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The Hypnotist (1999)

Cast: Miho Kanno, Miho Kanno, Ken Utsui, more...
Director: Masayuki Ochiai, Masayuki Ochiai
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: A.D.V. Films
Genre: Foreign, Horror, Japan, Asian Horror
Running Time: 110 min.
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English
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This title is currently out of print.

Fresh off the international success of such Japanese supernatural flicks as Ring (1996) and Cure (1998) comes this bizarre mystery thriller. The film opens with a trio of inexplicable suicides: a groom strangles himself at his own wedding, an old man hurls himself out a window, and an athlete runs until her legs break. In each case, the victims dying words were "The green monkey is coming." Burned-out cop Sakurai (Ken Utsui), along with psychologist Saga (Goro Inagaki), set out to investigate the deaths. The search leads them to Yuka (Miho Kanno), an enigmatic TV hypnotist. As the bodies continue to pile up, Sakurai and Saga desperately go about looking for the deadly trigger to these otherworldly murders. ~ Jonathan Crow, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Close but no cigar by yaobong December 28, 2004 - 2:49 PM PST
0 out of 1 members found this review helpful
The first half of the movie was suspenseful and promising. Then it falls apart as if the script writer has just quit.
Plot spoiler:
Based on the sight of a toppled ashtray stand, a character made an association of the metallic sound of that event to the triangle sound of the opening of the 4th movement of Dvorak's New World Symphony. Yeah, right.

Really good and spooky!!! by APIERRE July 13, 2004 - 1:09 PM PDT
3 out of 5 members found this review helpful
If you thought the movie Ringu was scary, wait to see this one. The story is really well written and well built and the special effects really realistic, may be too realistic sometimes as some scenes are quite shocking and unexpected. I liked this movie so much that I decided to buy it on DVD for my personal Japanese horror collection. A must see!

If you liked Ringu, try this by rmarkd June 20, 2003 - 11:58 PM PDT
6 out of 8 members found this review helpful
First, be warned. There are a few gruesome scenes in this movie (for example, a girl runs herself to death. She runs so hard, her bones fracture. I saw this movie while eating dinner. Nothing like protruding bones to whet your appetite...)

A rash of mysterious deaths start happening for no reason. The one common thread is the victims all spoke of a green monkey attacking them. A TV hypnotist may or may not have a link to these death. And he has another potential victim; a girl who believes she's an alien or being chased by a green monkey...

For the most part, whodunit plot was an interesting ride. But near the end it takes a nice sharp turn and heads off a cliff. Then it got really interesting and sold the deal. There's an eerieness about the movie and again, the ending was a genuine surprise for me.

Now if only someone could explain to me why the head detective was such an a**hole to his assistant.

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