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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.

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Masayuki Ochiai

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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

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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 »

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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:

$25,926,543

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 »

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(at around 3 mins) When Ben and his wife take a picture of themselves in the beginning, the camera is obviously not on. 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 »

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User Reviews

 
A Mediocre Remake
13 September 2008 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In North America, after getting married, the photographer Benjamin Shaw (Joshua Jackson) and his wife Jane (Rachel Taylor) travel to Japan for a job opportunity with Ben's friends Bruno (David Denman) and Adam (John Hensley). While driving on a lonely road in Japan during the night, they have a car accident with Jane hitting a girl first and crashing a tree. When they awake, the police do not find any body and Ben believes that Jane imagined the situation. Later when Ben reveals his latest pictures, he finds some mysterious shadows, while the couple is systematically haunted by the ghost of the girl. Jane investigates and finds that the victim was Ben's former shy and weird girlfriend Megumi Tanaka (Megumi Okina), who worked as translator for Ben. Later Jane discloses deep and hidden secrets about the relationship of Megumi, Ben and his friends Bruno and Adam.

The American version of "Shutter" is a mediocre remake of a great Asian horror movie. Actually it is ridiculous, with the author poorly using the same storyline and transforming a creepy and dark story in another Hollywoodian standard of silliness – shallow screenplay but with beautiful actresses, handsome lead actor and wonderful locations in Japan. If the viewer has never seen the original "Shutter" (2004) (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0440803/), watch it instead. If the viewer has already seen the Thailand's movie, prefer watching it again. It will be better than wasting time watching this terrible remake. My vote is four.

Title (Brazil): "Imagens do Além" ("Images from Beyond")

Note: On 25 February 2012, I saw this film again.


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