Full Synopsis For Tsukamoto's NIGHTMARE DETECTIVE 2!

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[The accompanying still obviously lifted from the first Nightmare Detective film, not the second. If you've seen the film you know why this is obvious. If you have not seen the film then you are a very silly person and should correct this oversight immediately.]

For a hotly anticipated film, the sequel to a very successful international hit from a notorious cult film maker - Japanese production house Movie Eye Entertainment have kept a very tight lid on all things Nightmare Detective 2 thus far. The film is deep into post production right now and should be fully complete by mid April but there have been, as yet, no images released, no trailers, no nothing. I'm told that the first materials will be on the scene at the upcoming Hong Kong Filmart - from whence I shall be sure to send them back for you all - but in the mean time we have just been passed the official synopsis for this latest effort from Shinya Tsukamoto. You'll find it after the break!


The second film in the Nightmare Detective series again features the other-worldly, dark hero, Kyoichi Kagenuma, who is cursed with the ability to enter a client’s nightmares. The surreal, unique vision of director Shinya Tsukamoto once again warps cinematic reality to breaking point and takes us into a nightmare realm where nothing can be taken for granted.

Kyoichi Kagenuma, the Nightmare Detective is a man cursed with the ability to enter someone else’s dreams. Yukie, a 15 year old high-school student is plagued by nightmares about a classmate and approaches Kagenuma to ask him to enter her mind and cure her of her bad dreams. Kyoichi tells her that it is too risky to enter someone’s dreams and that he has quit being a Nightmare Detective. But Yukie insists that she will die if she goes to sleep, and will not leave his side. She refuses to listen to Kyoichi and begins to explain what happened to cause her nightmares:

The whole thing started out as a prank. Yukie and her friends, Mutsumi and Akiko locked their classmate Kikukawa in an equipment room in the gym, to scare her. Though they let her out in the end, Kikukawa stopped coming to school the following day. Yukie began to have nightmares about Kikukawa. In the dream Kikukawa stood with her back to Yukie and her friends in a huge gymnasium, her hands shaking uncontrollably and exuding a nightmare menace. Yukie wanted to leave, but the only way out was past Kikukawa. Kikukawa ran towards her, suddenly turned around, and threw a cup of water at Yukie, which landed on her friend Mutsumi. When Yukie woke up in class she found that Mutsumi had died of a heart attack.

A few days after her death, Yukie has the same dream, but this time, it is her other friend, Akiko who gets the water thrown at her, and the following day, she too dies an unnatural death. Yukie is convinced that she will be the next to die. Shaking with fear, and fighting the urge to sleep, Yukie begs Kyoichi to help her. When he hears her story, he realizes that Kikukawa’s behavior reminds him of his own mother who was scared of everything and eventually committed suicide. Thinking that he may be able to get a step closer to the mystery of his mother’s death, he enters Yukie’s nightmares, to confront the very nature of fear itself.

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OldboyMarch 5, 2008 3:01 AM

nice! Just watched the first one this past weekend and enjoyed it quite a bit. Looking forward to checking out the sequel.

Simon AbramsMarch 5, 2008 3:43 AM

I rewatched the first one a few weekends ago and it's really one of his weakest efforts, or at least his weakest commercial film (I like both "Gemini" and "Hiruko the Goblin" more). There's some really neat concept work there but sometimes it's pretty clear that Tsukamoto has got no clue how to stretch the concept further without repeating himself and winds up stepping on his toes with some clumsy dialogue and repetitive visuals. I wasn't bothered so much by the plot's formula though. It's a decent film and I am curious to see what he can do with a sequel.

kinkybobMarch 5, 2008 5:10 AM

I can't wait to see this! I loved the first movie (even though I was mentally telling myself "How darkly trippy!"). Just reading that the long awaited (on my part) sequel to Nightmare Detective is releasing (in Asia, I bet) in late April, maybe even May, makes me want to watch the first again and again... as if I haven't already seen it 3,548,179 times :). Thanks for the fabulous updates as usual.