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Rinjin 13-gô (Neighbor No. 13) (2005)

Rinjin 13-gô (Neighbor No. 13) (2005)



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After suffering years of abuse by his sadistic classmates, a vengeful Japanese boy develops a murderous alter ego in order to better deal with his traumatic past in director Yasuo Inoue's shockingly violent feature debut. As a high school student, shy Juzo was forced to endure the humiliation heaped upon him by the abusive Akai. Years later, when Juzo is hired to work at the same company where Akai is employed, he moves into the apartment directly above his former tormentor. As Juzo's revenge-minded alter ego slowly begins to eclipse his quieter, more withdrawn public persona, the people who have wronged him in the past begin to fall one-by-one to a mysterious psychopath.
R (for violence, language, some sexual content and nudity)
Art House & International , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Shun Oguri
as Juzo Murasaki
Hirofumi Arai
as Toru Akai
Yumi Yoshimura
as Nozomi Akai
Tomoya Ishii
as Hajime Seki
Takashi Miike
as Kaneda
Minoru Matsumoto
as Shinigami/God of Death
Hitori Gekidan
as Comedian on TV
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Critic Reviews for Rinjin 13-gô (Neighbor No. 13)

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (6)

Its sluggish pacing and confusing story line will prevent it from appealing to all but the most rabid J-horror fans.

March 30, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

... a technically impressive but altogether listless revenge tale ...

Full Review… | March 10, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Pic scores big in the first few minutes with its atmospheric lensing of the protag's literal separation into two distinct characters, but then settles into a standard psycho-killer payback drama.

Full Review… | March 9, 2006
Top Critic

The envelope gets recycled, not pushed, in this moody, brutal, ultimately rather boring revenge saga from Japan.

Full Review… | March 8, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

The Neighbor No. Thirteen forgoes the manic violence of the Korean revenge stunner Oldboy in favor of leisurely paced suspense with sudden bloody outbursts.

March 8, 2006
New York Post
Top Critic

Because the metaphysics driving it are so fuzzy, this is the rare horror film where even sludgy viscera elicit only yawns.

March 7, 2006
Village Voice
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Rinjin 13-gô (Neighbor No. 13)


Neighbour No. 13 is stylish, provocative, and brutal in parts, but it also tends to drag a bit during its more melodramatic bits. It feels like Miike film but with a larger focus on the human drama than on the disturbing elements. Of course, in general, that's not a bad thing, but the film could use more events--it is almost two hours long and it drags during long sections of the film. Also, the ending fails to pack the kind of punch needed in such a film. All that aside, Neighbour No. 13 is a interesting exploration of bullying (a major problem in Japanese society and hence a common theme in their transgressive cinema), but fails to depict the issue in the truly visceral manner of Miike's Visitor Q, an admittedly hard film to watch. Still, Neighbour No. 13 is a somewhat disturbing piece of revenge film that features some genuine surprises along the way.

Al Miller
Al Miller

Although the movie is violent, the scenes are rather spread out from each other since the film seems to mostly play out as a dramatic piece rather than a shocking horror revenge flick with loads of blood and gore, which is something one would come to expect when comparing it to a movie like Ichi The KIller or being regarded as a horror film. Although the movie is rather slow-paced it somehow managed to never lose my interest, due to director Yasuo Inoue's use of mood and lighting in certain scenes. Photobucket

El Hombre Invisible
El Hombre Invisible

Super Reviewer


A film that shows the true dangers of psychological and physical scarring. The film doesn't keep the split personality a secret which is in its favour. It builds far more tension and understanding from the audience. It's a complicated beast once the slow build up gets going as we sympathise with why Murasaki wants his revenge but also see the horror in his actions. Akai is a very unlikeable bully, but it's him we must cheer on to save his son. The films climax builds slowly until turning into a childish but appropriate chase around the classroom. The ending is superb, leaving it to interpretation and open at the same time. The film is unified by it's ending. I wasn't sure exactly how I felt about the film until the credits began to roll, when I immediately began to think it over. If it is slow and tedious at times it only helps in upping the power of the ending.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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