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Nightmare Detective

Japan 2006
produced by
Shinichi Kawahara, Yumiko Takebe, Shinya Tsukamoto, Takuji Ushiyama (executive) for Kaijyu Theater, Movie-Eye Entertainment
directed by Shinya Tsukamoto
starring Ryuhei Matsuda, Hitomi, Masanobu Ando, Ren Osugi, Yoshio Harada, Shinya Tsukamoto, Jin Muraki
written by Shinya Tsukamoto, music by Tadashi Ishikawa, Chu Ishikawa, special effects by Hisashi Oda, special makeup effects by Takashi Oda

Nightmare Detective

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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A certain man only known as O (Shinya Tsukamoto) kills people with a suicidal streak via their nightmares, while in real life, the victims' acts look like really freakish suicides. The police tries to track down O by offering him a yound detective (Masanobu Ando) as bait, but triggered by a nightmare, he just slaughters himself in front of anybody else. Young female cop Keiko (Hitomi) is determined to crack the case, and she troes to get help from an expert, Kagenuma (Ryuhei Matsuda), a man who can enter other people's nightmares, but initially, he's reluctant to help. It's only when Keiko calls O to offer herself as victim-to-be that Kagenuma agrees to interfere on her behalf ... and in her nightmare he meets O, studies his techniques - O feeds from the inner fears of his victims -, turns O's fears against himself and somehow kills him this way. And Keiko, and everyone else who has nightmares, are safe once more ...


Director Shinya Tsukamoto is always best when he's not forced into any genre format and lets his crazy stories roam freely - that these films are often labeled horror is coincidence more than anything else.

Nightmare Detective though is not one of Tsukamoto's wild card-movies, its a genre film firmly rooted in the horror realm (with a few cop movie motives thrown in just for good measure), and it's definitely not one of Tsukamoto's better films. On the contrary, it's just an ok exercise in genre-filmmaking that could have been handled equally well or even better by quite a number of genre directors, and that by and large lacks Tsukamoto's personal touch.

That's not to say Nightmare Detective is an essentially bad film, it's just so annoyingly average, a film that onme might just as well not have seen, and definitely nothing to write home about.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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