3
$\begingroup$

In the film Tomb Raider (2018) there is a wooden puzzle-box with rotating sections. Once the correct sequence of moves is performed, a drawer pops out. See here:

enter image description here

Upon seeing it she says:

Karakuri. Japanese puzzle.

Is this rotating design based on a real puzzle? Possibly by the Karakuri group?


Note: several props were used for filming, all non-functional.

Note: as a promo for the film, the studio gave-away similar puzzles:

$\endgroup$
2
$\begingroup$

It seems like you also posted this question here and I would agree with the accepted answer there that it looks to be a Codex or Cryptex. The actual prop seems to be just that.

The word "karakuri" generally refers to (I think) Karakuri puppets but it has come to mean "mechanisms" or "trick" in Japanese and "is used to describe any device that evokes a sense of awe through concealment of its inner workings". So we can see why they chose that name for the device in the movie.

Interestingly, I stumbled across a video in which someone tries to recreate the puzzle at home. It looks different but is very similar in spirit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4DE-elBJtg

$\endgroup$

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.