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Genre: Drama
Starring: Takeshi Kaneshiro , Manami Konishi, Sumiko Fuji, Ken Mitsuishi, Takuya Ishida, Jun Murakami, Erika Okuda, Mitsuru Fukikoshi
Director: Masaya Kekehi
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2008



- Trailers
- Takeshi Kaneshiro Interview
- Behind-the-Scenes
- Photo Gallery



Languages: Japanese/Mandarin
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 1 hr 53 mins
Region Code: NTSC 3
Distributor: InnoF
orm Media




Chiba is a Grim Reaper. He always appears seven days before a person dies an unexpected death. His job is to observe the person for seven days and then decide either to 'execute' or 'pass over' the death. He enjoys going to the listening booth of a CD shop and indulges in his favourite pastime; listening to music.

Today, again in the rain he waits for his new subject, Kazue Fujiki, age 27. She works in the complaints department of a manufacturing company. Exhasuted after her day, she emerges from her office and then encountering Chiba for the first time...


Death never looks so good that is if it comes in the form of Asia’s most bankable star, Takeshi Kaneshiro. Takeshi plays Chiba, a grim reaper whose job is to determine a person’s final fate if he or she is 'chosen' to die after seven days. To proceed or pass over?

If the Hollywood version of the Grim Reaper, "Meet Joe Black" puts you off, fret not because "Accuracy of Death" never actually feels so draggy and grim despite the subject title. As ironic as it sounds, this screen adaptation of a best-selling Japanese novel is a light-heartened take on the subject of 'Death' and 'Life'. Most probably, it’s due to Takeshi’s charming portrayal of Chiba.

While waiting for his subject, Chiba’s favourite pastime is listening to music at CD shops, according to him its humanity’s greatest invention. The man who started his career as a pop singer and dabbling in forgettable comedic roles has proven his acting chops over the years in notable productions such as Zhang Yimou’s "House of Flying Daggers" and Peter Chan’s "Perhaps Love" is right at ease as the charismatic, slightly goofy grim reaper. Be it a simple scene of him swinging to contemporary music or his exaggeration depiction of a small-time gangster, Takeshi seems to nail them on the spot.

And did I mention the story is neatly spilt into three somehow unrelated stories? Whenever Chiba and his faithful companion or should I say working partner, a black Labrador opens a door to our world, its time for them to handle a new subject. If "Accuracy of Death" is trying to spread a message to us, perhaps it’s a subtle warning that we should not take our life for granted. A purpose in life does make a lot of difference.

Beautifully shot with plenty of artificial created rain sequences and a nice decent theme song that will spin in your head for days, "Accuracy of Death" is definitely something refreshing coming out from the land of the rising sun.

Chiba’s favourite line in the movie: "What do you think about death?" Simply intriguing and thoughtful.

Thus after all the things I have said, you want to proceed or pass over "Accuracy of Death"?


This Code 3 DVD contains the original trailers, a photo gallery, a 10 minutes interview session with Takeshi Kaneshiro (with English subtitles) and sadly, a short 5 minutes behind-the-scenes featurette. We want more.


The audio is presented in Dolby Digital but since this is not a big bang boom movie, the serene music score accompanying the dialogue is soothing to the ears. It comes with an alternative Mandarin track but pity Takeshi never dubbed it himself. There are some artifacts spotted along the way but nothing too serious to mar your viewing pleasure. 



Review by Linus Tee



. Accuracy of Death (Movie Review)

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