THE COMPLEX (2013) Reviews and overview

 

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The Complex (original title: クロユリ団地 Kuroyuri danchi) is a 2013 Japanese horror feature film directed by Hideo Nakata (Ring, Ring 2Dark Water) from a screenplay by Junya Kato and Ryuta Miyake.

Plot:

Asuka (Atsuko Maeda), a young nursing student, moves into an ancient apartment complex with her family. After hearing some scratching noises coming from the apartment next door, Asuka discovers that her elderly neighbor has died from malnutrition. This disturbs her, especially after discovering claw marks on the wall that divides his apartment and her room. Asuka becomes frightened when the scratching doesn’t stop with his death.

Further investigation not only brings about a confrontation with the ghost of her neighbor, but also with the knowledge that the complex has had several mysterious deaths over the years.

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Reviews:

” …impressively structured horror film that is likely to thrill audiences” Screen Daily

“disappointingly cliche-bound return to J-Horror inspires more giggles than shivers.” The Hollywood Reporter

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Release:

The Complex premiered at the Rotterdam Film Festival on January 1, 2013, and was released in Japan on May 18 that same year. A twelve-episode drama, titled Kuroyuri Danchi ~Josho~ follows events leading up to those that take place in the film. It began airing in Japan on April 9, 2013.