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Nightmare Detective 2 (2008)
"Akumu tantei 2" (original title)

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Still haunted by his unwanted abilities, which allows him to enter other people's dreams, and memories of his mother dying when he was a child, Kyoichi Kagenuma (Ryuhei Matsuda) ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Ryûhei Matsuda ...
Kyoichi Kagenuma
Yui Miura ...
Yukie Mashiro
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wako Andô ...
Mutsumi
Miwako Ichikawa ...
Itsuko Kagenuma
Hanae Kan ...
Yuko Kikugawa
Toshiyuki Kitami ...
Tetsuji Kikugawa
Hatsune Matsushima ...
Akiko
Ken Mitsuishi ...
Takio Kagenuma
Hinata Sasaki
Shungiku Uchida ...
Kiriko
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Still haunted by his unwanted abilities, which allows him to enter other people's dreams, and memories of his mother dying when he was a child, Kyoichi Kagenuma (Ryuhei Matsuda) contemplates suicide while slowly drowns in his world of misery. Yukie Mashiro (Yui Miura), having heard rumors about Kagenuma's extraordinary abilities, visits his home to beg for his help. She tells him she suffers from nightly nightmares that are getting scarier. The murderous ghost in the dreams has already killed two of her friends and she's afraid she's the next to die. She believes that only Kagenuma could save her. Kagenuma ignores her pleas for help. Yukie, refusing to give up, returns every day to change his mind. Kagenuma finally decides to take on Yukie's case to understand the circumstances of his mother's death. It, however, demands from Kagenuma more than he expected to give while it leads him into the darkest corners of dream scape. Written by MaLynn

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6 October 2013 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

I remember thinking the first Nightmare Detective was a pretty good film, but fairly conventional as far as the great Shinya Tsukamoto is concerned. This sequel is a huge improvement. Ryuhei Matsuda returns as the titular detective. He is recruited by a high school student (Yui Miura) to dissipate her nightmares, which are being haunted by a still living classmate whom she and her friends bullied. Matsuda finds similarities between the girl's problems and his own nightmares, which concern his mother (Miwako Ichikawa), who attempted to murder him twice before ending her own life. There is a great uneasiness to the picture: for one, thing, it's always quite ambiguous on whether we're in the real world or a dream. I think a good 90% of the film does take place in dreams. There are tons of frightening images, but Tsukamoto is incredibly subtle in his direction (I must say, though, I'm no fan of the hand-held, digital camera work). The film handles the emotions of Matsuda's past beautifully, and, in the end, the film is surprisingly moving.


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