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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #90. 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.

Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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