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Creepy ("Kuripi")

Canadian Premiere
  • Japan
  • 2016
  • 130 mins
  • DCP
  • Japanese
  • English (subtitles)
Official Selection: Berlin International Film Festival 2016, Hong Kong International Film Festival 2016, Udine International Far-East Film Festival 2016

"A headlong rush of tension and cruelty all the way to a gratifying final payoff" – Maggie Lee, VARIETY

A year after having been injured by a serial killer right in the middle of his own station, Detective Takakura quit the force to teach criminal psychology, and has recently settled into a small quiet new house with his wife Yasuko. When an old colleague asks him to assist in an unsolved investigation into the disappearance of several members of the same family, Takakura can’t resist getting involved in the twisted case. Meanwhile, Yasuko’s exploration of her new neighbourhood introduces her to Nishino, a mysterious neighbor who lives with his daughter and ailing wife. While initially seeming simply unsocial, his behaviour becomes increasingly troubling as he insinuates himself into Yasuko’s life. The notion that Nishino might be a dangerous psychopath begins to invade the retired detective’s thoughts. Whether his obsession for serial killers makes him vulnerable to bouts of paranoia or enables him to discover his neighbour’s plans, Takakura has just begun a long descent into hell.

After forays into auteur cinema like the magnificent TOKYO SONATA (Un certain regard Jury Prize at Cannes 2008), J-horror pioneer Kiyoshi Kurosawa (PULSE) makes a triumphant return to the horror thriller genre! While CREEPY recalls his classic CURE (Fantasia in 1999), he focuses here on an all too traditional couple that adds a sociological edge to the central police investigation, intensifying the threat and deepening the sense of unease. Kurosawa weaves a suffocating nightmare with his carefully composed atmospheres and narrative techniques, worthy of the cinema’s greatest masters. The excellent Teruyuki Kagawa stands out in a stellar cast with his bone-chilling performance as the unstable Nishino. With CREEPY, Kiyoshi Kurosawa conclusively confirms his rightful place among Alfred Hitchcock’s legitimate heirs.

— Nicolas Archambault