Angel Dust (1994)

Genres - Mystery, Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Thriller  |   Run Time - 117 min.  |   Countries - Japan  |  
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The technical achievements in this gripping Japanese psycho-thriller are as fascinating as the story itself. Tokyo is in a panic after a series of young women are found murdered on the subways. What is most disturbing is that all of the women are killed at precisely the same peak hour on Monday. To help solve the case, the police call in Setsuko, a police shrink who specializes in the mental disorders of criminals, to join their team. Her investigations direct her to her former lover and peer, the radical Aku, who has become the prime suspect. Aku was known for his effective techniques for helping people brainwashed by religious cults. Aku is an expert at manipulative mind-games and he saves his best techniques for Setsuko. But is Aku guilty, or is someone else behind the crime? The plot takes many unexpected turns as it nears the mystery's surprising solution.

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brainwashing, craziness, killing, love, murder, serial-killer