Creepy (Kuripi: Itsuwari no rinjin)
Dir Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Cast: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Yuko Takeuchi, Teruyuki Kagawa
Genre: Drama, Horror
Language: Japaneses with English subtitles
Country of Origin: Japan 2016 130 mins. (15)
Released by Eureka Entertainment
Kiyoshi Kurosawa's, 'Creepy,' adapted from the novel by Yutaka Maekawa, premiered at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival and is his first cinematic return to the horror genre since 2006. Neighbours aren't always what they seem.
After a vicious attack by a psycopath Detective Inspector Koichi Takura (Hidetoshi Nishijima) quits the force, moves with his wife Yoshuke (Yuko Takeuchi) to the provinces accepting a post at the university teaching criminal psychology. When a former colleague Nogami ((Maschiro Higashide) asks for help on a cold case where three members of the Honda family went missing leaving their traumatised daughter Saki (Haruna Kawoguchi) behind, Takura's drawn into a mystery that leads to his new neighbour, the enigmatic Mr Nishino (Teruyuki Kogawa).
Takura wants to treat the Honda's house as a crime scene, even though there's no evidence of a crime, Yoshuke senses that there's 'something' about Mr Nishino's house and his daughter declares 'He's not my father, he's a total stranger.' Will Yoshuke who befriends Mr Nishino succumb to his influence? Is her neighbour a psychopath with a hold over others? With a masterful build up of clues, a sense of unease, narrative twists and turns Kurosawa gradually reveals the mystery behind a seemingly normal suburban life.
The original Japanese title 'Fake Neighbour,' is apt.