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Shutter (2008)

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A newly married couple discovers disturbing, ghostly images in photographs they develop after a tragic accident. Fearing the manifestations may be connected, they investigate and learn that some mysteries are better left unsolved.

Director:

Masayuki Ochiai

Writer:

Luke Dawson (screenplay) (as Luke Dawson)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joshua Jackson ... Ben
Rachael Taylor ... Jane
Megumi Okina ... Megumi
David Denman ... Bruno
John Hensley ... Adam
Maya Hazen ... Seiko
James Kyson ... Ritsuo (as James Kyson Lee)
Yoshiko Miyazaki ... Akiko
Kei Yamamoto Kei Yamamoto ... Murase
Daisy Betts ... Natasha
Adrienne Pickering ... Megan
Pascal Morineau Pascal Morineau ... Wedding Photographer
Masaki Ota Masaki Ota ... Police Officer
Heideru Tatsuo Heideru Tatsuo ... Police Officer
Eri Otoguro ... Yoko
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Storyline

A newlywed couple Ben and Jane move to Japan for a promising job opportunity - a fashion shoot in Tokyo. During their trip on a dark forest road they experience a tragic car accident, leading to the death of a young local girl. Upon regaining consciousness, they find no trace of her body. A bit distraught the couple arrives in Tokyo to begin their new life. Meanwhile Ben begins noticing strange white blurs in many of his fashion shoot photographs. Jane believes that the blurs are actually spirit photography of the dead girl who they hit on the road, and that she may be seeking vengeance. Written by Brian Corder

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The most terrifying images are the ones that are real. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for terror, disturbing images, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

21 March 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Okidač See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,447,559, 23 March 2008

Gross USA:

$25,928,550

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$47,879,410
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Shutter is unique in the fact that it is the first western remake of an Asian horror film to be a remake of a Thai horror film instead of a Japanese horror film as most of the remakes that came after The Ring (2002) were Japanese remakes. The Eye (2008), which came out a few months prior, was also one of the first being a remake of a Chinese horror film. See more »

Goofs

(at around 14 mins) While in the honeymoon cabin, the camera Ben is using is clearly a medium format camera. Later however, when they are looking at the pictures Seiko dropped off, the negatives attached to the envelope are 35mm negatives. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ben: Um, so, anyway... thank you all so much for being here and... uh, let's eat some cake!
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Connections

Remake of Shutter (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh Joey
Written by Ali Dee (as Ali Theodore) and Joey Katsaros (as Joseph Katsaros)
Performed by Lucky 13
Courtesy of DeeTown Entertainment
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User Reviews

 
PG13 rating says it all
2 December 2008 | by valleyjohnSee all my reviews

Why do i do it? I keep complaining about these Asian remakes yet i keep watching them . Maybe i do it so you don't have to , maybe it's because I'm sadistic or maybe I'm just waiting for there to be one that's any good? Whatever the reason one thing that i know is true is that Shutter is worst i have seen yet.

For photographer Ben and his new wife Jane , his new assignment -- a lucrative fashion shoot in Tokyo -- was supposed to be a kind of working honeymoon. Ben and Jane arrive in Japan. But as they make their way on a mountain road leading to Mt. Fuji, their new life together comes to, literally, a crashing halt. Their car smashes into a woman standing in the middle of the road, who has materialised out of nowhere. Upon regaining consciousness after the accident, but they cannot find any trace of the girl .

Shaken by the accident and by the girl's disappearance, they arrive in Tokyo, where Ben begins his glamorous assignment. Having worked in Japan before and fluent in the language, Ben is comfortable there, and he eagerly reunites with old friends and colleagues. Jane feels very much like a stranger in a strange land as she makes tentative, unsettling forays through the city.

Ben, meanwhile, has discovered mysterious white blurs , evocative of a human form , that have materialised on an entire day's work from the expensive photo shoot. Jane's concerns escalate as she believes the blurs in Ben's photos are the dead girl from the road, who is now seeking vengeance for them leaving her to die...

Without watching Shutter you already know the format. Spirits that have pasty faces and fail to recognise the value of the slogan "rest in peace. Shutter is also another "ghost in the machine" story, except this time the machine is a camera.

The trouble is there is absolutely nothing scary about this movie . There is plenty of bangs and crashes and you are bombarded with noise but nothing at all visual that would remotely send a chill down the spine. There is one scene that i liked where the screen went black every few seconds as to imitate the flash of a camera but that is all i cant think of that i can say is good about this film.

The acting is irrelevant because the film is so dull . Fans of The American Office and Heroes might recognise a couple of the cast.

This is the first Asian remake i have seen that hails from from Thailand but it is still the same old dross that has been dished up over the last couple of years . Director Masayuki Ochiai has failed miserably to achieve anything worth while and it's a film that will fade from the memory very fast indeed.

The PG-13 rating says it all, while opening the gates to bored teenagers it will turn hardcore horror aficionados in the other direction.

I don't know about you but i want my Horror movies to be 18 rated and nothing less.

3 out of 10


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