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Retribution (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
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Japanese writer-director Kurosawa Kiyoshi made his international breakthrough in 1997 with the acclaimed psychological thriller Cure. Renowned for his horror titles, the director has a knack for getting under the skin and into the mind with deep, unsettling films that challenge the boundaries of the genre. A decade after Cure, Kurosawa teams up with producer Ichise Taka (Ring, Ju-On) and again actor Yakusho Koji, the star of Cure and 2003's Doppelganger, for Sakebi (Retribution). Like Cure, Sakebi stars Yakusho as a weathered detective who begins to lose himself in a serial murder investigation, bringing up perplexing questions of self, memory, and the fragility and perils of the human mind. From there, Kurosawa takes the film to even more startling and disturbing places, soberly exploring the darkness that brings people together. Besides the classic pairing of Kurosawa and Yakusho, the film also features the remarkable supporting cast of Odagiri Joe (Yureru), Ihara Tsuyoshi (Letters from Iwo Jima), Konishi Manami (Udon), and Kase Ryo (Nice no Mori).

Detective Yoshioka (Yakusho Koji) is in charge of a serial murder case, and in the course of investigation, he discovers his own fingerprints and personal effects at a murder scene. As more and more clues point to him, Yoshioka tries hard to make sense of the situation, but it's as if a cloud hangs over his mind and pieces of his life are missing in darkness. His relationship with his longtime girlfriend Harue (Konishi Manami) feels empty and distant, and his partner Miyaji (Ihara Tsuyoshi) is starting to suspect him. Unsure if he can even trust himself, Yoshioka goes to police psychiatrist Takagi (Odagiri Joe) for help, but the therapy can't seem to clear his mind of shadows and spectres. Is Yoshioka actually hunting himself?

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Product Title: Retribution (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) 惹鬼狂叫 (VCD) (香港版) 惹鬼狂叫 (VCD) (香港版) 叫(さけび) (香港版) Retribution (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Yakusho Koji (Actor) | Konishi Manami (Actor) | Odagiri Joe | Ihara Tsuyoshi 役所廣司 (Actor) | 小西真奈美 (Actor) | 小田切讓 | 伊原剛志 役所广司 (Actor) | 小西真奈美 (Actor) | 小田切让 | 伊原刚志 役所広司 (Actor) | 小西真奈美 (Actor) | オダギリジョー | 伊原剛志 Yakusho Koji (Actor) | Konishi Manami (Actor) | 오다기리 죠 | Ihara Tsuyoshi
Director: Kurosawa Kiyoshi 黑澤清 黑泽清 黒沢清 Kurosawa Kiyoshi
Release Date: 2007-08-03
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Japan
Disc Format(s): VCD
Rating: IIB
Duration: 104 (mins)
Publisher: Asia Video (HK)
Other Information: 2VCDs
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004968385

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Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa



Detective Yoshioka (Koji Yakusho) heads a serial murder investigation. When Yoshioka's own fingerprints and some of his personal items are found at the location of the murders and on the victim's corpses, he begins to wonder whether he may be the very murderer that he is pursuing...and even his own memory cannot save him from his own suspicion.
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Professional Review of "Retribution (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)"

August 29, 2007

This professional review refers to Retribution (2006) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Perhaps in this day and age of blog and forum discussion, the word auteur is thrown around a little too lightly. Nevertheless, Kiyoshi Kurosawa's work of the 1990s and early 2000s has lifted the prolific filmmaker into auteur territory by the benchmark that you can simply tell you are watching one of his films by viewing only a few frames. It is fair to consider his latest work, the J-Horror police procedural whodunit Retribution, both a primer for and a culmination of his work.

A woman in a red dress is drowned in a puddle on a dilapidated and non-descript landfill site. Kôji Yakusho, a very familiar face in Kurosawa films, is the competent, if rundown, police detective Yoshioka who is brought in to work the case. A button found in the water near the crime scene catches his eye. It is familiar enough looking to cause him to go through his own closets. One of his own coats is missing an identical button. Soon the ghost of the woman in red visits upon him some (highly effective) waking hallucinations. Although the ghost is indeed creepy, perhaps more unsettling is the distant relationship with his girlfriend who often walks away seemingly in mid-conversation. Yoshioka is close enough to the edge of depression that he begins to suspect that he himself is the murderer. Things get more complicated when another body shows up, with an obvious suspect (not Yoshioka), but also with the same salt-water drowning MO.

