Doppelganger (Dopperugengā) (2003)
News & Interviews for Doppelganger (Dopperugengā)
Critic Reviews for Doppelganger (Dopperugengā)
A mildly intriguing, if slight, entertainment.
One Japanese movie we probably won't be seeing remade in English anytime soon.
tweaks the genre and the audience's expectations, subtly changing from a quietly effective horror film into a slick satire on modern life. And that is no less scary
Audience Reviews for Doppelganger (Dopperugengā)
This film seems to have people who really like it or really don't. I suppose I fall somewhere in between. After enjoying Cure so much, I was expecting as good of or better film but overall, wasn't too bad.
Technically, this was a nicely shot movie and there were some interesting ideas at work. A lot of care was taken in framing and blocking. The editing was also quite impressive with a number of instances where the screen was split into two or three segments showing the different sides of Hayasaki and his ghostly twin. The acting was good from all involved and everyone was trying their best with what they were given. In the end, I felt Doppelganger fell victim to lazy writing.
I saw this a while ago but it seems that Flixster has added it only now. Not that I really care, because this is Kiyoshi Kurosawa's worst movie by a mile. I honestly cannot remember a single thing about the plot except that it lacked any sort of conflict or character development. The one scene I can recall is when Koji Yakusho freaked out and destroyed a bunch of equipment because goddamn, at least he was DOING something.
This is the movie that made me wonder if KK is pulling the wool over my eyes with the rest of his films. That's kind of a harsh assessment for a director that I really adore, but seriously, the man gets his screenplays right one out of five times. It's kind of admirable that he just says "fuck it" to those cinematic conventions, but a lot of the time they exist for a reason.
Someone send this man a decent script!
Starts well, and then, for no reason, derails so badly in the second half i was wondering if Kurosawa just directed the first part and then dropped the whole thing. What starts as a strange psychological thriller ends up being some sort of silly road trip film full of slapstick comedy that doesn't work.
This, along with Kairo stays as K Kurosawa's weakest efforts to date. The man can do way much better.
Discuss Doppelganger (Dopperugengā) on our Movie forum!