Saimin (1999)

Saimin (1999, JAP) C-109m. ** D: Masayuki Ochiai. Starring Goro Inagaki, Miho Kanno, Takeshi Masu, Ken Utsui, Yuki Watanabe. Derivative but quite effective horror thriller about mysterious suicides in contemporary Tokyo, which, as it turns out, have been caused by an elusive hypnotist, who planted a sound inside the victim's minds that causes them to go crazy. An inspector and a psychologist try to track down the person responsible. Interesting film steals too much from movies like SE7EN (1995) and the Japanese hit CURE/KYUA (1997), but has an exciting finale. Based on a novel by Keisuke Matsuoka. English titles: HYPNOSIS, and THE HYPNOTIST.


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