邻人13号原名：隣人13号，又名Neighbour No. 13
孤僻的青年村崎十三（小栗旬 饰）少年时代饱受同班同学赤井欺侮，在极度的痛苦与憎恨之中，他的体内逐渐分裂出另一个残暴无情的人格——13号（中村狮童 饰）。 村崎辗转搬到了赤井（新井浩文 饰）所在的公寓，与之为邻，并在赤井所在的建筑队工作。当过暴走族的赤井如今有了一个幸福的小家，不过暴躁的性格从不曾改变。他早已忘记了当年的受气包村崎，在工地中依然对他百般欺负。不断的刺激和痛苦的回忆，令恐怖的13号渐渐苏醒，继而展开对仇人及其家人的疯狂报复……
《邻人13号》改编自井上三太原作的同名漫画外表正直善良的青年村崎十叁，因小学时代被同学欺负，而生出另一个凶残的人格－13号。10年后，为了向当时曾欺负他的赤井Toru报复，他搬到赤井居住的大厦，并加入赤井工作的公司。I'm happy to have caught this one at the International Rotterdam film festival 2005 a few months ago. I actually enjoyed myself very much. It was a special screening which the director joined and introduced with a nice little speech. He basically said that a lot of film festivals rejected it because of its harsh violence and that Rotterdam is the first to be open to it. In other words; I was in for a big treat.
All in all, the movie isn't overtly violent. However, that doesn't take away that it's very good debut of the director, not to mention a good adaptation of a manga. It's a nice slow paced psychological movie that toys with the troubles of a man who has suffered a lot in his younger years and is now living with the after effects. It's a very dark movie with horror and drama elements about a young man being tormented and teased most of his younger school years. Years later, he has taken refuge in his little house where he has bad dreams, fantasies and is alone a lot. Then he gets a new job at a construction site and some new neighbors: turns out that the man of the family moving is his new employer and is fact, the same guy who used to make his life miserable. To make it short, it's payback time, but not a Kill Bill, Sin City type payback with slashing, one-liners and lots of action (which is also good btw), but a more slow-paced and build-up, tensed, psychological and slow payback. This approach proves to be very effective for the themes the movies tries to flow along: teen abuse, trauma, social pressure. The movie turns out to be an interesting study of human behavior and social schizophrenia. btw, The alter ego or second personality of the young guy is one of the scariest mo-fo's ever on screen, mentally but definitely physically, up there with the likes of Freddy Kruger, Hannibal, and whatnot. Horrific? Think of a very very very very scary looking guy you never wanna meet in this life or the next, that has been tormented most of his life and is completely immune to any moral, social of ethical code. It gets pretty horrific from there.After the movie there was a short Q&A session with the director in which we could ask questions. The crowd wasn't too anxious and due to the bad information provided by the organization, half the audience was already gone. Regarding the violence, he thinks that a lot of people rejected the movie not because of the 'goryness' or explicit images of the violence but more because of the type of violence, the effects and motivations of that violence and the effects of it. I couldn't totally see that in the movie: a lot of the violent image are disturbing in a surreal sense, not so much in a shocking sense.
It's a shame that the people who control what we can and cannot see in theaters and festivals are passing up this film, and to be honest, I don't really get it. I can give you 25 other movies which are much more violent. But it probably has to do more with the realness of it all. Either way, I hope that after the release in homeland Japan, second of April, the movie will get more attention and hopefully this hidden gem will get a wider release across the globe.