Written by: Michael Den Boer on January 19th, 2017
Theatrical Release Date: Japan, 2016
Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Writers: Chihiro Ikeda, Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Cast: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Yûko Takeuchi, Toru Baba, Ryôko Fujino, Masahiro Higashide, Teruyuki Kagawa, Haruna Kawaguchi
BluRay released: January 23rd, 2017
Approximate running times: 130 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Rating: 15 (UK)
Sound: DTS-HD 5.1 Japanese, LPCM Stereo Japanese
BluRay Release: Eureka Video
Region Coding: Region B / Region 2 PAL
Retail Price: £19.99 (UK)
Creepy was co-written and directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa who’s other notable films include, Guard from the Underground, Cure, Serpent’s Past, Eyes of the Spider, Pulse and Tokyo Sonata. The screenplay for Creepy was adapted from Yutaka Maekawa’s novel of the same name.
Though there are occasional moments that have a Horror film vibe to them. To simply call this film a Horror film would be doing it a great disservice. And a better way to describe this film would be to call it a psychological thriller.
The film opens with a bang, with this film’s protagonist having just interviewed what he believes to be a classic definition of psychopath. From there things quakily go awry when said psychopath escapes police custody and takes a woman hostage. Now cornered the suspect is determined to dictate the terms and while the protagonist tries to negotiate with the suspect. Then all hell breaks loose when the suspect stabs the protagonist in the back, kills his hostage and is shot dead by other law enforcement officers. It is this key event sets in motion the protagonist life after law enforcement and how he has struggled to move on from that tragic moment.
Though this opening setup more resembles a police procedural. The remainder of the film more than lives up to the title of the film Creepy. And this sense of creepiness extends beyond one character, since it is literally all around. With that being said, some are creepier than others and there is one character in particular who takes being creepy to another level.
From a production standpoint, there are no area’s where this film does not deliver and in many instances, excel. The visuals do a superb job setting the mood and maintaining it throughout. The narrative is well constructed and pacing is never an issue as things are move along briskly. The characters are well defined and their motivations are never left in doubt.
Performance wise the entire cast are great in their respective roles. With this film’s standout performance coming from Hidetoshi Nishijima (Dolls) in the role of a former detective named Takakura. Out of all of the characters in this film he is the most grounded character and it is his character which also shows the greatest amount of growth by the end of the film. Another performance of note is Teruyuki Kagawa (Devil on the Doorstep) in the role of Takakura’s a neighbor Nishino who takes creepy to another level.
Creepy comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. This film has an intended look and this transfer does a solid job retaining said look. Colors and flesh tones look accurate, black levels remain strong throughout and there are no issues with DNR or compression.
This release comes with two audio options, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in Japanese and a LPCM stereo mix in Japanese and included with this release are removable English subtitles. You can’t go wrong with either audio mix as they both do a superb job with the more ambient aspects of the soundtrack. Both audio mixes sound balanced and dialog is always clear enough to follow.
Extras for this this release include, a trailer for the film (1 minute 32 seconds, in Japanese with English subtitles) and an interview with director Kiyoshi Kurosawa (37 minutes 47 seconds, in Japanese with English subtitles).
Topics discussed in the interview with Kiyoshi Kurosawa include, how he chooses the mood of each film he makes, how darkness is not only confined to Horror cinema and it can be found in all genres even comedies, the cast, the crew, the source novel and why you choose to adapt it into a film, Alfred Hitchcock’s influence over all filmmakers, the score and Bernard Herrmann’s influence, his thoughts bout the film and his future plans as a filmmaker.
Rounding out the extras is a twenty-four-page booklet with cast & crew information, an essay about the film written by Jasper Sharp and information about the transfer. Also, included with this release is a DVD that has the same content included on the Blu-Ray included as part of this combo release. Overall Creepy gets a solid release from Eureka Entertainment.