There is (literal, if the subtitles are to be trusted) name checking of other iconic entries into the genre (such as Ju-On, as well as his own Kairo/Pulse - look for a decidedly different take on the classic 'jump' from that film) but the film is also infused with a canny sense of humour. Jô Odagiri has a small role where the nature of his character is the source of more than one instance of dead-pan humour. This is strangely at home in the grungy, non-descript interior and exterior locales. Japan here seems to be changing much for the worse into abandoned industrial sites and half-completed landfills riddled with puddles, stand-ins for tears for the criminal carelessness of planning. The fact that earthquakes punctuate many of the key scenes signaling the entrance of calamity further underscores the decay present, puddles rippling in anguish.

Following Kurosawa's themes of identity crisis, self worth, aimless youth, violent - yet curiously detached - crimes, and pending apocalypse - familiar enough in Cure, Bright Future, Doppelgänger - things here are mixed up, inexplicable and evocative in a way that cannot help but conjure a Lynchian echo or two. Kiyoshi Kurosawa is elliptical and surreal at the best of times, but even more so here. Simply put, Retribution is the Mulholland Drive of his particular brand of horror. Accepting the fact that this is not a retread of his earlier films, despite the many similarities and visual nods contained within, is tantamount of being able to suspend disbelief and not write the film off as the product of a writer looking back (or dumbing down via producer Takashige Ichise). This is clearly a forward thinking experiment.

Make no mistake though, the scares in the film are of the long, chilling variety. Kurosawa has a well developed ability to hold a scene much longer than anyone (including Takashi Shimizu) and make it play (paradoxically) high in tension and coolly remote. Destined to be misunderstood in the same way that Hayao Miyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle was, I believe Retribution is to be enjoyed as an ambitiously different take on familiar sights.

The new DVD release comes from Hong Kong's AVP, a relatively young company that seems to specialize in bringing quality Asian films from outside Hong Kong into the territory. This release follows the same pattern that they have established so far, namely extras are minimal - non-existent, in this case - and the menu system basic in the extreme, but the film itself is treated to an excellent, anamorphic transfer with high quality english subtitles. Basically it appears that AVP aim to keep their costs down by cutting out the frills so that they can focus on treating the films themselves properly and as long as they keep sourcing such quality stuff and keeping the core content at a high level, that's fine with me.

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Customer Review of "Retribution (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)

Kevin Kennedy
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August 13, 2015

This customer review refers to Retribution (2006) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
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A horror movie for grown-ups Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Writer/director Kurosawa Kiyoshi's "Retribution" is a visual tone poem of psychological horror. Police detective Yoshioka (Yakusho Koji) and his partner Miyaji (Ihara Tsuyoshi) visit the the site of an apparent murder. A woman clad in a crimson coat was drowned when her head was held under water in a saltwater puddle. Yoshioka notices nearby a button that looks familiar to him. When he returns home, Yoshioka finds that an identical button is missing from one of his topcoats.

The thought that somehow he might be responsible for this crime haunts him. Then the ghost of a woman in a crimson coat actually begins to haunt him. It's not just Yoshioka's mind that is unsettled; Tokyo itself is unsettled by a series of minor earthquakes. Things seem to be coming unglued.

Yoshioka seeks solace in the company of a passive young woman, Harue (Konishi Manami), who drifts in and out of his life -- is she his daughter? a hooker? his much-younger girlfriend? Eventually it emerges that she is his girlfriend, but an air of mystery hangs over their relationship.

Another clue is found at the crime scene that seems to tie Yoshioka to the murder. Now his partner Miyaji begins to suspect his involvement. Yoshioka must redouble his efforts to solve the crime in order to clear his name, while at the same time trying to unburden himself of the ghastly lady in red who torments him.

The resolution to this mystery is surprisingly satisfying and genuinely creepy. I don't recommend that the viewer closely analyze the intersecting story lines in "Retribution"; it is best simply to let the cinematographer Ashizawa Akiko's disturbingly beautiful images wash over you. This is not a fright film of the 'teen scream' variety. It is a poetic vision of horror.
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