Kiyoshi Kurosawa, who made his name with classics Cure and Bright Future, gets back to his roots by putting the thumbscrews to the audience with his latest, Creepy. A year after a botched hostage negotiation with a serial killer turned deadly, ex-detective Koichi (Hidetoshi Nishijima), and his wife move into a new house with a deeply strange new neighbor (Teruyuki Kagawa). His old cop colleagues come calling for his help on a mysterious case, which may be related to the strange goings-on next door, in this insidiously-constructed narrative that braids plot twists on top of plot twists and shock on top of shock.
Hidetoshi Nishijima ... Takakura
Yûko Takeuchi... Yasuko
Masahiro Higashide ... Nogami
Teruyuki Kagawa ... Nishino
Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Chihiro Ikeda
“A spine-tingler about love and death, and the allure of mystery and its perils.”
-Manohla Dargis, New York Times
“As with Kurosawa’s brilliant “Cure,” “Pulse” and “Seance,” “Creepy” uses
silence as a tool of terror, following its characters through long, tense scenes where everything’s a little too quiet, and where each creak sounds like a scream.”
Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times
"What's the opposite of a jump scare? Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa has mastered it in the superb Creepy, revealing the upsetting details with such slow-build subtlety that you don’t notice your skin crawling until it’s halfway out the door.”
Rob Staeger, Village Voice
“Creepy is as sublime as any prior Kiyoshi Kurosawa film.”
Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
"Ostensibly a character study of skin-crawling weirdness, the film finds the Nipponese chiller-maestro exploring his favorite themes of familial discord and communication breakdown."