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    Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s CREEPY at 2016 Fantasia Festival

    Takakura (Hidetoshi Nishijima) learns a disturbing truth in director Kiyoshi Kurosawa`s CREEPY. Photo courtesy of Asmik Ace. © 2016 “CREEPY” Film Partners?

    Source: Fantasia Festival, Shochiku Co., Ltd., Asmik Ace Entertainment, Inc. Official Movie Site: (Japan) Special Thanks to Kaila Hier and Emmanuelle DiBuono Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa first came to international attention with the acclaimed suspense/horror films CURE (???, Kyua, 1997), CHARISMA (????, Karisuma, 1999) and PULSE (??, Kairo, 2001) before moving on to award-winning works like TOKYO SONATA (????????, 2008) and JOURNEY TO THE SHORE (????, Kishibe no Tabi, 2015). He recently made a welcome return to the genre of his early days with CREEPY (????? ?????, Kuriipii Itsuwari no Rinjin, 2016), an adaptation of Yutaka Maekawa`s mystery novel. His new film has proven a favorite at international film festivals, including the July 26th Canadian premiere at the 2016 Fantasia Festival. STORY After a traumatic incident, criminal psychologist and former police detective Takakura (Hidetoshi Nishijima) moves to a new neighborhood with his wife Yasuko (Yuko Takeuchi) to make a fresh start. Upon meeting their new neighbors, the Nishinos, Takakura senses something odd about them, particularly Mr. Nishino (Teruyuki Kagawa). Then he is approached by the Nishinos` daughter Mio (Ryoko Fujino), whose shocking whispered confession shatters the serenity of his new life: "That man in my house is not my father... He`s a total stranger."

    The odd neighbor Mr Nishino (Teruyuki Kagawa) and his daughter -- ? -- Mio (Ryoko Fujino). Photo courtesy of Asmik Ace. © 2016 “CREEPY” Film Partners?

    CREDITS Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa Screenplay: Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Chihiro Ikeda, Yutaka Maekawa Cast: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Yuko Takeuchi, Teruyuki Kagawa, Haruna Kawaguchi, Masahiro Higashide Company: Shochiku

    Nogami (Masahiro Higashide) asks Takakura to look into a cold case. Photo courtesy of Asmik Ace. © 2016 “CREEPY” Film Partners?
    Nishino`s behavior raises red flags for Takakura. Photo courtesy of Fantasia Festival. © 2016 “CREEPY” Film Partners?
    Takakura at home with his wife, Yasuko (Yuko Takeuchi). Photo courtesy of Asmik Ace. © 2016 “CREEPY” Film Partners?
    Photo courtesy of Asmik Ace. © 2016 “CREEPY” Film Partners?

    About the Fantasia International Film Festival

    Since its inception in 1996, the Fantasia International Film Festival is now recognized as the largest and most influential event of its kind in North America, a leader on the genre film scene and one of the country’s most popular film festivals. With a varied programming and an emphasis on the imaginative cinema of Asia, Europe and the Americas, Fantasia’s offerings range from unique and powerful personal visions to international commercial crowd-pleasers rarely seen in North America.

    About Shochiku Co., Ltd.

    Shochiku traces its origins to 1895 when Takejiro Otani presented his first stage play. They also produced the first color motion picture in Japan, and have expanded into TV dramas, video contents, Kabuki presentation, theater operations, and real estate. The company has become a symbol of enduring tradition as the exclusive promoter of the Kabuki theater in Japan as well as widely known as the creator of the world’s longest-running feature film series TORA-SAN. The company is making all possible efforts to develop business in various fields, including multimedia and co-productions, across generation, national, and cultural borders.

    About Asmik Ace Entertainment, Inc.

    Our goal is to provide "dreams" and "emotions" through motion pictures as well as all the other kinds of entertainment content, and contribute to enriching the society and its culture. The goal is not only to introduce the finest international works to Japan, but also to bring our own works to overseas, and to collaborate with talented people all over the world.

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