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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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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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Goofs:
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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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
be prepared for more, 2 February 2007
Author: jinkblt from California

Kurosawa has created a masterpiece here. This film is more than a horror thriller. It's a look at our modern society, and plays upon our innate fear that there is a monster hidden inside of us - even worse, we cannot control it.

It begins as a typical detective story, film noirish in its execution, and like typical film noir, the detective finds more to the story than originally anticipated. But this film, just like its storyline, begins to transcend the genre it purports to be a part of midway through.

More and more, we realize that it is telling the story of people today, boxed in, with our darkest desires oppressed. This theme of containment is heavy throughout, if one pays enough attention. For example, the usage of water as a symbol for the subconscious is useful for understanding many key parts of the film.

Everything is superbly framed and shot, with more than a few very long shots (a testament to the high caliber of the cast). Sound and music are used sparingly but effectively.

This film may not be very accessible to those who are only familiar with Hollywood-style film-making due to its slower pace and subtle conveyance.

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