Kaosu (Chaos) (Hideo Nakata's Chaos) (1999)
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Following up on the wild success of Ring and Ring 2, Hideo Nakata takes a break from spine-chilling horror to direct his labyrinthine postmodern crime thriller based on a book by Shogo Utano. After wealthy businessman Takayuki Komiyama (Ken Mitsuichi) finishes lunch with his beautiful wife Saori (played by pop star Miki Nakatani) at a tony Western restaurant, he discovers that she has disappeared while he was paying the bill. When he returns to his office, he gets a phone call informing him that
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Ultimately, the willful obfuscation becomes more frustrating than entertaining.
Hideo helms with such style and suspense that it doesn't matter if all our questions are ultimately answered.
The film's mechanical workings are still impressive, but between the unsympathetic characters and the coldly precise direction, there is little here for an audience to clutch to its heart.
Devotees of corpse-swapping betrayal orgies will find expert filmmaking awake to the realities of apprehension and unease.
It's a difficult film to follow and figure out (I've only seen it once), and yet there is something mesmerizing about the way director Nakata whips the tale to a frenzy and drags us in.
A twisty, and at times twisted, kidnapping thriller - just a pity the direction seems so sterile.
A narrativa não-linear adiciona certo suspense ao filme, mas não há como negar que o roteiro tem graves buracos e que a conclusão é decepcionante e pouco convincente.
its methodical pacing, non-linear narration, and twists within twists has its characters, (and the viewer), running around in circles without chasing its own tail.
This is easily a film that could be remade in Hollywood where the interest would be reassigned to playing to the viewer instead of with them.
The film's elegant visuals and an electric performance from Miki Nakatani can't disguise the fact that is made up largely of recycled bits and pieces of other, better thrillers.
Nakatani's femme fatale is one you'd cross streets to avoid, and director Nakata knows how to mount suspense and keep the fun twists coming.
Nakata keeps the film's feet firmly grounded in the pulpy conventions of the erotic thriller without ever condescending to his audience or the material.
Chaos is as compelling as it is confounding, and it's compelling in large part because of the confusion it stirs.
Nakata brilliantly uses interior and exterior light, and plants little visual cues -- like rain spattering on a flooded surface -- that tie the jumbled story bits together.
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