Creepy | 2016 Seattle International Film Festival
Japan | 2016 | 130 minutes | Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Cure, Pulse) returns with a spine-tingling suspense thriller about a retired detective who begins investigating his new suburban neighbors after their daughter confesses to him that the man in their house is not really their father.
If you're a fan of Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Cure or Pulse, then you're in for a spine-tingling treat with this big-screen adaptation of Yutaka Maekawa's mystery novel. After having narrowly escaped an attempt on his life at the hands of a psychopath, detective inspector Takakura (Hidetoshi Nishijima, The Wind Rises) quits active service in the police force. Moving into a new house with his wife Yasuko (Yuko Takeuchi, Ringu) in the suburbs to start a new life, he takes up a position as a university lecturer in criminal psychology. Not quite satisfied with academic life, Takakura becomes curious about an unsolved missing-persons case from six years back involving a family's disappearance and the teenage daughter they left behind. As he digs deeper, he begins to suspect that his next-door neighbor, the decidedly odd Mr. Nishino (Teruyuki Kagawa, Tokyo Sonata), may somehow be involved. As past and present merge, unraveling the two becomes a labyrinthine web of deception and secrets. Hypnotic, dripping with atmosphere, and scary as hell, Kurosawa delivers the goods with skin-crawling creepiness to spare.
Kiyoshi Kurosawa is a Japanese film critic, screenwriter, and director known best for his contributions to the Japanese horror genre. His 1997 film Cure is a cult film with legions of loyal fans.
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Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Principal Cast: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Yuko Takeuchi, Haruna Kawaguchi, Masahiro Higashide, Teruyuki Kagawa, Ryoko Fujino, Masahiro Toda, Toru Baba, Misaki Saisyo, Takashi Sasano
Premier Status: North American Premiere