1997, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan, 110 min.
With Kōji Yakusho, Masato Hagiwara
- Fri, Dec 27th 8:15pm
- Mon, Dec 30th 6:00pm
"A mesmerizing masterwork."—Bilge Ebiri, Citysearch
"With its gift for infusing uneasiness into every frame, Kurosawa's moody, unnerving film continues to spook us even after the lights have gone on."—Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
In the suburbs of Japan, a series of strange murders is taking place. Each of the perpetrators is caught near the scene of the crime with no memory of their own motives, the only apparent connection between each killing being an X slashed into the neck of the victim. While investigating the murders, detective Takabe (Yakusho) encounters a mysterious young man with amnesia who has come into contact with each killer, initiating a cat-and-mouse game with all the contours of a waking nightmare that will leave a trail of violence in its wake. Kiyoshi Kurosawa's slowburn thriller set the template for the J-Horror wave that would follow into the 21st century, complementing its often nerve-shatteringly tense set pieces with a pervasive atmosphere of ambient dread. In Japanese with English subtitles. 35mm. (CW)
Note: Contains scenes of explicit violence.