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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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Storyline

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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Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

8 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Neighbor No. Thirteen See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Color
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Revenge is sweet

They say, "What goes around comes around," or "Karma is a bitch." In the case of bullies, I really hope that is true. Maybe they should show this film in schools to let them know that bullies sometimes get their just desserts, even if it is many years later.

Jûzô (Shun Oguri) was constantly bullied by Akai (Hirofumi Arai) and his friends in school. Now, they work for the same company, and even live in the same apartment building. Akai doesn't recognize Juzo, and that is good because he continues his bullying ways, and is going to get a taste of revenge.

But, before that we are witness to some real struggles between Juzo and his alter ego (Shidô Nakamura). This is presented in the form of an imaginary house, and again in cartoon form. Juzo doesn't want violence, but his alter ego is insistent. Apparently, the bullying drove him crazy.

The only think that prevent a higher score is the ending, which is very confusing. I have to chalk that up to the fact that this was a first attempt for both the director and the writers. Other than that, it was captivating -- with blood and gore, I have to add.

Takashi Miike makes a brief appearance as the first victim.


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