Creepy (2016)

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Takakura is a former detective. He receives a request from his ex-colleague, Nogami, to examine a missing family case that occurred 6 years earlier. Takakura follows Saki's memory. She is the only surviving family member from the case.
Meanwhile, Takakura and his wife Yasuko recently moved into a new home. Their neighbor, Nishino, has a sick wife and a young teen daughter. One day, the daughter, Mio, jumps into Takakura's house and read moretells him that the man is not her father and she doesn't know him at all.

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May 3, 2017
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
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It's not a plot we've never seen before but once you get to the end you realise that it's executed in a way that feels fresh and doesn't follow the usual introduction-climax-final showdown-resolution formula that's often rehashed in this kind of film. There were a few things that I wish were expanded on and explained further but the film progressed read more in a way that made sense and I found the ending to be well-executed and satisfying enough. I think it's worth watching as long as you're not deadset on looking for fast action-packed sequences.

It employs the trademark Japanese-style filmography in that sequences are slow and drawn out with ample silences filling in gaps. In my opinion though, this style aids in building up the suspense and your own sense of uneasiness while it slowly unravels details that make for several "oh shit" moments that begin to crawl under your skin. For this, I think the lack of music is employed as an audial effect in itself, with minimal atmospheric background noise adding to the sense of discomfort.

The cast was brilliant, all veteran actors who know exactly what they're doing and are clear with their characters' intentions. Even the younger actresses and the other neighbour were great in portraying strange and unsociable people. I wish the writing had added a little more depth and dimension to Takeuchi's character other than "standard housewife", but she was great with that she was given.

Because it's not particularly frustrating nor is it too emotionally draining, I'd probably watch it again because I found it the right amount of tense, gripping and enjoyable to follow along with, and I would probably recommend it to others.
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Dec 29, 2016
  • Overall 7.5
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 3.0
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
This movie has so much potential. The plot seems to be interesting and yes, they did stick to it but I think that there has to be another way that they could make the movie more appealing. I did enjoy watching it though because of the curiosity but really, this movie seems off. But the title itself was a great choice since it is really creepy and not that horror type of read more creepy but it was insane!

For the story, i'm going to give it an 8.5. I like the plot but the way they extend it was not great! I'm super resentful about it.

The actors did a great job executing their characters well especially Nishino-san (Kagawa Teruyuki). He makes his sinister character seems natural. They did really great and I couldnt ask for other actors to play their roles.

Music? There's nothing special about in fact, I havent even heard a music I think haha. It's all like a daily life basis which they wouldnt stress out the music.

And nope! I dont think I would watch it again. I wouldnt even dare to see Kagawa's character ever again. Such a psychopath.
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    lindalinda Jul 11, 2017

    I only enjoyed the first half. Creepy is a wasted potential movie, I like the long shoot and the mystery story but because of the second half, the thrilling story was ruined. Though I enjoyed the acting very much, but it's not as twisted as I thought it would be.

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    Poney May 12, 2017

    This movie just sucks, I dont understand the rating. I mean first half is ok but the second part is just creepy as hell and has absolutely no sense behind the creepiness, so I'm sad to say that bc I love the two main actors but it's just a bad movie.

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    Bforbrigitta May 3, 2017 - edited
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      Hessa May 3, 2017

      You can add the spoiler part in the comments below your review so that it doesn't get lost in the sea of comments.

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    jagasthesecond Mar 11, 2017

    Creepy, indeed.

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    Sia Feb 4, 2017

    worse movie ever ://// just wasted my time :/ really bs creepy as hell

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    Megan Feb 3, 2017

    Characters could have made better decisions but overall a good movie if you're looking for thriller!

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    maychowsky Jan 18, 2017

    i watch this movie because of hidetoshi and yuko reunion, but i dont understand the ending at all lmao

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    irisixora Dec 17, 2016 - edited

    But forget to tell kagawa teruyuki was amazing as always...definitely deserves best actor since basically he carry the whole movie in my opinion...

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    irisixora Dec 17, 2016

    This movie is so disappointed, the storyline was interesting but the plot was messed up and some of the part was awkward and confusing,I don't know why but I can't bring myself to enjoy this disappointed...

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    Geanina Jun 12, 2016 - edited


    Film Festivals
    2016 (66th) Berlin International Film Festival - Feb. 11-21, 2016 - Berlinale Special Gala *World Premiere
    2016 (18th) Udine Far East Film - April 22-April 30, 2016 *Italian Premiere
    2016 (16th) Nippon Connection - May 24-29, 2016 - Nippon Cinema

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    femmedesneiges Jan 20, 2016 - edited

    When are Kagawa and Nishijima going to get married?

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      realdeal Aug 5, 2016

      After Johnny Depp and Tim Burton got married.


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    Jun 18, 2016
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    2 hr. 10 min.


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    7.2 (scored by 149 users)
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