Film

Chaos
FILM

Chaos

カオス (Kaosu)
Saturday, March 17, 2012

Chaos © 1999 WOWOW.

Japan. 2000. 107 min., DigiBeta, color, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Hideo Nakata. With Miki Nakatani, Masato Hagiwara, Ken Mitsuishi, Jun Kunimura.

From director Hideo Nakata (The Ring, The Ring 2), Japan's modern sensei of suspense, comes an ingenious and hypnotic thriller of unrelenting intensity. After a successful Japanese businessman's ravishing trophy wife (Miki Nakatani) vanishes, sadistic and taunting ransom demands arrive and the police are summoned. As the true nature of the stakes for the captor (Masato Hagiwara) and his captive unfolds, Chaos fluidly transforms from a precision neo-noir into a macabre and shocking thriller and ultimately into a lurid, intoxicating sexual gothic. In Chaos, Nakata effortlessly and legitimately invokes genre classics like Les Diaboliques and Vertigo while crafting a sleekly diabolical puzzle as audaciously constructed and narratively extravagant as Memento or Run Lola Run. Unsettling, riveting, hallucinatory, suspenseful, and erotic, Chaos is masterful contemporary entertainment.

"Devotees of corpse-swapping betrayal orgies will find expert filmmaking awake to the realities of apprehension and unease." ---Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice

Part of the Globus Film Series: Love Will Tear Us Apart

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