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184 Ratings



Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Japan, 2006
Horror, Drama


A detective investigates a series of murders. A possible serial killer might be on a rampage, since they all are in the same vicinity and by the same method, but as the evidence points toward the detective as the prime suspect, a ghost in red follows him, and he begins to question his identity.

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Retribution Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa

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  • nrh's rating of the film Retribution

    exceptional film-making from kurosawa, one of the great long-take stylists of his generation, here taking a decade of j-horror cliches and transforming them into something strange, even threatening. the coal-black b-side to his 'tokyo sonata,' he looks back on his genre career and a half-century of japanese history to find something steeped in regret and despair. a significant piece of filmmaking post-2000.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Retribution

    Seems to me that this film is massively underrated! Sure, it blends together elements of "Kairo" and "Cure," so it might feel overly familiar for Kiyoshi Kurosawa fans. But it's still a deeply unsettling ghost story with ramifications on an interpersonal and apocalyptic scale - what Kiyoshi does best!

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Retribution

    His style is very difficult to duplicate. You have to watch all parts of the frame for some of the subtleties of his horror. He doesn't do a lot of jump-scares, but when he does they're quite creative.

  • the_mentaculus's rating of the film Retribution

    Completely summarizes Kurosawa's previous work, going so far as to copy, shot-for-shot, a glorious scene from Pulse. But it's not so much a retread as a potent embodiment of the director's obsessions. The murders are merely a parenthesis in a story of urban decay, moral morass (pun intended) and a worldview - closer here than ever before - about to teeter off the edge towards a personal and grand apocalypse.

  • Marty Hicks's rating of the film Retribution

    I liked this. After watching an interview with Kurosawa it became apparent that Western audiences might not pick up on the symbolism of the 'crumbling Tokyo' setting, and the fear and ignorance of the past - but his renewed vision of ghosts on screen (thankfully unhindered by shlocky jolts from the score) is pretty effective. What though, is with him and bluescreens? Those driving scenes just look silly.

  • Palmat's rating of the film Retribution

    Pretty good cop thriller with supernatural inflections. The lead actor is great as usual but the script and the direction is quite uneven. Sure there are shades of Kurosawas masterpieces Cure and Pulse in here which makes this movie interesting.

  • TheCentralRuhr's rating of the film Retribution

    Decaying buildings and crumbling infrastructure reveal an insidious history seeping through the cracks of Tokyo society. When the haunted spirit tears a hole through the concrete wall, it becomes directly associated with the (de)construction of the apartment buildings themselves. Homes erected on unsettled grounds, a trampled-upon history slowly beginning to break out of the domestic walls which (cont.)

  • Gonçalo Rosas's rating of the film Retribution

    6 - Somewhat of a spiritual successor to "Cure", integrating ideas from "Pulse" with mixed results. Kiyoshi's technique has only become finer with age, but the storytelling style that made "Cure" such a subtly creepy sit doesn't fit his supernatural jaunts half as well. A handful of great ideas and a whole lotta cheese.

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