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The Complex (2013) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Narimiya Hiroki (Actor) | Katsumura Masanobu (Actor) | Nishida Naomi (Actor) | Maeda Atsuko (Actor)
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Japan's master of horror Nakata Hideo takes you on a trip into the apartment of fear with The Complex, the director's first Japanese supernatural horror film since 2007's Kaidan. The Complex stars Maeda Atsuko as a young woman who runs into ghostly matters when she moves in to a rundown public apartment complex and realizes she's being haunted by a dead neighbor. With writers Kato Junya and Miyake Ryuta, Nakata keeps the audience guessing until the very end by introducing psychological thriller elements into the story. Hungry for a good scare in the cinema, Japanese audiences flocked to the film, making it the number one film at the box office for two straight weeks.

Young nursing student Asuka (Maeda Atsuko) moves into a rundown public housing complex with her family and is immediately put off by scratching noises on her wall at night. Soon, she discovers that the noises came from her elderly neighbor, who was clawing on the wall while slowly dying from malnutrition. Asuka is so disturbed that she still hears the clawing noise long after the elderly man's body has been removed. Soon, she realizes that the noises may not be coming from her mind, but the spirit of the dead man. With the help of Sasahara (Narimiya Hiroki), an employee for a company that cleans out the apartments of the deceased, Asuka decides to investigate whether her troubles are related to the supernatural.

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Product Title: The Complex (2013) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 童咒 (2013) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 童咒 (2013) (Blu-ray) (香港版) The Complex (2013) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) The Complex (2013) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Narimiya Hiroki (Actor) | Katsumura Masanobu (Actor) | Nishida Naomi (Actor) | Maeda Atsuko (Actor) 成宮寬貴 (Actor) | 勝村政信 (Actor) | 西田尚美 (Actor) | 前田敦子 (Actor) 成宫宽贵 (Actor) | 胜村政信 (Actor) | 西田尚美 (Actor) | 前田敦子 (Actor) 成宮寛貴 (Actor) | 勝村政信 (Actor) | 西田尚美 (Actor) | 前田敦子 (Actor) Narimiya Hiroki (Actor) | Katsumura Masanobu (Actor) | Nishida Naomi (Actor) | 마에다 아츠코 (Actor)
Director: Nakata Hideo 中田秀夫 中田秀夫 中田秀夫 Nakata Hideo
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2013-12-13
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Sound Information: Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM)
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Duration: 106 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1034782943

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Director: Nakata Hideo

Nursing student Asuka (Atsuko Maeda) is awoken by a stange scratching sound coming from the apartment next door. After discovering her elderly neighbor dead, she is shocked to learn that many strange occurrences and deaths plague her apartment complex. Things worsen when the scratching returns, her family begins behaving oddly, and she is threatened by an apparition of the old man from next door. With only a cleaning man and a ten-year old boy on her side, Asuka is in a race not to become the next victim of the complex!
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Professional Review of "The Complex (2013) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

February 10, 2014

This professional review refers to The Complex (2013) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Nakata Hideo of Ringu fame returns again to the supernatural with The Complex following up on The Incite Mill and English language outing Chatroom both of which were met with a generally lukewarm response. Written by Kato Junya (Meatball Machine) and Miyake Ryuta (The Grudge: Old Lady in White), the film revolves around creepy goings-on in the public housing complex of the title, attempting to liven up the usual J-Horror cliche with a few odd twists and quirky touches. After premiering at the Rotterdam Film Festival, the film was somewhat of a surprise hit in Japan, topping the box office for an impressive two week period.

Former AKB48 member Maeda Atsuko headlines as Asuka, a young nursing student who moves with her family into the sprawling Kuroyuri apartment complex, site of a series of mysterious deaths a decade previously. Right away she notices something not quite right about the place, being kept up at night by strange scratching noises from the apartment next door. These turn out to have been made by her elderly neighbour, who she finds dead of malnutrition some days later, a discovery which understandably makes her less than keen to stick around. When the scratching noises continue, she starts to suspect that the old man's malevolent ghost might be lurking around, and teams with Sasahara (Narimiya Hiroki, recently in Miike Takashi's Ace Attorney to investigate, a young man who works for a company that cleans the homes of the deceased.

The Complex is actually a bit of a stranger film than its fairly generic premise might suggest, and though it does to an extent rely upon some of the tried and tested post-Ringu Asian horror devices and motifs, there's enough eccentricity here to make it stand out, at least a little. As well as drawing openly upon Ringu, Dark Water, The Grudge and others, the film also recalls Suzuki Koji's source novels, in particular Loop and Spiral and shows the same flair for weirdness and ambiguity. Without wishing to give anything away, this is definitely the film's main strength, Nakata managing to work in some entertaining twists and shifts, some of which edge towards science fiction and Twilight Zone type territory, and this helps to hold the interest and to give the viewer a few surprises along the way. While the characters themselves are pretty inconsequential and the film lacks the kind of emotional involvement that would have made it more gripping and grounded, the central puzzle is fun and multi-layered, distracting from some of the more overly familiar elements.

Though he's had a few missteps in his career, and never really managed to again hit the high notes of Ringu there's no doubt that Nakata is a talented genre helmer, and he does a solid job here of combining an eerie, off-kilter atmosphere with a handful of decent jump scares and shock scenes. Experienced fright fans are unlikely to be terrified, of course, though there's a pleasing amount of tension and mystery to the proceedings, and a few well-orchestrated sequences ensure that things never get boring. Nakata is at his best when depicting moody urban paranoia and isolation, and that's very much his approach here, with lots of shots of faceless buildings and a general air of loneliness and abandonment, the film's two key themes. The complex itself is a fine setting, and Nakata makes the most it to good effect, putting the viewer in the shoes of the confused Asuka as she wanders around and tries to figure out what's going on.

While none of this is really enough to make The Complex outstanding or the kind of thing that will be remembered long after the credits have rolled, it's an above average piece of J-Horror that generally ticks the right boxes and adds a few enjoyable pinches of creativity. One of Nakata Hideo's better offerings of late, it should go down well with fans, and features enough frights and creepiness to make its modest mark.

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