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Nightmare Detective 2006

  • Shinya Tsukamoto
  • January 1, 2006
  • 105 mins
  • Japanese
  • Crime, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Three people in Tokyo take a surreal voyage of self-discovery through memory and nightmares. "O" intends suicide while talking on a cell-phone with a stranger he meets on line who plans a simultaneous suicide. Events take a horrifying turn. Keiko Kirishima is a cool, seemingly emotionless police detective, brilliant but off-putting. She's faced with two mutilated corpses who appear to have killed themselves, but she's not sure. A cell-phone number links the deaths. She calls on Akumu Tantei, a poor and suicidal young man who has the ability to enter people's dreams. He's reluctant to help. His past haunts him. A subconscious duel of terror and blood awaits the three.

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Tsukamoto has made some awesome films over the years but this one left me a bit disappointed. My main issue was the lead detective played by Hitomi (an idol). No idea if it was intentional but her acting was glorious shit tier - from the moment where she striked her "thinking-pose" she became distracting. The whole movie was rather "live action adaptation" looking despite being an original idea and and his trademark style was rather toned down. What saved it for me was the dream-sequence towards the end which is what I actually wanted to see more of.

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