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Nightmare Detective (2006)

Akumu tantei (original title)
Three people in Tokyo take a surreal voyage of self-discovery through memory and nightmares. "O" intends suicide while talking on a cell-phone with a stranger he meets on line who plans a ... See full summary »

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Shin'ya Tsukamoto
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ryûhei Matsuda ... Kyoichi Kagenuma
Hitomi Hitomi ... Keiko Kirishima
Masanobu Andô ... Detective Wakamiya
Ren Osugi ... Detective Sekiya (as Ren Ôsugi)
Yoshio Harada ... Keizo Oishi
Shin'ya Tsukamoto ... '0'
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nobuteru Akimoto Nobuteru Akimoto
Kenichi Arai Kenichi Arai
Masayoshi Deguchi Masayoshi Deguchi
Eri Fuse
Keichirô Hasegawa Keichirô Hasegawa
Kimie Hayama Kimie Hayama
Takumi Hirano Takumi Hirano
Seriyu Ichino Seriyu Ichino
Shigetoshi Iida Shigetoshi Iida
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Storyline

Three people in Tokyo take a surreal voyage of self-discovery through memory and nightmares. "O" intends suicide while talking on a cell-phone with a stranger he meets on line who plans a simultaneous suicide. Events take a horrifying turn. Keiko Kirishima is a cool, seemingly emotionless police detective, brilliant but off-putting. She's faced with two mutilated corpses who appear to have killed themselves, but she's not sure. A cell-phone number links the deaths. She calls on Akumu Tantei, a poor and suicidal young man who has the ability to enter people's dreams. He's reluctant to help. His past haunts him. A subconscious duel of terror and blood awaits the three. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

13 January 2007 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Nightmare Detective See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$67,578
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

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Color
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Connections

Followed by Nightmare Detective 2 (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Gymnopédie No.3
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Music by Erik Satie
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Depressingly conventional
3 March 2008 | by pikhal020See all my reviews

What a letdown. When I first heard about this film, the premise of a 'nightmare detective' battling a serial killer within the victims' dream state seemed immensely appealing. And it being directed by the man responsible for the brilliant Tetsuo sealed the deal!! How would he spin the concept differently than Wes Craven's Elm Street series? But then, the misgivings started to creep in. Its being released by Dimension EXTREME stateside. Ugh. Could a more trend pandering and generic name for a releasing company even be possible? And unfortunately, the film itself is just as trend pandering. Stylistically, Tsukamoto blends every flashy aesthetic technique that is currently trendy: desaturated colors mixed in with scenes filmed through saturated color filters that come and go at random, uninspired Paul Greengrass type shaky camera-work/zooming being just a few examples. Aesthetics aside, the narrative is depressingly conventional and straightforward for the likes of a Tsukamoto. An interesting connection between the state of dreaming and death arises but is treated superficially and seems thrown in just so the killer can make creepy and twisted little monologues. But the film's main weakness is in the casting. Matsuda's emo, brooding, hair in his face 'nightmare detective' aimlessly mopes around through the whole film in perpetual angst. Why so glum, chum? Angst does not equal profound. And newcomer hitomi, while very easy on the eyes, is just completely unconvincing as the star detective who elicits Matsuda's supernatural talents to track down the killer. I also tried to concoct some sort of profound metacommentary for Tsukamoto's self casting but failed. I give this 2 stars because, despite all I wrote above, there are a few genuinely startling and well shot moments that demonstrate Tsukamoto's reputation as one of the greats of J-horror. I hear that this was a "for hire" job for him and unfortunately, it shows.


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