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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 »
User Reviews:
A modern masterpiece 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
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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 »
Movie Connections:
References Fireworks (1997)See more »

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21 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
A modern masterpiece, 4 February 2002
Author: Lawrence (LGwriter49@aol.com) from Astoria, NY

The serial killer movie has by now been done to death (so to speak), so it's especially rewarding to see this assured film that takes a truly ingenious approach. Kurosawa's protagonist is a seemingly dazed young man who, in spite of his aimless demeanor, is a master hypnotist. To reveal any more of what happens would be to give a bit too much away.

The subtlety and fluidity of this film is remarkable. The main character can be charming and simultaneously irritating when he speaks. He turns his speaking partner's question back on the speaker; he answers with vague phrases that nevertheless, over the course of the film, gradually bring out the complexity of his psyche. Pitting him against a cop whose wife seems to suffer from something like the hypnotist's 'brand' of mental wanderings underlines the thematic context of the film: what we know is almost certainly only what we think we know. And what we think we know is almost certainly based on someone else's 'knowledge', derived the same as ours.

That knowledge is a collective phenomenon, a shared and critical feature of the 'hive' is not a novel concept in film. But its presentation here is bold and original. To link that idea with a person who destroys life is a master stroke; it says that what we know vanishes in a suddenly extinguished flame, or a tiny stream of water that appears, runs, and then is seen no more.

This is a film that should definitely be added to the great films of the 90s. Since it was not released in the U.S. until 2001, I vote for it being one of the great films of that year here.

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