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Chaos (2000)
"Kaosu" (original title)

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A man gets involved in a kidnapping scheme with the wife of a wealthy businessman. She lets herself be tied up and confined in his house while he sends the ransom demand. When he returns home that night, however, he finds her laying dead on the floor. In a panic he buries her body deep in the woods and tries to return to his ordinary life. One day, he thinks he spots her walking down the street. Is his mind playing tricks on him, or has she somehow returned from the grave? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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21 October 2000 (Japan)  »

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$2,428 (USA) (7 March 2003)


$4,292 (USA) (14 March 2003)

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Quite good, though you REALLY have to pay attention....
25 September 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The other reviews are quite right--"Chaos" is a very confusing film that might necessitate a second viewing to understand all the plot twists. This confusion is deliberate and the film is OFTEN out of sequence--further muddying the plot. It also has MANY similarities to great suspense films like Cluzot's "Les Diaboliques" and Hitchcock's "Vertigo".

The film begins with a man getting a phone call from a man announcing that he's just kidnapped his wife--and to get her back he must give him 30,000,000 yen (about $300,000 American). The husband goes to the police and you assume that he'll either get the wife back or the kidnapper will kill her. However, NOTHING word...nothing. Now there is a TON of stuff that follows--but I don't really want to say more as it will spoil the film. Suffice to say, that what you've seen so far isn't exactly what's really happening...and to truly understand, you'll need to keep watching and keep paying close attention.

I like movies that make me think and offer twists. Although the twists are familiar (hence my mentioning the two movies above), the film is done very well. The only reason I don't score the film higher is that the very last scene in the film really made little sense and was not particularly satisfying. Still, it's well worth your time.

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