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Doppelganger (2003)
"Dopperugengâ" (original title)

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Hayasaki is an inventor working on an Artificial Body. It is not going well and he is stressed out and on the verge of being fired from the research division of his company. His ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Michio Hayasaki
Hiromi Nagasaku ...
Nagai Yuka
Yûsuke Santamaria ...
Masahiro Toda ...
Hitomi Satô ...
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Akira Emoto


Hayasaki is an inventor working on an Artificial Body. It is not going well and he is stressed out and on the verge of being fired from the research division of his company. His doppelganger appears to help him out of the rut he has created for himself. Written by

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What if your worst nightmare...turned out to be you?


Comedy | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

27 September 2003 (Japan)  »

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Dopperugengâ  »

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Spoofs Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »

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Utter trash...
19 November 2005 | by (Orange County, California) – See all my reviews

I've had never been disappointed by a Kurosawa film, but this is probably the first. "Doppelganger" is the worst I've seen from this director.

Tartan Films is advertising this as "The most frightening film yet from Kiyoshi Kurosawa". What? The most frightening film from Kurosawa is definitely "Kairo". And if you think this is horror, your in for a surprise. This can't be classified as horror, or thriller. This is a drama, and a pretty bad one at that. A lot of scenes that were meant to be shocking have turned out being funny, and a lot of the plot is really confusing. And since it's Kurosawa, the pacing is slow. But it's so slow that you'll lose interest forty minutes in, and feel like doing something else. The thing that annoyed me the most was the use of CGI. Now CGI, if used well, can be really cool. But if executed with little care... It can be a disaster. I think that describes one scene here that has a very minimal use of CGI.

The only positive thing I can give "Dopppelganger" is that it has really good acting. Koji Yakusho gives a great performance, along with the rest of the cast. But that's pretty much it...

Please, do yourself a favor, and go watch "Kairo" or "Ko-Rei" if you want to be scared. This is a bad, bad attempt at a smart drama. Which it is intelligent, but... Well, there's a lot missing.

3/10 for the good acting.

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