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Creepy (aka Itsuwari no rinjin/2016/KimStim/Icarus DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: D Film: C+

If you're a fan of Japanese thrillers, then you will want to put Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Creepy (2016) on your radar. Similar in some ways to The Burbs, here we find a couple weirded out by their odd neighbor who is seemingly up to no good. The filmmaking is interesting here, as are the performances. It wouldn't surprise me to see an American remake of this in the near future.

The film stars Hidetoshi Nishijima, Teruyuki Kagawa, Yuko Takeuchi, and Toru Baba.

Former detective, Takakura, now works as a Professor of Criminal Psychology at a university. An ex-colleague requests his assistance on an unsolved six-year old case involving a missing family. Meanwhile, Takakura and his wife Yasuko move into a new neighborhood. One of their neighbors, Nishino, has a sick wife and a young daughter, Mio. While on one hand Takakura is solving the missing family case, events in his neighborhood get ''creepy'' when a secret is unearthed by Mio that shakes things up. As the past and present collide, Takakura is not just solving a case anymore.

Presented in standard definition with a 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a nice sounding, if lossy Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo audio track with English subtitles, the film looks and sounds as good in the format as it can. The only extra is a Trailer.

- James Lockhart



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