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Shutter -- A newly married couple discovers disturbing, ghostly images in photographs they develop after an eerie accident in which they believe they may have hit a young girl with their car.
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Writer (WGA):
Luke Dawson (screenplay)
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Release Date:
21 March 2008 (USA) See more »
The most terrifying images are the ones that are real. See more »
A newly married couple discovers disturbing, ghostly images in photographs they develop after a tragic accident. Fearing the manifestations may be connected, they investigate and learn that some mysteries are better left unsolved. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Joshua Jackson ... Ben

Rachael Taylor ... Jane

Megumi Okina ... Megumi

David Denman ... Bruno

John Hensley ... Adam

Maya Hazen ... Seiko

James Kyson ... Ritsuo (as James Kyson Lee)
Yoshiko Miyazaki ... Akiko
Kei Yamamoto ... Murase

Daisy Betts ... Natasha

Adrienne Pickering ... Megan
Pascal Morineau ... Wedding Photographer
Masaki Ota ... Police Officer
Heideru Tatsuo ... Police Officer
Eri Otoguro ... Yoko
Rina Matsuki ... TGK Receptionist
Tomotaka Kanzaki ... Client
Jun Yakushiji ... Client
Emi Tamura ... Emi
Polina Kononova ... Studio Model
Yulia Ryzhova ... Studio Model
Mika Kinose ... Office Lady
Masakazu Nagakura ... Pachinko Parlor Employee
Shinji Furukawa ... Pachinko Parlor Customer
Maria Takagi ... Waitress at Japanese Restaurant
Akihiko Ando ... Restaurant Manager
Alessandra ... Model
Katrina B. ... Model
Tanya Allen ... Model (as Tanya)
Takao Toji ... Tokyo Doctor
Shizuka Fujimoto ... Tokyo Exam Room Nurse
Yutaka Mishima ... Ghost Magazine Layout Designer
Maiko Asano ... Mother on Train
Rei Sato ... Boy on Train
Homare Hasegawa ... Passenger on Train
Kei Hirosawa ... Passenger on Train
Michiyo Kaneko ... Passenger on Train
Koichi Kase ... Passenger on Train
Yasuke Kawarada ... Passenger on Train
Ayuko Koyama ... Passenger on Train
Konomi Moriyama ... Passenger on Train
Akira Sato ... Passenger on Train
Miyoko Yamaguchi ... Passenger on Train
Runa Kozuki ... Girl in Park (as Runa Kozuka)
Natsuki ... TGK Female Staff
Akihiro Shimomura ... Megumi's Father
Gen Takatsuka ... Monk
Natalia Tsvetkova ... Brooklyn Nurse
Asya ... Model in Adam's Photo Box
Graziela ... Model in Adam's Photo Box
Ami Fujimoto ... Model in Adam's Photo Box
Miki Hirono ... Model in Adam's Photo Box
Ingrid ... Model in Adam's Photo Box
Ananda ... Model in Adam's Photo Box
Emiko Kondo ... Model in Adam's Photo Box
Liana ... Model in Adam's Photo Box
Tsukasa Minami ... Model in Adam's Photo Box
Asami Momose ... Model in Adam's Photo Box
Nadia ... Model in Adam's Photo Box
Nadiya ... Model in Adam's Photo Box
Natsue Orikawa ... Model in Adam's Photo Box
Zoya ... Model in Adam's Photo Box
Olga Alex ... Model in Headshot
Julia G. ... Model in Headshot
Ira M. ... Model in Headshot
Natalia Silkina ... Model in Headshot (as Natalia Si)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Reila Aphrodite ... Satsuki (uncredited)

Masami Kosaka ... Japanese Man (uncredited)
Rana Morrison ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Bob Werley ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Masayuki Ochiai 
Writing credits
Luke Dawson (screenplay) (as Luke Dawson)

Banjong Pisanthanakun  2004 movie (uncredited)
Sophon Sakdaphisit  2004 movie (uncredited)
Parkpoom Wongpoom  2004 movie (uncredited)

