Doppelganger

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Yuka Hiromi Nagasaku is an attractive young woman whose brother has recently died under mysterious circumstances. Shortly before his untimely death, Yuka got her first glimpse of his double, who has since moved into their apartment and taken his place. Hayasaki Koji Yakusho is a brilliant but mercurial scientist obsessed with perfecting a robot chair for the disabled, with wheels and mechanical arms that are supposed to function according to the "will" of the user. In his single-mindedness, he harangues his ...
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Koji Yakusho, Hiromi Nagasaku, Nagasaku Hiromi, Yusuke Santamaria, Masahiro Toda, Hiromi Sato 2005 DVD New in new packaging. Language: Japanese. Run time: 103 mins. Aspect ... ratio: 1.33: 1. Originally released: 2003. What would you do if you ran into your perfect double, your "doppelganger"-somebody who looks exactly like you? That is the starting point for this supernatural thriller that explores the duality of nature, and the conflict that arises when we cannot come to terms with both sides of our personalities. When meek scientist Michio Hayasaki comes face to face with his own doppelganger, he is at first terrified, believing that when this happens, you will die. Resisting at first, Hayasaki eventually learns to deal with his double, who, though physically identical to him, is frighteningly opposite in nature. The doppelganger pushes Hayasaki further and further into accepting the opposite side of his own nature, as his life starts heading into a downward spiral that can have only one conclusion. Read more Show Less

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Yuka Hiromi Nagasaku is an attractive young woman whose brother has recently died under mysterious circumstances. Shortly before his untimely death, Yuka got her first glimpse of his double, who has since moved into their apartment and taken his place. Hayasaki Koji Yakusho is a brilliant but mercurial scientist obsessed with perfecting a robot chair for the disabled, with wheels and mechanical arms that are supposed to function according to the "will" of the user. In his single-mindedness, he harangues his underlings and aggravates his employer, who is focused on the bottom line. After a co-worker tells Hayasaki about Yuka's experience, he finds himself being stalked by a doppelganger. At first, he thinks he is doomed, like Yuka's brother, and tries to avoid his double. Eventually, he loses his job, and control of his invention, and the doppelganger steps in to take care of everything. The double trashes Hayasaki's former lab, stealing the robot chair so the scientist can continue his work. The double also hires a young thug, Kimishima Yusuke Santamaria, to work for them. The double says Kimishima is "just dumb enough not to find us alarming." But Hayasaki's fears come to the fore when the double takes advantage of Yuka's interest in him. And when his former employer, Aoki Masahiro Toda, now disgraced, comes looking for a piece of the robot-chair action, the scientist finds himself uncertain who to trust. Doppelganger, a dark comedy directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa Cure from a script by Kurosawa and Ken Furusawa, was shown at the 2004 Rotterdam Film Festival.
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Special Features

Trailer; TV spots; "Making of" featurette; Interview with director Kiyoshi Kurosawa; Tartan Asia Extreme new releases; Subtitles: English & Spanish; Dolby digital 5.1 surround sound; DTS
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Japanese horror director Kiyoshi Kurosawa lightens up with Doppelganger. The film opens with a typically unnerving story about a young man whose double mysteriously appears one day, apparently causing his death, and matter-of-factly takes his place. But once the (seemingly growing) phenomenon of the Doppelganger reaches the main character, Hayasaki, an obsessive scientist played by Kurosawa mainstay Koji Yakusho, the film takes an unexpectedly comic turn. This is not to say Kurosawa's film is a laugh riot. The humor is mostly sardonic and deadpan, and there's some mayhem and plenty of tension, in addition to the filmmaker's usual philosophical underpinnings, as Hayasaki's double sets about "helping" him sort out his life. At first, Hayasaki comically tries to avoid and ignore his double, but eventually, as he starts to get more control over his current project, the double seems to be improving his life. That device, a wheelchair-based robotic body for the paralyzed that operates according to the "will" of the patient, is used in some delightful sight gags. It may even be the most likeable character in the film. But Yakusho delivers a wonderfully droll dual performance, and Kurosawa uses split-screen effects brilliantly, keeping us guessing as to the true nature of the double and using the strong visual motif to explicate a complex and demanding study of the nature of self. Doppelganger is an amusing and thought-provoking diversion from a confident and clever filmmaker. Doppelganger was shown at the 2004 edition of Subway Cinema's New York Asian Film Festival.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2005
  • UPC: 842498030035
  • Original Release: 2003
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  • Source: Tartan Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / DTS
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: Japanese
  • Time: 1:47:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Yakusho Koji
Koji Yakusho
Nagasaku Hiromi
Hiromi Nagasaku
Yusuke Santamaria
Masahiro Toda
Hiromi Sato
Eisuke Suzuki
Akira Emoto
Technical Credits
Kurosawa Kiyoshi Director, Screenwriter
Kiyoshi Kurosawa Director, Editor, Screenwriter
Sato Atsushi Producer
Shimoda Atsuyuki Producer
Ken Furusawa Screenwriter
Hiromichi Kaori Score Composer
Motoo Kawabata Producer
Hiromichi Kori Sound/Sound Designer
Onaga Masahiro Editor
Noriyuki Mizuguichi Cinematographer
Kawabata Motoo Producer
Takayuki Nitta Art Director
Mizuguchi Noriyuki Cinematographer
Masahiro Onaga Editor
Atsushi Sato Producer
Atsuyuki Shimoda Producer
Nitta Takayuki Production Designer
Furusawa Takeshi Screenwriter
Hayashi Yuusuke Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Doppelganger
1. Main Titles/Seeing Double [3:16]
2. Technical Innovation [4:27]
3. Paranormal Phenomenon [4:22]
4. Back From the Dead [4:57]
5. Cracking Up [7:11]
6. A Heavy Load [5:22]
7. A Novel Idea [5:31]
8. Getting Wired [4:25]
9. The Hammer [4:35]
10. Who's Responsible? [6:15]
11. Part of the Team [5:23]
12. A New Beginning [3:47]
13. Want to Help? [4:54]
14. Business Proposition [5:49]
15. Celebrating [7:51]
16. Cheers [3:58]
17. Car Problems [4:18]
18. Left Behind [3:25]
19. Give Up the Past [5:21]
20. Shot in the Dark/End Credits [11:15]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Doppelganger
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
   Set Up
      Audio
         Japanese 5.1 DTS
         Japanese 5.1 (Dolby Digital)
         Japanese 2.0 (Dolby Digital)
      Subtitles
         English
         Spanish
         None
   Special Features
      Trailer
      The Making of Doppelgänger
      Interview
      Tartan New Releases
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Doppelganger or The Ring?

    Okay so this movie kind of resembles the movie 'The Ring' in quite a few ways but yet it also has a bit more that is still hidden from even the most imaginative of us. I left my seat unbenounced on more than one occasion, also will have to find a way to remove the finger indentations from the arms of my chair. So when in doubt see for yourself, quite scary.......ENJOY!

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