Leon travels the city streets with his trusty Leica, trying to capture the true heart of the city on film. Although he’s a struggling artist, he has the support of his girlfriend Maya, who uses a mutual friend’s contacts to get Leon’s work in front of one of the city’s most influential art dealers, Susan Hoff. She’s unimpressed with Leon’s images, but sees that he has talent. This encourages Leon to attempt more night shoots, prowling around the city’s underbelly looking for city’s darker elements. While on the subway, he encounters a young model being accosted by some thugs. He scares the thugs away, but reads in the next morning’s paper that the woman has gone missing. His images from that night catch Susan’s eye, and she agrees to give Leon a part in her new show if he can capture two more comparable images. This puts him on the trail of Mahogany, a creepy butcher who rides the subway late at night. As Leon digs he discovers that this butcher might be connected to the disappearance of the model, as well as hundreds of other people going back at least a century. This knowledge may cost him his life. —DVDverdict.com
Ryuhei Kitamura (北村 龍平 Kitamura Ryūhei?) (born May 30, 1969) is a Japanese filmmaker. Born in Osaka, Japan, Kitamura quit high school and went to the School of Visual Arts in Australia at age 17.
His first film was the short Exit, which he made as his graduation piece at age 19. After graduating, he returned to Japan to establish Napalm Films, his independent film production studio. While his films Down to Hell and Heat After Dark were successful in film festivals, Kitamura’s rise to international fame came from Versus.
Kitamura went on to direct several movies, including adaptations of the manga Azumi and the popular Japanese TV drama Sky High. He had also collaborated with director Yukihiko Tsutsumi in the Duel Project, in which the two agreed to produce the best dueling movie with minimal production time and budget, with Aragami being Kitamura’s part. He also ventured into the world of video games by directing the cut scenes and motion capturing of Metal Gear Solid… read more
Very effective for the most part, but it becomes yet another movie that is ruined by the last 20 minutes. The ending is even more ridiculous than the ending to The Exorcist 3. Some great moments, but completely ruined by an absolutely terrible last act. It is the exact opposite way the story should have ended and pissed me off to no end. 2 stars
Good horror movie that would have benefitted from cutting down on the gore and upping the psychological dread. Despite some really cheap shots the movie is well put together and features decent performances from the cast. The best bit is that the makers of the film didn't alter the ending from the novel.