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The Neighbor No. Thirteen (2005)

Rinjin 13-gô (original title)
Jûzô Murasaki is a boy miscast in his classroom, being frequently abused, tortured, beaten and humiliated by the bully Tôru Akai and his gang of juvenile punks. After years of repression, ... See full summary »

Director:

Yasuo Inoue

Writers:

Santa Inoue (manga Rinjin 13-gô), Hajime Kado (screenplay)

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Cast

Credited cast:
Shidô Nakamura ... 13-gô
Shun Oguri ... Jûzô Murasaki
Hirofumi Arai ... Tôru Akai
Yumi Yoshimura ... Nozomi Akai
Tomoya Ishii Tomoya Ishii ... Hajime Seki
Minoru Matsumoto Minoru Matsumoto ... Shinigami
Yui Nakajô Yui Nakajô ... Yuki Akai
Jun Ogasawara Jun Ogasawara ... Teenaged Jûzô
Masashi Tanaka Masashi Tanaka ... Teenaged Akai
Hiroshi Okawa Hiroshi Okawa ... Construction Foreman
Gekidan Hitori Gekidan Hitori ... Comedian on TV
Mitsu Murata Mitsu Murata ... Golf Shop Employee
Takashi Miike ... Kaneda
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yumi Kato Yumi Kato ... Amusement Park Attendant
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Jûzô Murasaki is a boy miscast in his classroom, being frequently abused, tortured, beaten and humiliated by the bully Tôru Akai and his gang of juvenile punks. After years of repression, rejection and fear without facing Akai, he develops a psychopathic dual personality with a violent alter-ego. While living in the apartment 13 of a tenement building, he becomes unable to control his violent dark personality, who plots an evil revenge against his upper floor neighbor Akai and his family. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language, some sexual content and nudity | See all certifications »

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Not a horror film--not even a good drama
23 June 2009 | by Der_SchnibblerSee all my reviews

If you are expecting horror, forget it. If you are expecting "psychological thriller," forget that too. In fact, if you are expecting anything halfway moving, gripping, or attention-grabbing in the least, FORGET ALL ABOUT IT.

The film has a decent premise but unfortunately displays the absolute worst traits of a certain strain of Japanese horror films which, as another reviewer mentions, owe a lot to Miike's more exasperatingly BORING experiments, such as that "Ichii" crap.

The problem here is that this movie move's at a snail's pace. That would have been alright had there been some kind of payoff, but there is not. Characters stare at each other for MINUTES ON END inexplicably in the middle of a @#$# conversation, children see dead, bloodied bodies and simply stand there aloof like scarecrows before casually walking away--countless reactions are completely fake and unrealistic. The film was a great idea but any kind of dramatic effect is robbed from it by the stupid SILENCE and stilted dialogue which plagues the entire film.

If you think boring crap such as "964 Pinocchio" and the "All Night Long" series were "disturbing," you'll probably like this film too. If you're looking for a REAL MOVIE, you'll wish you hadn't given it the chance in the first place, especially considering it's nearly two hours long. (If they had had haflway normal dialog and half-way HUMAN reactions among characters, the film would've been an hour and a half).

If you're looking for good Asian horror/revenge/drama, see the Korean "Oldboy." As far as "Rinjin 13-gô" goes: AVOID.


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Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

8 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Japan

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