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Kaosu (Chaos) (Hideo Nakata's Chaos) (2003)

Kaosu (Chaos) (Hideo Nakata's Chaos)


Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 16
Fresh: 11
Rotten: 5

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 6
Fresh: 4
Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 1,287


Movie Info

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 … More

Art House & International , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
Hisashi Saito
In Theaters:
Apr 15, 2003
Kino International - Official Site


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

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (5) | DVD (1)

Ultimately, the willful obfuscation becomes more frustrating than entertaining.

March 11, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 6, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Devotees of corpse-swapping betrayal orgies will find expert filmmaking awake to the realities of apprehension and unease.

Full Review… | March 4, 2003
Village Voice
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 5, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

A twisty, and at times twisted, kidnapping thriller - just a pity the direction seems so sterile.

Full Review… | October 30, 2004

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.

Full Review… | April 4, 2004

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.

Full Review… | February 21, 2004

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.

Full Review… | April 23, 2003
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.

Full Review… | March 14, 2003
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.

Full Review… | March 7, 2003
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

Lee ?

Super Reviewer

An interesting effort from Hideo Nakata. Certainly a very far cry from The Ring. The plot is extremely intricate and quite well-outlined, and it's a really exciting sensation when the ending pulls it all together. Unfortunately, the movie suffers from significant pacing problems - very little happens until about 40 minutes in. Though I generally can get past things like that, the inactivity was almost stifling, especially considering some rather dull performances and a nondescript atmosphere.

To summarize: great screenplay, shame about the movie.

Drew Smith

Super Reviewer

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