×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Hypnosis

Exploiting the same menace in everyday life and artifacts as the hit series "The Ring," Masayuki Ochiai's "Hypnosis" is a quality entry in the current spate of Japanese supernatural thrillers sweeping East Asian markets. A natural for fantasy events, and with ancillary potential elsewhere, this well-tooled slice of hokum is way superior to TV vet Ochiai's debut horrorfest, "Parasite Eve" ( 1997).

Exploiting the same menace in everyday life and artifacts as the hit series “The Ring,” Masayuki Ochiai’s “Hypnosis” is a quality entry in the current spate of Japanese supernatural thrillers sweeping East Asian markets. A natural for fantasy events, and with ancillary potential elsewhere, this well-tooled slice of hokum is way superior to TV vet Ochiai’s debut horrorfest, “Parasite Eve” ( 1997).

When a groom garrotes himself at his wedding, an aged man throws himself through a window and an athlete runs till her leg fractures, grumpy cop Sakurai (Ken Utsui) is paired with young psychologist Saga (popular Goro Inagaki) to solve the mystery. All the victims’ last words were “The green monkey is coming!” and Saga reckons the deaths are connected with a TV hypnotist, one of whose subjects is the mysterious Yuka (Miho Kanno). As suicides continue, Saga needs to find the trigger for them — leading to a well-mounted, Hitchcockian set piece centered on a performance on Dvorak’s “New World” symphony. Carefully shot, with much wry humor, pic cleverly suggests that, in a society bombarded with visual and aural stimuli, everyone is in fact “hypnotized” and programmed to respond.

Hypnosis

(JAPAN)

Production: A Toho Co. release of a Toho/TBS production. Produced by Toru Shibata, Toshiyaki Harada. Directed by Masayuki Ochiai. Screenplay, Ochiai, Yasushi Fukuda, based on the novel by Keisuke Matsuoka. Camera (color, widescreen), Osamu Fujiishi; editor, Kazuo Miyauchi; music, Kuniyagi Haijima; art director, Takeshi Shimizu. Reviewed on videodisc, London, Dec. 5, 1999. Original title: Saimin. Running time: 109 MIN.

With: With: Goro Inagaki, Miho Kanno, Ken Utsui, Takeshi Sho, Yuki Watanabe, Shigemitsu Ogi, Kenta Satori, Akira Shirai, Ren Osugi.

More Film

  • Ari Emanuel Endeavor

    Endeavor IPO Filing Offers Details of Company's Financials, Leadership Pay Packages

    Endeavor’s IPO filing Thursday offers a hard look at the company’s financial performance during the past three years during a period of rapid growth for the company that’s home to UFC, WME, Professional Bull Riders and a clutch of other assets. Endeavor is generating solid free cash flow from operations and healthy adjusted earnings for [...]

  • Inside amfAR's Cannes Gala

    Inside amfAR's Cannes Gala: Mariah Carey, Kendall Jenner and Tiffany Trump

    Kendall Jenner caused a commotion when she arrived. Tiffany Trump went unrecognized until a member of the press pointed her out as she made her way down the carpet. And Mariah Carey flew in to perform a couple of songs. Welcome to this year’s AmfAR Gala Cannes, the AIDS organization’s annual — and largest — [...]

  • 'Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo' Review: Abdellatif

    Cannes Film Review: 'Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo'

    A simple but somehow atypical shot opens Abdellatif Kechiche’s new film: a serene closeup of a young woman’s face, as seen through the camera lens of Amir, a budding photographer still finding his perspective. Her expression is ambiguously tranquil, her long hair lightly rustled by a humid breeze, all softly lit by a sinking afternoon [...]

  • Crown Vic

    Thomas Jane's Police Thriller 'Crown Vic' Sells to Screen Media (EXCLUSIVE)

    Screen Media has bought North American rights to writer-director Joel Souza’s police crime-thriller “Crown Vic,” starring Thomas Jane and Luke Kleintank. The distributor closed terms during the Cannes Film Festival amid a competitive bidding situation between seven other suitors. Screen Media plans to release the pic this fall. “Crown Vic” premiered in April at the [...]

  • Colleen Bell

    Colleen Bell Replaces Amy Lemisch as California Film Commission Director

    Veteran entertainment executive and ambassador Colleen Bell will replace Amy Lemisch as director of the California Film Commission. Bell, who was appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday, has worked as a consultant since 2017. She was the U.S. ambassador to Hungary from 2014 to 2017. She held several positions at Bell-Phillip Television Productions, including [...]

  • Jon Feltheimer

    Lionsgate Posts Loss, Underperforms Wall Street Expectations

    Lionsgate has posted a quarterly loss and its revenues and operating income have come in under Wall Street projections, despite growth from its premium cable channel, Starz. The studio reported a net loss of $24 million, or 11 cents a share, with adjusted operating income of $103 million for its fourth fiscal quarter ended March [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content