The Man Behind the Scissors (2004)





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A pair of sadistic killers finds their bloody game turned against them in director Toshiharu Ikeda's screen adaptation of Masayuki Shuno's novel of the same name. Methodical madman Yasunaga (Etsushi Toyokawa) and his self-destructive sidekick, Chinatsu (Kumiko Aso), have been carving up schoolgirls all across Tokyo, but when a mysterious stranger beats them to their next intended victim, they are unexpectedly called in as witnesses by the police. As the murderous duo attempts to uncover the identity of a mysterious older man whom they had seen with their intended victim just moments before the murder, they are forced to bluff their way through a series of intense interviews with police investigator Isone and his deskbound superior Horinouchi. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Art House & International , Horror
Directed By:


Etsushi Toyokawa
as Yasunaga
Kumiko Aso
as Chinatsu
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A well acted and effectively directed psychological suspense film. The first third or so of the film is slow moving despite beginning with a killing but the pace picks up and the suspense builds as the story continues. It apparently is a cultural difference but I find the depiction in Japanese film and anime of male reactions to love and beautiful women very hard to believe. Are Japanese men really typically as inept with women as I was with girls when I was in my early teens? Aside from annoyance at that aspect of the romantic subplot, I found the story quite interesting and its morally ambiguous ending quite enjoyable. This is a movie that requires you to watch closely and not assume you understand what is really happening. Quite fascinating.

David Duncan
David Duncan

Low budget, poorly made japanese slasher film...not gory, scary or of any redeeming value, unless you are having trouble falling asleep. The sqwaking saxophone music used to create mood is just awful...definitely a b-grade movie with c-grade actors (I am being generous) and a d-grade story...

alan jay
alan jay

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