Produced by
Paiboon Damrongchaitham .... co-producer
Boosaba Daoruang .... co-producer (as Boosaba Daorueng)
Doug Davison .... producer
Gloria Fan .... executive producer
Satoshi Fukushima .... line producer
Richard Guay .... associate producer
Takashige Ichise .... producer (as Taka Ichise)
Roy Lee .... producer
Sonny Mallhi .... executive producer
Arnon Milchan .... executive producer
Visute Poolvoralaks .... co-producer
Yodphet Sudsawad .... co-producer
Original Music by
Nathan Barr 
Cinematography by
Katsumi Yanagijima (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Timothy Alverson  (as Tim Alverson)
Michael N. Knue 
Casting by
Donna Isaacson 
Christian Kaplan 
Production Design by
Norifumi Ataka 
Set Decoration by
Fumiaki Suzaka 
Nobuaki Watanabe 
Makeup Department
Rick Findlater .... key hair stylist: US
Rick Findlater .... key makeup artist: US
Georgia Lockhart-Adams .... hair stylist: US
Georgia Lockhart-Adams .... makeup artist: US
Yûichi Matsui .... special makeup effects artist (as Yuichi Matsui)
Toshiya Ohta .... hair stylist: commercial photo shoot
Toshiya Ohta .... makeup artist: commercial photo shoot
Fumi Takeshita .... key hair stylist: Japan
Fumi Takeshita .... key makeup artist: Japan
Yoko Yamazaki .... hair stylist: Japan
Yoko Yamazaki .... makeup artist: Japan
Production Management
Brady Vant Hull .... production supervisor: second unit, Tokyo
Keizô Shukuzaki .... production manager (as Keizo Shukuzaki)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kazuhiko Kondô .... first assistant director: Japan
Ed Licht .... first assistant director
Yôichi Matsunaga .... second assistant director: Japan
Amy Wilkins .... second assistant director
Takaji Yamaguchi .... third assistant director: Japan
Sound Department
David Betancourt .... foley mixer
James Bolt .... sound re-recording mixer
Smokey Cloud .... first assistant sound editor
Ronny Cox .... adr mixer (as Ron Cox)
Dawn Fintor .... foley artist
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
David Grimaldi .... sound effects editor
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Scott A. Jennings .... sound effects editor
Masato Komatsu .... sound mixer
Cliff Latimer .... adr editor
Tim Lauber .... adr recordist
David Lucarelli .... adr mixer
Chuck Michael .... sound designer
Chuck Michael .... sound re-recording mixer
Chuck Michael .... supervising sound editor
Nash Michael .... foley editor
Takashi Nakazato .... boom operator
Chris Navarro .... adr mixer
Paul Pavelka .... re-recording engineer
Eliza Pollack Zebert .... supervising dialogue editor
Charleen Richards .... adr mixer (as Charleen Richards-Steeves)
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist
Shinji Watanabe .... boom operator
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Hidekazu Kishiura .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Andrea Caretta .... digital lighting and compositing artist
Thomas F. Ford IV .... visual effects producer: New Regency/Twentieth Century Fox
Bonnie Kanner .... visual effects executive producer: Pixel Magic
George Macri .... visual effects producer: Pixel Magic
Hajime Matsumoto .... visual effect supervisor: Big-X
Ray McIntyre Jr. .... visual effects supervisor: Pixel Magic
Josh Mossotti .... visual effects artist
Reid Paul .... senior digital effects supervisor: Pixel Magic
Neal Sopata .... digital artist
Bob Wiatr .... digital effects compositor: Pacific Title
Masanobu Amemiya .... stunts
Yoshinao Aonuma .... stunts
Mark Chinnery .... stunt double
Shunsuke Gondo .... stunts
Nami Hanada .... stunts
Yulia Kozyritskaya .... stunt double
Natalia Mokienko .... stunt double
Shô Nishino .... stunt double
Shinji Noro .... stunts
Shiho Okamoto .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael FitzMaurice .... aerial director of photography: Tokyo
Takahiro Imai .... first assistant camera
Bill Kaye .... still photographer
Shigeto Kunii .... first assistant camera
Shigeto Mizuno .... second assistant camera
Kohei Suzuki .... electrician
Shinzi Suzuki .... camera operator
Yoshimi Watabe .... chief lighting technician
Katsuyuki Yanagisawa .... key grip
Casting Department
Caitlin McKenna .... adr voice casting (as Caitlin McKenna-Wilkinson)
Masashi Yamaguchi .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Minako Matsumoto .... assistant stylist
Akiko Nomura .... stylist
Stevie Sterman .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Gilbert Carreras .... lab color timer
Michael Eaves .... digital intermediate colorist
Mel Friedman .... first assistant editor
Yoshie Ishiguro .... first assistant editor
David Kennedy .... digital intermediate assistant
Location Management
Taishi Hirahara .... location manager
Yoshiki Imaoka .... location manager
Rana Morrison .... location assistance
Music Department
Christine Bergren .... music legal and clearance
Audrey DeRoche .... score supervisor (as Audrey deRoche)
Dave Jordan .... music supervisor
Lise Richardson .... music editor
Damon Tedesco .... score mixer
Rebekah Touma .... music coordinator
Jojo Villanueva .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Takahiro Himeno .... driver
Joetaro Kitamura .... driver
Keiichi Sugimoto .... driver
Other crew
Chiho Asada .... interpreter
Jane Bulmer .... assistant: Arnon Milchan
Brad Combs .... assistant: Arnon Milchan (as Michael Bradley Combs)
Richard Guay .... production consultant
Naomi Hatta .... assistant: Satoshi Fukushima
Jerrold McKinley Ivery .... post-production accountant
Hideaki Jimbo .... production coordinator
Kyohei Kato .... production assistant
Bill Kaye .... photography advisor: Joshua Jackson
Kelly Kiernan .... production executive
Chisono Kikkawa .... production assistant
Brian Kobo .... aerial coordinator
Hideo Kunimatsu .... dialect coach
Kazuhiko Matsugu .... script supervisor: second unit
Kurando Mitsutake .... assistant: Masayuki Ochiai
Keisuke Nakata .... production assistant
Natsuko Nezu .... production accountant
Mariko Nishizawa .... clearance
Frédéric North .... camera helicopter pilot: Tokyo
Rina Ohashi .... interpreter
Akiko Okada .... bilingual production assistant
Yoko Oyabu .... production coordinator
Shinya Saeki .... production assistant
Kazuko Shingyoku .... script supervisor
Natalia Silkina .... double: Jane
Bryan Smiley .... assistant: Arnon Milchan
Hiroko Stanhope .... assistant: Taka Ichise
Tsuzumi Takagi .... bilingual production assistant
Katsuya Tsukui .... bilingual production assistant
Chiaki Yanagimoto .... assistant: Mr. Ochiai
Kazumi Nakamura .... adr voice (uncredited)

