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Inju, la BÍte dans l'Ombre (Inju: The Beast in the Shadow) Reviews

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March 15, 2015
Not bad. I guessed the twist half way through, though.
Half Japanese language, half french. Quite an unusual mix. The scenes of Japan were lovely.
June 14, 2012
The first half of the film does a great job of intriguing the watcher but the second half and the ending completely lets down. Hence, 2 stars out of 5.
March 8, 2012
Great japanese-french thriller with an interesting story with transgressive sex,violence,..Its kinda B-movie thriller mixed with japanese Nagisha Osima:In the realm of senses.
½ September 8, 2010
2 Stars out of 4

From the past French films I?ve seen like last years Le DeuxiŤme Souffle, it has become apparent that the French do have trouble capturing the Crime genre or at least finishing it in a satisfying way. With Inju The Beast in the Shadow, it has a terrific-suspenseful plot line. It is about a French writer that travels to Japan to learn about his rival author Shenai Oe, a man who has never shown his face, except for sketch of himself on the back of each novel he publishes. This man is known to have a perverse mind and could be hostile. Oe starts to threaten the French writer and strange events occur from there. However, somewhere along the way Inju just loses its momentum, despite it being quite entertaining.

Barbet Schroeder who made the well-respected Terror?s Advocate which was shown at TIFF 07 last year, can definitely direct a film professionally and with a lot of thrills. And yes, Inju is quite entertaining. The beginning is deceiving, but from there, in terms of plot, it falls apart. You are acquainted with a Geisha haunted by her past and a TV host who guides the writer through the windy roads of Japan, and there is a Yakuza-related businessman who is way over the top and tasteless for this type of genre.

Despite this, the way Schroeder conveys each character and their motives is perplexing is underwhelming, cornering Inju into a little hole, giving it no choice but to be devoured by the beast in front of it: predictability.

It is well-shot, especially the scenes with the Geisha dancers and unusual dreams the French writer has that really don?t contribute a lot to the plot, but are still quite thrilling. In a nutshell, Inju is like a building with a beautiful interior, and a disorganized exterior.

Or in the film?s context, it?s a book with a great cover, but with descriptions that would make a reader raise an eyebrow or two. Inju is a noble attempt at a raunchy, sexual, mysterious thriller about deceit and murder (there: I?ve probably already spoiled the plot in that one line) but it delivers on entertainment value. Whether Schroeder wanted to make a film that is profound in plot development or just for the pleasure value of seeing a B- mystery flick is definitely a question in the shadow.
½ June 21, 2010
byŇ?by lepszy gdyby nie byŇ? taki przewidywalny i kliszowaty, a szkoda bo lubiń? takie historiń?.
½ February 28, 2010
Japanese crime novels are odd. Japanese-French thriller is just plain weird. Quite kinky though.
½ February 6, 2010
It was alright but weird boring Japanese thriller. Some scenes were confusing also i found it awful to watch a woman licking a man's toes part of sex fetishes. Came with a twisted ending however just a one-time watch.
December 22, 2009
Dommage, on aurait aime adorer ce film de Barbet Schroeder, un des cineastes les plus proteiformes de notre epoque, capable de passer en un rien de temps du docu politique francais a la production hollywoodienne.
Dans ce thriller, la 1ere heure est vraiment passionnante. On est a la fois emu et apeure devant l'immensite et l'extreme raffinement de cette culture japonaise ancestrale.
Les personnages sont bien en place (sublime Lika Minamoto, a quand la suite?), l'image est tres belle, et on peut dire que cette histoire met tres vite le spectateur mal a l'aise comme il faut.
Malheureusement, une fois ce cadre defini, la 2eme partie du film se concentre sur la resolution de l'intrigue, ultra previsible, et du coup tout ca devient bien mois interessant.
Quoi qu'il en soit, pour ceux qui voudraient decouvrir le travail de Barbet Schroeder, je ne saurais trop vous recommander la vision de l'Avocat de la Terreur, fantastique document sur Maitre Verges, et de la Vierge des Tueurs, film poignant et magnifique a Medellin.
November 27, 2009
Nice even if the acting could have been better... And you can guess half the end...
½ November 5, 2009
Mitige, un bon thriller servi par une interpretation generale des plus douteuses.
½ October 29, 2009
Barbet Schroeder gelingt es leider nicht, sich gegen√ľber dem eher uninteresanten (und durchsichtigen) Thrillerplot zu behaupten.
October 23, 2009
une belle grosse merde, magimel y croit pas il joue mal, le scenario est previsible... bref un gros navet!
½ October 11, 2009
Japanese's strangeness, quirks & kinkiness just captivate.
½ October 11, 2009
Japanese's strangeness, quirks & kinkiness just captivate.
½ March 29, 2009
Strange enough, delicate enough, interesting enough. A weird story about naivety; sometimes is better not to want to help. Lika Minamoto as Tamao is breathtaking; I almost booked the ticket for a trip to Asia :-).
½ March 17, 2009
Magimel ou le pire acteur du monde.
March 17, 2009
Magimel manque tant de persuasion que de carisme pour ce role. Le film quand a lui un tantinet previsible souffre d'une carrence en noirceur et n'est pas assez acces sur la peur de l'etrange.
March 9, 2009
Flojucha. Con un inicio prometedor pero se va desinflando a pasos forzados. Final casi previsible y una actuación principal pobre. Ritmo soporifero.
February 28, 2009
L'unique moment ou ce thriller parvient a susciter un leger frisson, c'est a son terme, quand on songe a ce qu'il aurait pu etre sans cette volonte incomprehensible de le faire concourir au titre de pire navet de l'annee. Le pire, c'est que le fond etait suffisamment solide pour qu'il en sorte quelque chose de potentiellement interessant. La depiction du Japon est egalement soignee et dote le film d'un certain interet visuel. Mais l'idee, c'est qu'a chaque fois qu'il existait une possibilite de foirer un truc, Barbet Schroeder a saute dedans a pieds joints : transitions minables, montage de manchot, personnages superficiellement esquisses, scenes erotiques SM piteuses, complexification de l'intrigue superflue, absence totale de suspense, denouement qui devient previsible des la moitie du film. Et Benoit Magimel. Apres ce desastre, enfermer ce garcon dans un cube de beton et l'immerger au fond de la Fosse des Mariannes serait sans doute un des plus grands services qui soient a rendre au cinema francais. Jamais vu un acteur se foutre de son role de facon aussi ostentatoire...!
February 28, 2009
Insipide! Une vision probablement trop francophone du Japon. Un thriller qui n'arrive pas à la cheville du suspens coréen ou japonais!
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