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28 January 2006 (Japan) See more »
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Asuka is an aspiring model who moves to Tokyo to pursue her career. She moves into a small apartment with a friend of a friend... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Overall a thrilling experience!! .. but the solution? not quite ;) See more (6 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Reika Hashimoto ... Asuka Hoshino
Kaori Kawamura ... Kasumi
Shunsuke Matsuoka ... Yusuke Shiraki
Masanobu Andô ... Tatsuo Sorayama
Hijiri Kojima ... Aoi
Seri Iwahori ... Aika
Angie ... Mary Ayabe
Jô Odagiri ... Joker Jono
Masao Kusakari ... Ryusei Yozan
Eiji Okuda ... Inspector Minezaki
Shinzen Okada ... Isamu Kimura
Sawaco ... Mayumi
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gô Ayano
Kikuo Kaneuchi
Ken Mitsuishi
Mitsu Murata
Gô Rijû
Hideo Sakaki
Teru
Ken'ichi Yajima

Directed by
Macoto Tezuka 
 
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Macoto Tezuka 

Produced by
Takashi Asai .... producer
Yui Tamae .... assistant producer
 
Original Music by
Kan Takagi 
 
Cinematography by
Kazuhiro Shirao 
 
Production Design by
Ayako Matsuo 
 
Art Direction by
Toshihiro Isomi 
 
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Tomohiro Kubo .... assistant director
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Noboru Miyashita .... gaffer
 

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Also Known As:
"Shinkuronishiti" - Japan (original title)
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Japan:133 min
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Overall a thrilling experience!! .. but the solution? not quite ;), 19 January 2008
Author: kmevy from Graz, Austria

This film was both a huge surprise and a slight disappointment at the very same time. I was stunned by the sustained suspense, the fascinating photography and some interesting elements of the editing, the ingenious sound/soundtrack, the solid acting, the art-style, characters and the story, which has kind of a B-movie vibe to it. I was simply amazed by this tense atmosphere! A perfect example how to stage such a thriller full of uncertainty, fear and suspicion.

So, why then disappointment? Well, the horrible thing is that within the storyline, at the very end, weakness is concealed.

Of course there are few other slight negatives, like some rare awkward moments when the acting felt kind of enforced. And also when the editing was really strange, when the plot jumped in an incomprehensible way to a total different place, so the story-flow felt kind of broken. But in contrary i have to say that there were sometimes ingenious moments of the editing when only few seconds were cut out; this had an interesting staccato effect.

I wouldn't say that the story itself is that bad because throughout the film the storyline makes perfectly sense and is, combined with the masterly crafted atmosphere, very compelling. The only problem is that the ending feels rushed and the explanation was to me way too incomplete. I was just a bit dissatisfied after the long yet amazing buildup. I don't want to spoil anything, so i will keep my mouth shut about the precise fact why this solution was so insipid to me. But maybe other people won't be that bothered by it; it is still only my opinion.

I just want to say that you should definitely watch this film if you already have an interest in it. Do not hesitate! You will definitely enjoy it! In many aspects i would even call it a masterpiece!! .. but .. it is just simply that .. damn solution!! ;)

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