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Rated PG-13 for terror, disturbing images, sexual content and language
85 min | USA:90 min (unrated version)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA15+ | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Québec) | Finland:K-15 | Finland:K-16 (re-rating) | France:Tous publics (with warning) | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:IIB | Ireland:16 | Ireland:15 (video rating) | Italy:VM14 | Malaysia:U | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Philippines:PG-13 (MTRCB) | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:NC-16 (DVD rating) | Singapore:PG13 (edited TV version) | South Africa:16 | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:PG-13 (certificate #43974)
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Did You Know?

In photography, a shutter is a device that allows light to pass for a determined period of time, exposing photographic film or a light-sensitive electronic sensor to light in order to capture a permanent image of a scene. A shutter can also be used to allow pulses of light to pass outwards, as seen in a movie projector or a signal lamp.See more »
Continuity: It is raining when Ben and Jane drive down the road. When they hit the ghost, the scene fades to black. When the scene fades back in, it's snowing heavily, and a thick sheet of snow covers the ground. They start talking as they get out of the car, and the snow stops.See more »
Benjamin Shaw:[on seeing Megumi sitting on his shoulders in a photo] GET OFF MESee more »
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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
PG13 rating says it all, 2 December 2008
Author: valleyjohn from United Kingdom

Why do i do it? I keep complaining about these Asian remakes yet i keep watching them . Maybe i do it so you don't have to , maybe it's because I'm sadistic or maybe I'm just waiting for there to be one that's any good? Whatever the reason one thing that i know is true is that Shutter is worst i have seen yet.

For photographer Ben and his new wife Jane , his new assignment -- a lucrative fashion shoot in Tokyo -- was supposed to be a kind of working honeymoon. Ben and Jane arrive in Japan. But as they make their way on a mountain road leading to Mt. Fuji, their new life together comes to, literally, a crashing halt. Their car smashes into a woman standing in the middle of the road, who has materialised out of nowhere. Upon regaining consciousness after the accident, but they cannot find any trace of the girl .

Shaken by the accident and by the girl's disappearance, they arrive in Tokyo, where Ben begins his glamorous assignment. Having worked in Japan before and fluent in the language, Ben is comfortable there, and he eagerly reunites with old friends and colleagues. Jane feels very much like a stranger in a strange land as she makes tentative, unsettling forays through the city.

Ben, meanwhile, has discovered mysterious white blurs , evocative of a human form , that have materialised on an entire day's work from the expensive photo shoot. Jane's concerns escalate as she believes the blurs in Ben's photos are the dead girl from the road, who is now seeking vengeance for them leaving her to die...

Without watching Shutter you already know the format. Spirits that have pasty faces and fail to recognise the value of the slogan "rest in peace. Shutter is also another "ghost in the machine" story, except this time the machine is a camera.

The trouble is there is absolutely nothing scary about this movie . There is plenty of bangs and crashes and you are bombarded with noise but nothing at all visual that would remotely send a chill down the spine. There is one scene that i liked where the screen went black every few seconds as to imitate the flash of a camera but that is all i cant think of that i can say is good about this film.

The acting is irrelevant because the film is so dull . Fans of The American Office and Heroes might recognise a couple of the cast.

This is the first Asian remake i have seen that hails from from Thailand but it is still the same old dross that has been dished up over the last couple of years . Director Masayuki Ochiai has failed miserably to achieve anything worth while and it's a film that will fade from the memory very fast indeed.

The PG-13 rating says it all, while opening the gates to bored teenagers it will turn hardcore horror aficionados in the other direction.

I don't know about you but i want my Horror movies to be 18 rated and nothing less.

3 out of 10

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