Thanks to the Japan Foundation Australia, we had the chance to see this year’s Japanese Film Festival opening film, “Creepy” (クリーピー 偽りの隣人) ahead its Australian debut.
After being attacked by an inmate, Detective Takakura decides to quit the force and move into a new house with his wife and dog to start a new life as a professor at the local university.
What seemed to be a fresh new beginning changes when they meet their weird new neighbour and his daughter. Moreover, to make things more complex Takakura starts helping his former partner in the force with an unsolved missing person’s case, a decision he might soon regret.
Creepy could be described as a mix of Joel Edgerton‘s 2015 masterpiece The Gift and Denis Villeneuve‘s Prisoners (2013), as it cleverly explores the narrative’s capability of misleading viewers, before unveiling a twisted truth. The result is a bizarre, mind-blowing finale that is far from a happy ending.
Performances are fantastic, especially those delivered by Hidetoshi Nishijima (Takakura) and Teruyuki Kagawa (Nishino), both of whom carry the weight of the almost two-hour film themselves. This is supported by a solid performance by Yûko Takeuchi wiwho plays the role of Takakura’s naive wife Yasuko.
Overall, Creepy is a simple, yet flawlessly crafted film, with a good cast and an even better script. Despite not being totally original, Creepy manages to present a rollercoaster of twists that Australian audiences should see.
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