Museum (" Museum")
- 132 mins
- English (subtitles)
Official Selection, Busan International Film Festival 2016
Official Selection, Japan Film Festival Hamburg 2017
Detective Hisashi Sawamura (GINTAMA and TERRAFORMARS’s Shun Oguri, brilliantly cast against type here) is an overworked and oblivious mess, still reeling from the departure of his neglected wife – who deservingly left the detective with their young son in tow. Soon, a wave a grisly murders hits Tokyo, sending him downward-spiralling further. The victims are systematically killed during downpour by a mysterious, frog-headed, trenchcoat-wearing figure, then left behind, posed in grotesque positions – sometimes dismembered beyond recognition. Most disturbingly, clues left on the crime scenes quickly start pointing to the difficulties in Sawamura’s private life, leaving the detective no other option than to go rogue.
After samurai epics and mind-bending sci-fi, Fantasia favourite and blockbuster maestro Keishi Otomo (of the RUROUNI KENSHIN trilogy, and last year’s THE TOP SECRET: MURDER IN MIND) brings his unique big-budget flair to horror-tinged crime fiction. With MUSEUM, based on Ryosuke Tomoe’s 2013 manga “Museum: The Serial Killer Is Laughing in the Rain” (published in French translation by Pika), he delivers his most edge-of-your-seat crowdpleaser yet, a gruesome serial-killer thriller that plays out like a deranged mangaka’s fever dream, in the tradition of David Fincher’s SEVEN – equally replete with elaborate murders, and ever-surprising twists and turns. Needless to say, Otomo’s adaptation is slick as rain, sharp as a knife and tight as a cocked gun, a thrill ride bound to leave you disturbed and entertained in equal measures. Pack a raincoat – this slippery frog isn’t messing around!
- Ariel Esteban Cayer