Making a movie from a book is always a risky proposition. Translating a movie from a foreign book is even more of a challenge.

Director David Fincher, however, manages to keep the essence of the Stieg Larsson’s original best-selling Swedish novel in this soon-to-be-released thriller.

Thankfully, this, the first in a trilogy known as the ‘Millenium series’ stays true to the original.

Daniel Craig plays a disgraced journalist tasked with writing the biography of one of Sweden’s most successful industrialists, a man whose sister disappeared in mysterious circumstances decades before.

All is not as it seems though, as Craig’s new assignment unfolds and every new clue leads to a dead end.

With the help of an troubled private investigator, played by the brilliant Rooney Mara, Craig uncovers more than he bargains for in this brilliant and twisted tale of secrets, lies and murder set against the frozen backdrop of northern Europe.

Sadly, Sony just announced it isn’t going to use Fincher for the second film in the series which is due for release next year.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is not for the faint of heart and features scenes of sex and violence, but this landmark thriller is a cut above the usual glossy trash produced by Hollywood.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is now showing across Japan.

Showing at Toho theaters across Tokyo: