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Tokyo Psycho (2004)

Tôkyô densetsu: ugomeku machi no kyôki (original title)
| Horror | 2004 (Japan)
Sachiko Kokubu, the beautiful owner of a Tokyo design agency, finds her life disrupted when she receives paper scraps stitched together with piano wire with the message "I know you were ... See full summary »

Director:

Ataru Oikawa

Writers:

Yumeaki Hirayama (short story "Tôkyô densetsu: ugomeku machi no kowai hanashi"), Ataru Oikawa (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Seiji Chihara Seiji Chihara ... Keisuke Kataoka
Yuka Hayashi Yuka Hayashi ... Mika Nakahara
Sachiko Kokubu Sachiko Kokubu ... Yumiko Oosawa
Mizuho Nakamura Mizuho Nakamura ... Moe Masumoto (as Miduho Nakamura)
Masashi Taniguchi Masashi Taniguchi ... Osamu Komiya
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Sachiko Kokubu, the beautiful owner of a Tokyo design agency, finds her life disrupted when she receives paper scraps stitched together with piano wire with the message "I know you were meant to marry me." As further messages come she embarks on a nightmare investigation to uncover the identity of her tormentor. Written by robotaffliction1103

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A Shocking Tale Of Real Life Horror From The Director Of TOMIE!

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

2004 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Japan

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Take Shobo Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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A confusing crap-fest.
15 April 2005 | by RossLikesMoviesSee all my reviews

###possible spoilers###

Tokyo psycho is about a woman who goes to a high school reunion. Before this she has received a blood stained letter saying 'you have to marry me'. From the outset this sounds quite interesting. Though unfortunately the film never developed or fulfilled my intrigue. The plot of the movie could be compared to the American horror valentine. In fact you may even call it a rip off.

The first thing that struck me was the look of the film. The director has chosen to use, in the scenes of the 'tokyo psycho' moving around, a grainy camera. Similar to video camera style. A sort of crawling, slow moving angle. Which really doesn't work that well. The film in general looks very cheap. This is obviously a very low budget production. The settings are very bland and white. I'm also guessing that the film stock was cheap as this simply doesn't look like a film. It looks unprofessional in a way I can't quite explain.

The main character, Yumi something or other, has virtually no personality. She just looks scared every now and then but has no depth whatsoever. The others characters don't fare much better. Her friend who's name I forget is also fairly wooden in her role. The only character worthy of a mention is the 'psycho'. He gives quite a demented, although random and unrelated to anything actually going on, type performance. Its almost like he stepped into the wrong film, as he seems a little out of place in this oak forest school of 'actors.'

Eventually the story of Tokyo psycho becomes dull. Its not a long film but watching it became a chore. The script is fairly lousy and takes way to many liberties in getting to the point. For example the psycho is conveniantly posing as Yumi's friends fiancé. Oh the coincidence! The 'psychos' motives are never really explained in depth either. We are simply given a shallow, cliché, this is the loner kid kind of explanation. Theirs also no specific reason why the guy chooses to pick on Yumi. Even valentine came up with a better, although still crap reason.

To conclude I have to say that I'm rather disappointed with this film. If you like films with wooden characters, a confusing, ridiculous plot and a dull storyline apply here. If not I recommend that you steer well clear. That everyone then?

By the way it never really becomes clear why the film is 'Tokyo psycho'. I don't believe that tokyo was mentioned at all. By the way the subtitles are bad. The translations are often sloppy at best. Final thought: Nice boxart, shame about the film. Its destined for the bargain bins or more accurately, the rubbish bins as thats where my copies headed. Oh and From where I'm standing it seems they translated the Japanese title incorrectly. It wasn't Tokyo Psycho, it was Tokyo Bore.


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