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Creepy

What this Japanese thriller lacks in mystery it more than makes up for in suspense and psychopathology. A disgraced former cop (Hidetoshi Nishijima) and his sweet wife (Yuko Takeuchi) move to a university town so he can take a teaching position, but he gets sucked into a six-year-old case involving a vanished family; left alone at home, the wife reaches out to their new neighbors and grows increasingly alarmed by the baleful weirdo who lives next door (Teruyuki Kagawa). Predictably enough, these two story lines intersect, but director Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Tokyo Sonata) isn't through yet: by the end of a leisurely two-hour running time, the film has shifted from hushed intrigue to outright horror, the spouses' relationship fed into the grinder by an epic madman with a gift for emotional manipulation. In Japanese with subtitles.

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