In Kurosawa’s (Cure, Pulse, Tokyo Sonata) return to genre filmmaking, a broken ex-detective (Hidetoshi Nishijima) seeks to unlock the mystery of a missing family while navigating his relationship with the oddly disconcerting man who lives next door (Kurosawa regular Teruyuki Kagawa). As the neighbor further insinuates himself into their lives, Takakura and his wife Yasuko (Yûko Takeuchi) find themselves questioning what’s really happening in the house nearest to theirs. Boiling over with Hitchcockian flourishes, Kurosawa’s assured directorial hand establishes Creepy securely in thriller territory before veering wildly into a masterful exercise in horror genre tropes. This is one film that utterly lives up to its name. “A vision of absolute evil that somehow becomes more disquieting and suggestive as it becomes more obvious and literal.”— Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, The A.V. Club. In Japanese with English subtitles.
Appears in: Japanese Currents
Other Films by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Japanese horror master Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s continues his winning stream with this patient and elegantly rendered ghost story set in modern-day France. Jean (Tahar Rahim) is hired as the assistant to Stéphane, a former fashion photographer who wallows in grief for his late wife while stubbornly clinging to the antiquated, long-exposure process of daguerreotype photography. As …