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  (in credits order)

Kôji Yakusho ... Noboru Yoshioka
Manami Konishi ... Harue Nimura

Tsuyoshi Ihara ... Tôru Miyaji
Hiroyuki Hirayama ... Wakai Keiji Sakurai
Ikuji Nakamura ... Shôichi Sakuma

Ryo Kase ... Sagyôsen no Sen'in (as Ryô Kase)
Kaoru Okunuki ... Miyuki Yabe
Hironobu Nomura ... Seiji Onoda
Jin Muraki ... Kenshikan Furuya
Hajime Inoue ... Keiji
Naoko Miyake ... Kangofu
Yôko Chôsokabe ... Kangofu
Takahiro Satô ... Sakuma no Musuko Yûsuke
Kenkichi Watanabe ... Shiryôgakari
Kaoru Mizuki ... Shibata Reiko no Hahaoya
Sakiko Akiyoshi ... Shibata
Ryo Tanaka ... Shin'ya Ichikawa (as Ryô Tanaka)
Tadashi Suzuki ... Wakai Isha
Kazutoshi Sakamoto ... Kôtsûka no Wakai Junsa
Kôhei Watanabe ... Onoda Bôeki no Jûgyôin
Ikuyo Ishii ... Akai Fuku no Onna no Hahaoya
Itsuki Hoshi ... Nyûji
Takanori Hamachika ... Keiji
Taiki Fujioka ... Keiji
Hiroshi Inoue ... Keiji
Ryô Matsumoto ... Keikan
Naoya Mita ... Veteran Cop
Nobuhiro Ueki ... Keikan
Yoshirô Nishikawa ... Keikan
Haruo Furuya ... Kanshiki
Taro Fujioka ... Kanshiki (as Tarô Fujioka)
Shôhei Yasuda ... Kanshiki
Yoshina Makino ... Sakebi no Koe (voice)
Joe Odagiri ... Seishinkai Takagi
Riona Hazuki ... Akai Fuku no Onna

Directed by
Kiyoshi Kurosawa 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kiyoshi Kurosawa  written by

Produced by
Nobuhiro Azuma .... associate producer
Ryuhei Chiba .... executive producer (as Ryûhei Chiba)
Kazuya Hamana .... executive producer
Takashige Ichise .... producer
Yoshikazu Kenmochi .... associate producer
Yukie Kito .... associate producer (as Yuki'e Kitô)
Yasushi Kotani .... executive producer
Shingo Miyauchi .... line producer
Original Music by
Kuniaki Haishima 
Cinematography by
Akiko Ashizawa 
Film Editing by
Nobuyuki Takahashi 
Casting by
Masashi Yamaguchi 
Makeup Department
Yûichi Matsui .... special makeup effects artist
Special Effects by
Yûichi Matsui .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Shûji Asano .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Shigeto Kunii .... first assistant camera
Editorial Department
John Sellars .... colorist

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Also Known As:
"Sakebi" - Japan (original title)
"Shriek" - International (English title) (working title), Japan (literal English title)
"J-Horror Theater Vol. 4" - International (English title) (series title)
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Rated R for some violent content
104 min | Italy:103 min (Venice Film Festival)
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2 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Disappointing, 29 August 2010
Author: zettaichan from United States

This is a rather forgettable horror film, which is a letdown coming from Kiyoshi Kurosawa. I see people on the messageboard for this film claiming that disliking it shows a lack of sophistication, or a failure to appreciate Japanese cinema. I'm a fan of the Asian horror wave of the past decade or so. I had no trouble following movies like Suicide Club, The Eye, and A Tale of Two Sisters. And I love several of Kiyoshi Kurosawa's other works: Cure, Charisma, Korei (Seance) and Kairo (Pulse.) I didn't like Retribution. It has long tension-building takes and quirky observed moments like Kurosawa's better works; he's an assured director who excels at atmosphere. But the plot of this film may actually be TOO clear. Cure, Charisma and Pulse are evocative films that leave central questions unanswered, haunting viewers.

In Retribution, everything is revealed, and the supernatural comes to seem ordinary, a little boring and even a little silly. Techniques and images repeat from Kurosawa's better films. Retribution has its moments, but there's nothing here that Kurosawa hasn't already done better elsewhere.

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