Akumu tantei (Nightmare Detective)

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Visionary Japanese director Shinya Tsukamoto (Tetsuo: The Iron Man) returns to the helm with this bleak tale of a supernaturally gifted serial killer with the power to enter his victim's dreams, and the mysterious "Nightmare Detective" who provides the only hope of loosening the maniac's murderous grip on dreamland. Detective Keiko Kirishima (Hitomi) was an academic criminologist whose interest in detective work soon found her gravitating into homicide fieldwork. Upon being assigned to investigate a recent rash of suicides in which the victims seem to have slashed themselves to death while sleeping, Keiko observes a strange connecting factor -- each victim's phone displays "0" as the last number dialed before their grisly demise. Encouraged by her superiors to view the case from a paranormal perspective, Keiko soon learns of a man named Kyoichi Kagenuma (Ryuhei Matsuda), who is said to be able to enter the dreams of others while analyzing the thoughts of his slumbering subjects. Despite his initial reluctance to get involved in the case, Kyoichi soon finds his resolve put to the ultimate test when the desperate Keiko dials "0" in a suicidal, last-ditch effort to capture the elusive killer. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


Ryuhei Matsuda
as Kyoichi Kagenuma
Reiko Hitomi
as Detective Keiko Kirishima
Masanobu Ando
as Detective Wakayama

Critic Reviews for Akumu tantei (Nightmare Detective)

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  • ...cement[s] Tsukomoto's status as one of the most egregiously untalented and flat-out worthless filmmakers around...

    Jun 1, 2008 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…
  • Possivelmente o trabalho mais "acessível" de Tsukamoto, é também um dos piores, surgindo como uma cópia sem inspiração de tantos outros exemplares da recente onda do terror japonês.

    Mar 15, 2008 | Rating: 1/5
  • An Asian combination platter of Dreamscape, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and just about every technology-obsessed J-horror flick you can think of.

    Feb 28, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Akumu tantei (Nightmare Detective)


I love Japanese horror movie like Ring... and this wasn't in the same class! Nightmare Detective ( 悪夢探偵, Akumu Tantei) is a real slasher directed by Shinya Tsukamoto and starring Ryuhei Matsuda and Hitomi. Masanobu Ando and Ren Osugi play supporting roles, and Tsukamoto himself plays the unnamed villain. To me looked like a movie made for a TV and even the gorgeous Hitomi and her very interesting acting could not change that feeling of a low budget underdeveloped story...

Panta Oz
Panta Oz

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Another Film From Dimension Extreme, and like all the others I've watched from this company its EXTRME. This is a film from Japan and its the Japanese Freddy Krueger movie, fall a sleep and you commit suicide, and a female detective is after Zero the man who reaches people on a cell phone causing them to die. All in all a pretty good film, a little long but in the end you will be glad you stuck it out and watched it. 4 Stars

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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Nice mixture of horror and surrealism. A very dreamlike feel.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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It's really nice to be in the hands of a truly talented director. This is the first Tsukamoto film I've seen in the theater, and I was really excited, and holy eff, was I not disappointed. The film starts out as a sort of artier and meaner Dreamscape (an awesome film in it's own right) with folks gettin' killed off in their dreams and a detective who can enter them is talked into solving the case. It's great until that point, but then it becomes a Tsukomoto film and starts kickin' ass and takin' names. The climax of this film is nothing short of astonishing, and seeing it on the big screen was a true joy. I can't say too much about it (not just because of spoilers, but I'm still figuring parts out) but it's some of Tsukomoto's best work. Also, in his favour, it's probably his best performance as an actor I've seen so far. His scenes in the final act are amazing and he emotes better without speaking than most folks who act for a living. A great film and a great film experience.

Christopher  Brown
Christopher Brown

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