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Director:
Writers:
Kiyoshi Kurosawa (novel)
Kiyoshi Kurosawa (screenplay)
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Release Date:
8 July 2001 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Madness. Terror. Murder. See more »
Plot:
A wave of gruesome murders is sweeping Tokyo. The only connection is a bloody X carved into the neck of each of the victims... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
9 wins & 2 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(34 articles)
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User Reviews:
An enigmatic hypnotic and disturbing meditation on self control and the fear of losing it See more (48 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Kôji Yakusho ... Kenichi Takabe
Masato Hagiwara ... Kunio Mamiya
Tsuyoshi Ujiki ... Makoto Sakuma
Anna Nakagawa ... Fumie Takabe
Yoriko Dôguchi ... Dr. Akiko Miyajima
Yukijirô Hotaru ... Ichiro Kuwano
Denden ... Oida
Ren Ohsugi ... Fujiwara
Masahiro Toda ... Tôru Hanaoka
Misayo Haruki ... Tomoko Hanaoka
Shun Nakayama ... Kimura
Akira Otaka ... Yasukawa
Shôgo Suzuki ... Tamura
Toshi Kato ... Psychiatrist
Hajime Tanimoto ... Takabe no shachô
Tsuyoshi Mikami ... Truck Driver
Makoto Kakeda ... Policeman at the Hotel
Yasujiro Tamura ... Middle-Aged Man at Dry Cleaners
Yasuharu Sato ... Dry Cleaners Employee
Shinichiro Inoue ... Dr. Miyajima's Young Patient
Yuri Shimada ... Nurse
Kae Egawa ... Waitress
Mitsuyo Suwa ... Hotel Murder Victim
Tetsushi Tanaka
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kazutaka Arayama ... Police Detective at the Hotel
Emiko Hattori ... Suzu Murakawa
Setchin Kawaya ... Kakarikan #1
Takayuki Konishi ... Kakarikan #2
Kae Minami
Tarô Suwa ... Apâto no shachô
Hiromi Suzuki
Makoto Togashi ... Policeman
Masato Yamaji ... Police Detective
Yuu Yamazaki

Directed by
Kiyoshi Kurosawa 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kiyoshi Kurosawa  novel
Kiyoshi Kurosawa  screenplay

Produced by
Tetsuya Ikeda .... producer
Satoshi Kanno .... producer
Hiroyuki Kato .... executive producer
Shigeo Minakami .... co-producer
Atsuyuki Shimoda .... producer
Tsutomu Tsuchikawa .... producer
 
Original Music by
Gary Ashiya 
 
Cinematography by
Tokushô Kikumura 
 
Film Editing by
Kan Suzuki 
 
Production Design by
Tomoyuki Maruo 
 
Makeup Department
Yûichi Matsui .... special makeup effects artist
 
Production Management
Yasushi Minatoya .... unit production manager
 
Sound Department
Hiromichi Kori .... sound
 

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111 min | Taiwan:115 min
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Revealing mistakes: In Japan, they drive on the left side of the road and the steering wheel is on the right side of the car. In every scene in this picture that's the case - except one. When the detective leaves in his car to go to the hospital because Mimiya has turned up there, the steering wheel is on the left and he drives on the right side of the road.See more »
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References The Silence of the Lambs (1991)See more »

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19 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
An enigmatic hypnotic and disturbing meditation on self control and the fear of losing it, 25 August 2002
Author: Gizmoitus from Los Angeles

It's not easy to give yourself over to this film, for like the unwilling victims' it portrays, it rather slowly and methodically casts its spell, whisking you farther and farther away from the comfortable rhythm and conventions of the crime thriller it appears to be on the surface.

Kyua's austere landscapes are in fitful turns picture postcard beautiful, mundane and mysterious. Much of the story unfolds in master shots, keeping you at a distance from the characters and affording the illusion of a comfortable intellectual detachment which it meticulously strips away scene by scene.

The plot is deceptively simple; a weary Japanese Homicide detective is investigating a series of grotesque murders. Each murder seems to have the same ritualistic pattern, yet in each case the culprit turns out to be an ordinary individual, dazed and unable to offer any motive for their horrific crime. Nothing seems to connect the murderers to each other, until the Detective picks up the trail of an amnesia afflicted drifter who seems unable to answer even the simplest questions about himself, yet displays a disconcerting ability to reflect any line of questioning about his own identity back upon the questioner. Time and again he returns to a question at the core of the mystery:

"Who are you?"

It seems more and more, as the drifter is passed from detective, to guard, to clinician to pyschiatrist, that this question is far more dangerous than anyone might have guessed.

Kyua is a model of subtlety and restraint. Although there's a significant amount of implied violence and several shocking scenes of murder, these aren't gratuitous. Kyua's particular genius is it's ability to transform it's urban Japanese landscapes and even the most common objects from familiar to suspect and eventually sinister: a length of piping, a flashing traffic sign, a blast furnace, the sound of ocean surf at night, a flickering lighter, a dark apartment lined with academic tomes, a puddle of spilled water, the letter X smeared on a wall, a deserted rundown building.

There are few filmmakers with the audacity and imagination to venture into the places Kyua wants to take you. Fincher, Lynch and Cronenberg come to mind as those who time and time again have shown their willingness, and perhaps compulsion to return to the unsettling territory of perception, identity, and the boundary between normalcy and psychosis. If the director's first name were only David (it's not, his name is Kiyoshi Kurosawa) we'd have the makings of a good conspiracy theory here.

The film was released in 1997 but only recently has made it's way to western shores, and US distribution by Cowboy Pictures, and has wound its way inevitably to cable networks like Sundance. It's cast includes Koji Yakusho as the detective Takabe. Fans of Japanese cinema will recognize this fine actor from his award winning roles in "Shall we Dance" and "The eel".

Kyua isn't the type of visceral immediate drama that the average suspense film provides. If you can put aside your preconceived notions and allow it to unfold in it's own time, I suspect you will find the questions it asks and secrets it reveals to be all the more disquieting, problematic and in the end profound. Many critics have lined up to call this film a masterpiece, and pegged Kurosawa as one of a number of japanese directors worth watching.

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