CREEPY: Press Notes for Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Latest Thriller
Do you really want to know who your neighbors are?
Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa (CURE, PULSE, BRIGHT FUTURE, TOKYO SONATA, REAL) returns to the suspense/thriller genre with CREEPY (クリーピー 偽りの隣人, Kuriipii Itsuwari no Rinjin, 2016), opening in Japan on June 18th after screenings at international film festivals. The movie is based on author Yutaka Maekawa’s mystery novel, which won the 15th Japan Mystery Fiction Newcomer Award in 2011.
CREEPY stars Hidetoshi Nishijima (LICENSE TO LIVE, THE WIND RISES, WHILE THE WOMEN ARE SLEEPING), Yuko Takeuchi (THE RING, GOLDEN SLUMBER, THE INERASABLE) and Teruyuki Kagawa (20TH CENTURY BOYS trilogy, TOKYO SONATA, KAIJI 2, RUROUNI KENSHIN).
After having narrowly escaped an attempt on his life at the hands of a psychopath, criminal psychologist and former police detective Takakura (Hidetoshi Nishijima) quits active service in the police force and takes up a position as a university lecturer. But his desire to get to the bottom of criminals’ motives remains, and he does not hesitate long when former colleague Nogami (Masahiro Higashide) asks him to reopen an old case.
Six years ago, a family disappeared under mysterious circumstances and to this day no body has been found. While Takakura immerses himself in the old files, his wife Yasuko (Yuko Takeuchi) introduces herself to their new next door neighbors with little gifts. In the process, she meets the mysterious Mr Nishino (Teruyuki Kagawa) who attempts to shield himself and his family from everyone else.
Takakura senses something odd about them. Then he is approached by the Nishinos’ daughter Mio (Ryoko Fujino), whose shocking whispered confession shatters the serenity of his new life: “That man in my house is not my father… He’s a total stranger.”
Past and present suddenly become entangled and unraveling them becomes a life-threatening task for Takakura.
World Premiere: February 13, 2016 (Berlin International Film Festival)
Japanese Theatrical Release: Saturday, June 18, 2016 (Nationwide Roadshow)
Running Time: 130 Minutes
Takakura: Hidetoshi Nishijima
Yasuko: Yuko Takeuchi
Nishino: Teruyuki Kagawa
Saki Honda: Haruna Kawaguchi
Nogami: Masahiro Higashide
Mio: Ryoko Fujino
Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Original: Creepy by Yutaka Maekawa (Kobunsha)
Screenplay: Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Chihiro Ikeda
Producer: Tadashi Osumi
Executive Producer: Kota Kurota
Co-producers: Toshihiro Takahashi, Naoya Kinoshita, Shuichi Nagasawa, Nakayuki Dange, Yuichi Ichimura, Makoto Takahashi
Cinematographer: Akiko Ashizawa
Licghting: Hidenori Nagata
Editor: Koichi Takahashi
Sound: Mikisuke Shimadzu
Production Designer: Norifumi Ataka
Set Decorator: Naoki Yamamoto
Costume Designer: Kana Maruyama, Satoko Sato
Visual Effects Supervisor: Shuji Asano
Visual Effects: Imagica
Line Producer: Akihisa Yamada
Assistant Director: Jun Umino
Music: Yuri Habuka
Music supervisor: Mami Takaishi
Production: “CREEPY” Film Partners (Shochiku, Kinoshita Group, Asmik Ace, Kobunsha, Asahi Shimbun, KDDI)
Production: Shochiku Studio
Distribution: Shochiku, Asmik Ace
International Sales: Shochiku
© 2016 “CREEPY” Film Partners