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Nightmare Detective (2006)

Ryuhei Matsuda , Hitomi , Shin'ya Tsukamoto  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ryuhei Matsuda, Hitomi, Masanobu Ando, Ren Ohsugi, Yoshio Harada
  • Directors: Shin'ya Tsukamoto
  • Writers: Shin'ya Tsukamoto
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Dimension Extreme
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00104AYG0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,161 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Nightmare Detective" on IMDb

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Terrifying horror film about a man who gets into people’s dreams and causes them to kill themselves in real life.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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NIGHTMARE DETECTIVE (a.k.a. Akumu Tantei, 2006) is the handiwork of renowned Japanese director/actor Shinya Tsukamoto who is also responsible for acclaimed hits such as TETSUO 1 & 2 and A Snake of June. I like this director's style, this film may have the largest budget bestowed him, but this director stands by his art, never for a moment does he give in to the pressure of making a studio-approved/influenced film. Tsukamoto just has a bigger budget to give mainstream viewers another shot of the bizarre and macabre. Would you believe that the director of this film also plays the main antagonist? Well, he does, and rightfully so. (Tsukamoto also played the lead in "Marebito", which I will review later)

A beautiful and competent detective named Keiko Kirishima (J-pop star Reiko Hitomi) is summoned to investigate supposedly two separate suicide cases. The supposed "suicides" have a common denominator; the victims dialed the same number on their cell phones just minutes before their demise. When one of the victim's wife makes a statement that she saw her husband cutting himself to pieces while he is asleep, it starts to feel more like a "serial" murder. Keiko and her partner, Wakamiya (Masanobu Ando) decides to enlist the aid of Kagenuma (Ryuhei Matsuda, Izo), a so-called psychic who can enter the dreams of another individual. The mysterious individual on the receiving end of the cell phone calls; "O" be the man behind the bloody incidents? Somehow, "O" holds the same mysterious power that Kagenuma wields.

At first glance, "Nightmare Detective" may feel like a rethread of Miike's "One Missed Call" mixed in with the horror elements of "Dreamscape" and "A Nightmare at Elm Street".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This film, by Director Tsukamoto, of the "Iron Man" series is full of wonderful horror action and subtle references to the occult world. It is beautifully acted out by Ryuhei Matsuda as the "Nightmare Detective" and the camera shots of Japan in conjunction with the dream scape sequences are a pleasure to see. Another pleasure is to see J-Pop Star, Reiko Hitomi, in her first movie! I am in love with this woman. She is lovely to look at and comes with a certain freshness to her acting. You can tell she is sincere and I like her maturity on screen. At first, I was wondering if Tsukamoto could make a movie of this natue without it becoming a movie for teenagers or a comedy. I am very pleased to say he not only pulled it off, but he also made it a movie for adults with themes that require some thought, such as: Love, Hate, Depression, Murder, Loneliness, the nature of Reality versus Dreams, Psychic Powers, Lust, and Suicide. This is dark Japanese horror film making at it's best. Finally, as a bonus, the DVD has a "Making of Nightmare Detective" in the special features portion in which Director Tsukamoto explains his creative process to you behind the scenes of the movie. And you get to see more of lovely Hitomi as well!!!! Nightmare Detective is a highly recommended Japanese Horror movie and I would not be suprized if an American remake hits the market in the near future. Enough said.-smile-
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Death Through R.E.M. ... March 23, 2013
People are committing suicide in bloody, messy ways, and the police are at their wit's end trying to figure out why. The deaths are somehow connected to a mystery man on the victims' cell phones. The police decide to investigate both traditionally, and using a psychic (yep, the NIGHTMARE DETECTIVE). This movie is another example of superior Asian horror, w/ its bizarre story that pays homage to classics like A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, IN DREAMS, DREAMSCAPE, and THE CELL, without being redundant. It starts out a bit like JU-ON, RINGU, or ONE MISSED CALL, w/ its supernatural cell phone insanity. ND soon establishes itself as a very different sort of spooker. I like the way the scene switches from dream to reality, increasingly blurring the line between the two. A very worthwhile watch...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! What a story! Que buena historia. January 2, 2013
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Although the title could be misleading this movie is excellent. You know from the start what is happening, but it's the content and the development that matters, it's a great variation of the what if you're not safe in your dreams happens. I liked it.

Aunque no se ve mucho del detective de las pesadillas la solución es genial. Una increible película. Muy recomendable para quienes quieren ver un buen misterio en donde ya no se puede estar seguro ni en los sueños.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Japanese-style "Nightscape" March 23, 2008
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This movie reminds me a lot of "Nightmare on Elm Street" and the old movie "Dreamscape" I saw as a child. The killer appears in people's dreams and menaces them with very sharp knives. The dream sequences are pretty darn intense. As with all Tsukamoto's movies, "Nightmare Detective" is extremely imaginative and dares you to think. May be a bit too Eastern for some viewers here in the States. If you are a big fan of other Asian horror films, I think you will like this a lot. I did.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get Outta My Head February 9, 2014
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Interesting crime-thriller where the villain gets into people's head to make they commit murder or suicide. Japan's take on the thriller genre always proves noteworthy for out-of-the-box ideas. Lurid, at times hokey, but you still sit watching the movie. Another film that haunts and disturbs is The Suicide Club.
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