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Takakura is a former detective. He receives a request from his ex-colleague, Nogami, to examine a missing family case that occurred 6 years earlier.

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Takakura follows Saki's memory. She is the only surviving family member from the case. Meanwhile, Takakura and his wife Yasuko recently moved into a new home. Their neighbor, Nishino, has a sick wife and a young teen daughter. One day, the daughter, Mio, tells him that the man is not her father and she doesn't know him at all.

The critical consensus

Kagawa's simpering malevolence fulfils the title's promise right up to his last, sly leer.

****(*)Kevin Harley, The List, 21/11/2016

Kurosawa returns to his sinister roots with a brutal serial killer yarn.

Glenn Heath Jr, Little White Lies, 23/11/2016

Creepy is generic fare. Most of the elements here have been used in countless crime and horror movies before. Kurosawa’s originality lies in the sly way he portrays the battle of wits between Nishino and the criminal psychologist on his tail.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 24/11/2016

Contrived as it sounds, Kurosowa is a master of building atmosphere and, unlike his last film, the Cannes-feted Journey to the Shore, Creepy allows him to exploit that atmosphere in a compelling way, delivering a thriller that’s genuinely unsettling.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 24/11/2016

Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s unnerving, virtuosic horror movie is amazingly attuned to ambience and emotional textures.

****(*)Phil Hoad, The Guardian, 24/11/2016

A criminologist reopens a cold case in a film that’s as stealthy and eerie as it sounds.

***(*)(*)Xan Brooks, The Observer, 27/11/2016

Where and when?

Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow from Friday November 25, 2016, until Monday November 28, 2016. More info:

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Friday December 2, 2016, until Thursday December 8, 2016. More info:

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