J-horror fans, rejoice -- here's a rare chance to see the latest by a true master on the big screen! Hugely acclaimed director Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Cure, Kairo, Bright Future) joins forces with uber-producer Taka Ichise (Ringu, Ju-On) -- arguably the most important and influential figure in the entire J-horror boom, with his fingerprints on virtually every significant title -- with Retribution.
Frequent Kurosawa collaborator Koji Yakusho, recently seen opposite Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett in Babel, stars as Detective Yoshioka, a weathered and beaten man trapped in a fading relationship and troubled by sudden lapses and blurs in his memories, assigned to investigate a series of murders. But the more Yoshioka probes, the more he begins to wonder if the serial killer he is chasing might, in fact, be himself... and whatever is he to make of the ghostly, shrieking, red-clad woman who keeps appearing at the crime scenes?
Longtime Kurosawa fanatics will immediately recognize elements from the master’s earlier films. Themes and images introduced with Cure, Kairo and others all make themselves felt early and often, but this is no retread of his earlier work. No, what Kurosawa accomplishes here is a broadening of his work. Retribution is an exercise in finding links and connections between his earlier themes and, in the process, taking the scattered fragments and weaving them into a larger whole. It is a beautiful, haunting work laced with anger, regret and isolation, beautifully shot and flawlessly performed. It is clearly the work of a true master.
“A clever box of tricks that keeps turning the tables on the viewer”? - Derek Elley, VARIETY
Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Screenplay: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Cast: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Producers: Takashige Ichise
Distributor: Lions Gate
2006 | 8 min