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What's amazing about these Asian directors like Kurosawa is that they're more versed in american cinema than the idiots directing for the big american studios these days. If you look at the way the story unfolds, and the movement of the camera, and music choice, not to mention the awesome split screen (which I thought was really advantageous to this movie) you can tell that Kurosawa has to have seen some classic DePalma movies like "Blowout" and "Body Double" (Blowout, 1980 -- Tarantino loved it...and was the reason he used Travolta in Pulp Fiction). It's also feels like there's a shadow of Cronenberg as well, and those robots look like "Johnny 5" from Short Circuit.
What you have to understand is that this film is looking at the idea of the doppleganger as a metaphor.Read more ›
Doppelganger opens like so many classic thrillers; with violins a-screeching and horns a-screaming. This self-described "most frightening film yet" plays like a intellectual thriller, not the hellish nightmare spelled out by the movie's main tagline.
The movie jumps back and forth between to story-lines, happening concurrently. Firstly, we see Yuka (Hiromi Nagasaku ) leaving a home improvements store. She sees her brother, Takashi, wondering in the store parking lot. Yuka offers him a ride back to their house with her, but Takashi sullen and hunched over, continues to walk away with only a short glance back. When Yuka gets home, a phone call informs her that Takashi is at the area hospital, deceased. This news shocks and surprises Yuka, because Takashi is writing on his computer, in his room.
Cut to Hayasaki (K?ji Yakusho; Cure). He's a company idea-man who, with his two assistants Takano and Aoki, is working to perfect his newest project; an "artificial body" that has promise to help the paralyzed. After a successful test of the chair in front of the company's board, Hayasaki is pressured by the department head to either finalize the project or take a management position and let someone else finish his work. He refuses. The company is putting heavy pressure on him and his small staff. Frustrated, Hayasaki heads home to find...Hayasaki sitting in his chair! The film continues to give us alternating tastes of Hayasaki's and Yuka's stories until they soon find themselves sitting across from each other at a diner. They both have similar problems.Read more ›
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Really nice film by the director of the original Pulse. Not really a horror film though. It's starts out like a horror but soon becomes a kind of philosophical comedy.Published 2 days ago by Jeremy o dwyer
Director Kurosawa is good at giving each of his films their own unique feel. Here, Doppelganger explores a detective (Kurosawa favorite Kôji Yakusho) as he literally faces his... Read morePublished on April 22, 2012 by Lester
Good movie with a crazy concept,but somehow it works out. It's definitely different...I had a few good laughs while watching it.Published on January 28, 2012 by Yuki-kun
Plot in a nutshell- Guy meets his double ("doppelganger")while working on an "arm-ed" wheelchair. Nothing great really happens after that...or before. Read morePublished on August 27, 2008 by J. Davis
Kiyoshi Kurosawa has made a commendable little quasi horror, action picture. He has taken the Doppleganger idea and fleshed it out in a realistic fashion. Read morePublished on February 24, 2005 by Phantasmagoria