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Kaosu (Chaos) (Hideo Nakata's Chaos)

Kaosu (Chaos) (Hideo Nakata's Chaos) (1999)

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

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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

Apr 15, 2003

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Ultimately, the willful obfuscation becomes more frustrating than entertaining.

March 11, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
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Hideo helms with such style and suspense that it doesn't matter if all our questions are ultimately answered.

March 7, 2003
New York Post
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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.

March 6, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Devotees of corpse-swapping betrayal orgies will find expert filmmaking awake to the realities of apprehension and unease.

March 4, 2003 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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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.

September 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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A twisty, and at times twisted, kidnapping thriller - just a pity the direction seems so sterile.

October 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Gazette

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.

September 13, 2004
Cinema em Cena

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.

April 4, 2004 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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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.

February 21, 2004 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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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.

April 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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.

March 14, 2003 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

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.

March 7, 2003 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Chaos is as compelling as it is confounding, and it's compelling in large part because of the confusion it stirs.

January 20, 2003
AV Club

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.

September 27, 2002
San Francisco Examiner

Audience Reviews for Kaosu (Chaos) (Hideo Nakata's Chaos)

Japanese thriller that starts off as your typical kidnapping flick but then quickly develops one of the most complex plots I've ever seen in a film from any continent. It demands your complete attention because if your mind strays for too long you will become very confused. There's double and triple-crosses and some of the story is revealed in flashbacks. But despite all the plot twists it's a pretty slow-paced movie with little on-screen excitement - a million miles away from the likes of Ron Howard's 'Ransom'. It's a unique and original little film from Hideo Nakata, the director of 'Ringu' and 'Dark Water, and it's worth a watch if you have the patience.
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