Kaosu (Chaos) (Hideo Nakata's Chaos) (2003)
Movie InfoFollowing 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 she has been kidnapped, and demanding a huge ransom. With police detective Hamaguchi (Jun Kunimura) looking on, Komiyama sets out to a lonely highway to drop off the money, only Saori is not there. Cut to a flashback where the kidnapper named Kuroda (Masato Hagiwara) gets a call from Saori. Being in the profession of doing strange and shady things for all kinds of people, he agrees to fake Saori's kidnapping for a cool million yen. Saori apparently feels that her husband is looking elsewhere for affection, and wants to get out while the getting is good. Flash forward to Kuroda returning to his office with ransom money in hand, only to find the trussed up dead body on his floor. The phone rings and the anonymous caller tells Kuroda that he knows he killed Saori. But is Saori really dead? ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Kaosu (Chaos) (Hideo Nakata's Chaos)
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.
Chaos is as compelling as it is confounding, and it's compelling in large part because of the confusion it stirs.
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.
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.
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.More
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.
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