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Haze (2005)

A man wakes up to find himself locked in a cramped concrete maze of corridors, in which he can barely move. He doesn't remember why he is there or how he got there. He has a terrible stomach injury and is slowly bleeding to death.

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Shin'ya Tsukamoto
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Cast overview:
Shin'ya Tsukamoto
Takahiro Murase Takahiro Murase
Takahiro Kandaka Takahiro Kandaka
Masato Tsujioka Masato Tsujioka
Mao Saito Mao Saito ... (as Mao Saitô)
Kaori Fujii Kaori Fujii
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A man wakes up to find himself locked in a very tiny, cramped concrete corridor, in which he can barely move. He doesn't remember why he is there or how he got there. He has a terrible stomach injury and is slowly bleeding to death. He begins to edge his way along the narrow maze-like corridors, only to see other people undergoing their own horrible tests though holes in the walls. Unable to find a way out, he finally gives up on the struggle and gives in. Barely clinging to his sanity he creeps forward with the last ounces of his strength and meets a woman in a place full of floating corpses. The man and the woman both try to recall where they came from, but their memories are so uncertain that they are not even sure they want to return. The man insists on giving up but the woman maintains that it was not her fault and refuses to give up. Reluctantly he agrees to help her, as she attempts to swim past the corpses. Neither of them can imagine the incredible end to the journey.

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You will experience the palpable feeling of terror and all encompassing sense of claustrophobia as you watch this intense exercise in basic fear and dread...

Genres:

Horror | Mystery

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1 October 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Haze - Il Muro See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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In his interview at Locarno Festival, the director said he found the initial idea watching Charles Bronson's claustrophobic tunnel scene in The Great Escape. See more »

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Saw vs Cube
6 June 2006 | by paultjiamSee all my reviews

This Japanese low budget horror movie is a true piece of postmodern eclectic movie-making. Instead of using Japanese movies as a source of inspiration (Like: the Ring, Grudge, Kill Bill), this movie consists of American horror movies. The movie starts with a scene of a wounded man who found himself in a very small place (ref. Cube). Soon this man finds out he's trapped in a maze and 'may be' used as a victim in a game of rich freaks (ref. Saw, My little eye). After this short introduction, the pain begins. If you have ever seen American History X (and you probably have), then the scene with the black man biting in the pavement, while Edward Norton kicks him to death, will still be in your memories. You can expect something like this, only ten times worse. Eventually he meets a woman and with her, he tries to find his way out. It won't take much of your time, since the duration of this movie is only 50 minutes, so you should watch it. If it is only for the homage (did the director ever seen that movie?) to American History X. A nice short horror masterpiece.


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