Yoshioka, an experienced detective, investigates the murder of an unknown woman in a red dress. She was drowned on the Tokyo waterfront, but an autopsy reveals that her stomach is full of seawater. Moreover, all the clues he finds relate to himself: A button found at the murder scene matches one that is missing from his own coat, and fingerprints found match his own. Yoshioka realizes that the only viable suspect is himself; but he doesn't remember a thing.
A ghost in a red dress soon starts appearing to him. As these apparitions become more intense and bizarre, similar murders occur with people killing loved ones for small infractions. All the perpetrators are found by Yoshioka as he searches for clues about the original murder. Eventually the drowned woman is identified. Yoshioka visits her parents, only to find she had a boyfriend who was extorting her parents, who happens to visit the house at the same time. He quickly confesses to the crime.
MAIN CAST OF THE MOVIE RETRIBUTION (2006)
Kōji Yakusho – Noboru Yoshioka
Manami Konishi – Harue Nimura
Riona Hazuki – F18
Tsuyoshi Ihara – Toru Miyaji
Joe Odagiri – Dr. Takagi
Ryo Kase - Sailor
Hiroyuki Hirayama – Young detective Sakurai
Ikuji Nakamura - Shoichi Sakuma
Kaoru Okunuki - Miyuki Yabe
Hironobu Nomura - Seiji Onoda
MORE INFOMATION ABOUT RETRIBUTION (2006)
Adam DiLeo of IGN gave Retribution a mixed review, saying that the films is worth seeing despite it is not on par with Kiyoshi Kurosawa's previous films such as Cure and Bright Future. Derek Elley of Variety praised Kōji Yakusho's performance, saying he "makes an ideal protagonist, one with whom the audience is never quite sure whether it can identify".
As the ghost of the film, is seeking revenge from past events of which every protagonist is apparently responsible, the horror in Retribution has been seen by some as expressing some kind of social illness and collective guilt in our contemporary world.
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