for their first time.
- Genta revealed that he can only swim 7 meters.
- Ran won a gold medal at the Kanto Martial Arts Competition.
- Minako Akiyoshi does resemble Kogoro's wife, and Ran's mother, Eri Kisaki. It may not have been as close as some other look alikes, but they both remarked how she reminds them of Eri, and esp. Kogoro.
- We already understand that Minaki Akiyoshi is Okita's daughter, from her photo as an high school student in the captain's cabin. Open spoiler box to see images.
In other languages
|Catalan (Catalan dub)||Estratègia sobre les profunditats||Strategy above the Depths|
|Chinese||水平线上的阴谋||Conspiracy Above the Ocean Line|
|French (Subbed)||Stratégie en Profondeur||In-Depth Strategy|
|German||Das Komplott über dem Ozean||The Conspiracy Above the Ocean|
|Italian||La strategia degli abissi||The Strategy Above the Depths|
|Thai||ยุทธการเหนือห้วงทะเลลึก||Operation Above the Deep Ocean|
|Vietnamese||Âm mưu trên biển||Conspiracy Above the Ocean|
|Detective Conan Movies|
|Movies||Movie 01: The Time-Bombed Skyscraper • Movie 02: The Fourteenth Target • Movie 03: The Last Wizard of the Century • Movie 04: Captured in Her Eyes • Movie 05: Countdown to Heaven • Movie 06: The Phantom of Baker Street • Movie 07: Crossroad in the Ancient Capital • Movie 08: Magician of the Silver Sky • Movie 09: Strategy Above the Depths • Movie 10: The Private Eyes' Requiem • Movie 11: Jolly Roger in the Deep Azure • Movie 12: Full Score of Fear • Movie 13: The Raven Chaser • Movie 14: The Lost Ship in the Sky • Movie 15: Quarter of Silence • Movie 16: The Eleventh Striker • Movie 17: Private Eye in the Distant Sea • Lupin III vs. Detective Conan: The Movie (crossover) • Movie 18: Dimensional Sniper • Movie 19: Sunflowers of Inferno • Movie 20: The Darkest Nightmare • Movie 21: The Crimson Love Letter • Movie 22: Zero the Enforcer • Movie 23: The Fist of Blue Sapphire • Movie 24: The Scarlet Bullet • Movie 25|
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