Dopperugengâ   2003   Japan Doppelganger
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Director:Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Studio:Tartan Video
Writer:Ken Furusawa, Kiyoshi Kurosawa
IMDb Rating:6.6 (699 votes)
Awards:2 wins
Genre:Drama, Horror
Duration:107 min
Kiyoshi Kurosawa  ...  (Director)
Ken Furusawa, Kiyoshi Kurosawa  ...  (Writer)
Kôji Yakusho  ...  Michio Hayasaki
Hiromi Nagasaku  ...  Nagai Yuka
Yusuke Santamaria  ...  Kimishima
Masahiro Toda  ...  Aoki
Hitomi Sato  ...  Takano
Noriyuki Mizuguchi  ...  Cinematographer
Yûsuke Santamaria  ...  Kimishima
Hitomi Satô  ...  Takano
Akira Emoto  ...  
Comments: Often, I find films that play on some grand metaphor to be more fun to think about than they are to sit through. Such was the case with Doppleganger for me. In typical Kurosawa fashion there is a sense of dread that lingers throughout the film but once it gets going it plays more like a comedy caper than a drama, and this is not a horror movie by any stretch of the imagination. But it's also not a very funny movie either except in a weird sort of way--in a Kurosawa sort of way. It's not a bad film and it does have a satisfactorily meaningful resolve but I was kind of annoyed with the lead character yelling at his Doppleganger all the time so I grew impatient waiting for that resolve. YMMV

Summary: What would you do if you ran into your perfect double - somebody who looks exactly like you? That is the starting point for this supernatural thriller that explores the duality of nature. Shortly after being told that if you encounter your exact counterpart, your "doppelganger", you will die, meek scientist Hayasaki Michio comes face to face with his own. At first, he is able to ignore him, but the doppelganger becomes more and more insistent until he has no choice but to deal with him. Acclaimed director Kurosawa brings us a dazzling film about the conflict that arises when we cannot come to terms with both sides of our personality.

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