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Hideo Nakata's Chaos (1999)

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Original title: Kaosu

Release Date
Mar 7, 2003
DVD Release Date
 R1: Jan 13, 2004

Official Website:
Hideo Nakata's Chaos Website

Running Time
1 hour, 30 minutes

Country Japan

Studio Kino International

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Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Role-switching, Kidnapping, Experimental

Plot: IN THEATRES: MARCH 7, 2003

After the success of RING and RING 2, director Hideo Nakata decided to take a break from the horror genre to make this thriller. CHAOS begins as a couple--Takayuki (Ken Mitsuishi) and Satomi (Miki Nakatani)--go out for lunch. Afterwards, Satomi disappears, and it is not long before Takayuki, a businessman, begins receiving strange ransom demands. As the relationship between Satomi and her captor, Goro (Masato Hagiwara), is revealed, the film begins to unfold a labyrinthine plot where nothing is as it appears.

Although CHAOS opens with what seems to be a standard thriller plot, Nakata and screenwriter Hisashi Saito have created a unique movie that blends genres while invoking a number of classic films, including Akira Kurosawa's HIGH & LOW and Alfred Hitchcock's VERTIGO. Placed out of sequence, the pieces of Nakata's puzzle are arranged so that the audience is consistently off balance. In the process, the director creates a thoroughly engaging neo-noir suspense film that's sure to keep viewers guessing up until the very end.

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 Directed by
Hideo Nakata
The Ring Two, Ringu, Dark Water
 Written by
Hisashi Saito
Tokyo Fist
Masato Hagiwara
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Miki Nakatani
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Ken Mitsuishi
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Jun Kunimura
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 Music By
Kenji Kawai
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