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"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 ... See full summary »



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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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Extremely complex, but highly rewarding thriller.
2 March 2002 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

Hideo Nakatas "Kaosu" reminded me of "Memento". I've seen "Memento" way before American audiences saw it and have found zero reviews on the net (which sometimes is the best thing that can happen). I was stunned by "Memento" the second I found out that the whole thing runs backwards. "Kaosu" had a similar moment. After ca. 3 sequences, I realized that this movie is not built chronologically. It's not backwards but its scenes are arranged in a complex way - sort of like "Pulp Fiction" but without any marks that a new chapter/time frame starts or ends.

This construction is sometimes a little bit too confusing and I found myself rewinding the DVD two times to refresh a previous sequence. But after a while, you start figuring out what's going on. Only to find your whole idea thrown over again and again. In the end, it all makes sense. I went back to the first sequence and remembered the problem Komiyama had with his hand. Yes it all makes sense and is a very rewarding challenge of your mind.

However, there's a problem with the ending. Again. Many recent Asian movies had bad endings - I particularly hate the endings of "Tell Me Something" and "Cure" (both movies are fantastic until the terrible ending). Fans of Asian cinema always try to defend these bad endings by saying it's un-Hollywood, it's mind-bending, it's unconventional. Yes, but it also doesn't make zero sense and even though you find yourself reflecting the ending, it finally only leaves you frustrated. It's not that bad with "Kaosu". However, the ending is anticlimactic. It's not that it doesn't make sense like in the movies I've just mentioned, it just isn't satisfactory.

Still, it's a worthy movie experience and I recommend it to fans of thrillers and Asian movies in general. Another success for the director of the brilliant "Ringu".

Rating: 8/10 (being a bit generous)

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