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Shutter (2008)

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A newly married couple discovers disturbing, ghostly images in photographs they develop after a tragic accident. Fearing the manifestations may be connected, they investigate and learn that some mysteries are better left unsolved.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ben
... Jane
... Megumi
... Bruno
... Adam
... Seiko
... Ritsuo (as James Kyson Lee)
... Akiko
Kei Yamamoto ... Murase
... Natasha
... Megan
Pascal Morineau ... Wedding Photographer
Masaki Ota ... Police Officer
Heideru Tatsuo ... Police Officer
... Yoko
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Storyline

A newlywed couple Ben and Jane move to Japan for a promising job opportunity - a fashion shoot in Tokyo. During their trip on a dark forest road they experience a tragic car accident, leading to the death of a young local girl. Upon regaining consciousness, they find no trace of her body. A bit distraught the couple arrives in Tokyo to begin their new life. Meanwhile Ben begins noticing strange white blurs in many of his fashion shoot photographs. Jane believes that the blurs are actually spirit photography of the dead girl who they hit on the road, and that she may be seeking vengeance. Written by Brian Corder

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Revenge Never Dies! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for terror, disturbing images, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 March 2008 (USA)  »

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Okidač  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,447,559, 23 March 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$25,926,543, 22 June 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$47,879,410, 4 March 2012
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1.85 : 1
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(at around 39 mins) Murase says something in Japanese to Ben and Jane which causes Ben to panic and make him leave their home and refuses to explain this to her. The dialogue was not subtitled but his words had something to do with Megumi, and they translate to "What you've done cannot be undone. You'll always be with her. I cannot and will not help you." See more »

Goofs

(at around 17 mins) At one point, Jane says she must call New York, but Ben says it's 3am there, yesterday. This is a mistake. If it was 3am in New York, in Tokyo it would be 4pm in the afternoon on the same day (give or take an hour for differences in daylight savings). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Benjamin Shaw: Um, so, anyway... thank you all so much for being here and... uh, let's eat some cake!
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Connections

Referenced in Demon Baby (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Come On Shake
Written by Ali Dee (as Ali Theodore) and Michael Sandlofer
Performed by Shake
Courtesy of DeeTown Entertainment
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Way, Way Better than I Expected
22 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

This was a surprisingly good, old fashioned ghost story.

I haven't seen the original and I'm not a fanboy, so I didn't have any axes to grind going in. The cast is very good if somewhat underutilized, the photography and musical scoring are excellent, and there's a plot twist that caught me completely by surprise.

Watching the previews you'd think this was the one millionth Asian horror with a vengeful female spirit who has long black hair and dark circles under her eyes. There's more than that going on here.

And, without giving any plot points away, the final shot of the film is going to stay with me for a long, long time.

Sure, this isn't the most original piece of work ever. It's part of a long tradition of ghost stories. But the makers had the sense to keep it to 85 minutes so it's over before you really begin to think how familiar some of the material is.


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