8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 11 January 2008
If you have already read the synopsis above, as I had prior to watching 'Chaos', you may find yourself thirty-forty minutes into the film cursing Amazon for having spoilt it for you, but be patient. The synopsis tells you far more than it should but thankfully the film has many more twists and turns, beyond Amazon's almost unforgiveable faux pas, which should dispel all your worries by the half-way point. Some of the information in the synopsis is incorrect anyway so don't worry too much about that... and now I come to think about it the trailer, included as an extra feature, gives away even more than the synopsis so don't watch that until you've seen the film! Anyway, onto the film...
The plot was complex enough to keep me thoroughly engaged without ever leaving me in that state of bewilderment I so often find myself in when watching Japanese films. The to-ings and fro-ings in the timeline are very easy to follow and never leave you wondering where you are for more than a few seconds, and in the end everything falls into place quite neatly without leaving unanswered questions. My experience was of a much more easily followed/understood film than some of the other reviews would have you believe.
All in all it's a very neat film, beautifully shot, well acted, cunningly crafted and with enough twists and turns to make a ballerina dizzy. The tension and suspense build steadily to very high levels and keep you gripped throughout, too. I highly recommend it as a very effective thriller.
CURSE, DEATH AND SPIRIT
This title is listed as 'Chaos / Curse, Death And Spirit' so I should add a little note of explanation. The main film is called 'Chaos'. 'Curse, Death and Spirit' is the first of the extra features comprising three short films directed by Nakata Hideo and not previously released. These are 'The Cursed Doll', 'Waterfall of the Dead Spirit' and 'An Inn Where a Ghost Lives'. The three short films are each approximately 21 minutes long and play as one feature at just over an hour in length. All are shot very cheaply with, I'm pretty sure, amateur actors and actresses, but are enjoyable and atmospheric pieces nonetheless.
...bizzare, and impenetrable, but watchable all the same. The synopsis errs on several points, so it adds to the confusion. Suitably creepy though and worth watching despite the challenge (not only because of the need for subtitles but also) because it's well-made, and the acting's quite good, too: the jarring pace keeps the tension high, and the characters are played convincingly. You feel some sympathy for the handyman and the mistress because they could be lovers, but their own natures and their actions betray them. The businessman's own nature and actions betray him too, but you feel derision for him instead. The ending leaves you bemused though, but then what's a little bemusement at the end when you had all the film leading up to it?
0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 7 May 2008
I have to admit, this was a bit of a disappointment, im not sure why it's under 'asian extreme', its not that extreme at all and its quite confusing, admitedly i was really tired when i watched it, but it didn't do much for me, though its not a bad film and is worth watching, i can see other people enjoying it.