Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #90. Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Creepy

Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Creepy


Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Writers: Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Chihiro Ikeda

Japanese auteur Kiyoshi Kurosawa is set to unveil two films in 2016 (the other snagged our #80 slot on this list). One of these is Creepy, an adaptation of a celebrated novel by Yukata Maekawa. What’s most exciting is the film marks Kurosaw’s return to genre filmmaking, where he made his indelible mark with such items as the genuinely eerie Cure (1997) and Pulse (2001). Kurosawa often blend existential ennui into supernatural or sci-fi narratives, which don’t always seem to spellbind. This latest is a mystery thriller about an ex-detective asked by an old colleague to look into a six year old missing person’s case. Meanwhile, he also moves into a new residence with his wife, and their next door neighbor consists of a man, his ailing wife, and their teenage daughter. One day, the daughter jumps into the detective’s home and confides the man next door is not her father and she has no idea who he is.

Cast: Yuko Takeuchi, Teruyuki Kagawa, Masahiro Higashide, Hidetoshi Nishijima

Production Co.: Asmik Ace Entertainment, Shochiku Company

U.S. Distributor: Rights available. TBD (domestic) Shochiku Company (Japan)

Release Date: A release date is set this July in Japan, though it’s certain to get festival play at various genre festivals while Kurosawa’s other 2016 title will most likely snag more prestigious attention beforehand.

Nicholas Bell is a Los Angeles based film critic/journalist for, covering film festivals such as Sundance, Cannes, TIFF, AFI, as well as weekly film reviews. Nicholas is also a regular contributor to men's fashion periodical, MM Magazine. Top Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: Almodóvar (All About My Mother), Coen Bros. (No Country For Old Men), Dardenne Bros. (The Kid With a Bike), Haneke (The Piano Teacher), Hsiao-Hsien (Flight of the Red Balloon), Kar-wai (In The Mood For Love), Kiarostami (Close-Up), Lynch (Blue Velvet), Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds), Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho), von Trier (Dogville), Zulawski (Possession), Carax (Mauvais Sang)

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