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The Watcher in the Attic
The Watcher in the Attic
Actors: Renji Ishibashi, Junko Miyashita, Aoi Nakajima, Hiroshi Cho, Tokuko Watanabe
Directors: Noboru Tanaka, Tanaka Noboru
Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
UR     2008     1hr 17min

The film is set in 1923 in a cheap Tokyo boarding house. The landlord, Goda, roams through the attic, observing the weird lives of his tenants through holes in the ceiling. One day he sees a prostitute murder one of her cl...  more »

     
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Actors: Renji Ishibashi, Junko Miyashita, Aoi Nakajima, Hiroshi Cho, Tokuko Watanabe
Directors: Noboru Tanaka, Tanaka Noboru
Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Mondo Macabre
Format: DVD - Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 10/28/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/1976
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1976
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 17min
Screens: Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 10
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English
 

Movie Reviews

Watcher in the Attic
Bartok Kinski | Prague | 05/24/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Though this film, Watcher in the Attic, has received a lot of critical lambaste, I was really surprised by how well made it was. First of all, I love Rampo Edogawa novels. I thought his novel "Japanese Tales of Mystery and Imagination" was amazing, plus this is one of the few films where even though his character is the villain of sorts, his character is still sympathetic. In 1923 Tokyo the landlord of a boarding house spys on those dwelling below beneath his roof.

Though almost all of the characters excluding Minako Sayanomiya/Saburo Gouda and the landlord are two dimensional, it doesn't really hamper the film since it works best as a glimpse into the landlord's tortured and torturous life.

If you're a Rampo Edogawa fan, then you immediately need to get this.
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