Sakebi (2006)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  24 February 2007 (Japan)
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A detective investigates a series of murders. A possible serial killer might be on a rampage, since they all are in the same vicinity and by the same method, but as the evidence points ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Noboru Yoshioka
Manami Konishi ...
Harue Nimura
Tôru Miyaji
Hiroyuki Hirayama ...
Wakai Keiji Sakurai
Ikuji Nakamura ...
Shôichi Sakuma
Sagyôsen no Sen'in
Kaoru Okunuki ...
Miyuki Yabe
Hironobu Nomura ...
Seiji Onoda
Jin Muraki ...
Kenshikan Furuya
Hajime Inoue ...
Naoko Miyake ...
Yôko Chôsokabe ...
Takahiro Satô ...
Sakuma no Musuko Yûsuke
Kenkichi Watanabe ...
Kaoru Mizuki ...
Shibata Reiko no Hahaoya


A detective investigates a series of murders. A possible serial killer might be on a rampage, since they all are in the same vicinity and by the same method, but as the evidence points toward the detective as the prime suspect, a ghost in red follows him, and he begins to question his identity. His realization of what seems to have really happened results in something much more sinister and larger in scope, and it leaves his psyche scarred. Written by MuzikJunky

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Rated R for some violent content | See all certifications »


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Another unusual and original Kiyoshi Kurosawa horror film.
12 April 2011 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

You know you're getting something special and unusual when watching a Kiyoshi Kurosawa movie. Reason why I often like his movies so much is because they always start of as something formulaic and you're sure the movie will be heading in a certain direction but then suddenly it will completely turn around and the movie and its story start taking an unexpected approach.

The movie pretty much starts off as a thriller, in which the police is hunting down a supposed serial killer. But it soon starts to become apparent that there actually is far more going on and the movie takes a more horror-like turn.

But please don't watch this movie expecting a typical Japanese horror flick, with scare moments and such. This movie is anything but typical and it's just not really a straight-forward horror flick. It's more subtle and clever with its story and build-up. Some people might find it too slow but those were probably expecting this movie to be a more typical Japanese horror flick.

It's really a movie that is heavy on its build-up. It can definitely get hard to follow and understand at times but this is basically always the case with a Kiyoshi Kurosawa movie. They allow you to think and interpret certain scenes and moments in your own way. Lots is always being left up to your own interpretation, so also don't expect the movie to just hand you all of the questions or to give a clear explanation of everything at the end.

It's really a very well directed movie, that also focuses heavily on its visuals. It's a real fine looking movie, with nice cinematography and some great settings got picked, for the movie its story. Kiyoshi Kurosawa is also an horror director who often uses special effects for his movies. It's always very well incorporated into his films and all serves a purpose within the style and story of the movies, as is also the case with this movie.

Really a movie you have to experience for yourself.


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