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Loft (2005)

Rofuto (original title)
Reiko, a prize-winning writer, moves to a quiet isolated house to finish up her new novel. One night she sees the man next door transporting an object wrapped in cloth. She finds out he is ... See full summary »

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Kiyoshi Kurosawa

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Kiyoshi Kurosawa (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Miki Nakatani ... Reiko Haruna
Etsushi Toyokawa Etsushi Toyokawa ... Makoto Yoshioka
Hidetoshi Nishijima ... Koichi Kijima
Yumi Adachi ... Aya
Sawa Suzuki Sawa Suzuki ... Megumi Nonomura
Haruhiko Katô Haruhiko Katô ... Murakami
Ren Osugi ... Hino (as Ren Ôsugi)
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Noriko Eguchi Noriko Eguchi
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Reiko, a prize-winning writer, moves to a quiet isolated house to finish up her new novel. One night she sees the man next door transporting an object wrapped in cloth. She finds out he is an archaeologist researching an ancient mummy that was recently found.

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Another Misery is Coming... I Can Feel It See more »

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Horror

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Country:

Japan | South Korea

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

9 September 2006 (Japan) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR (digital)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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great buildup.......and?
22 February 2006 | by wjohanbSee all my reviews

No living director anywhere can build creeping, gnawing, raw nerve anticipatory tension like Kurosawa. Aside from that? Well, it's a mixed bag. His new film, English title "Loft", twists slowly on your skin early on, digging deeper and deeper. And then it sort of just stops. The shallow breathed fear that he creates, having you flinch at every movement in delicious tension (What's that! Oh, it's a TV. Wait! What's THAT! Oh, just a shadow) is unique. His mastery of composition in the frame, of scene, setting, character movement, sound, are unparalleled. And in this he sets himself up. There would have to be one hell of a harrowing finale to bring it all to a satisfying conclusion. As it is, "Loft" creeps up on you, hypnotizing you in fear; and then it just waits a while, and creeps back away. Not to say that the (lengthy) conclusion is poor, in any other movie it would be great. He twists several cliché horror staples in unique ways, and even finds some delirious humor. But it just doesn't work well enough. You almost feel the plot stumble and come close to falling. Kurosawa's brilliance with horror is that he does not scare you with sudden movements, grotesque images and stunts. He creates dread, primal and powerful. His horror slowly leans over your shoulder until it stares you in the eye. Unfortunately, in "Loft", the audience wins the staring contest.


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