Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa is known for making fiercely original and creative horror flicks. His new film Retribution is as much a horror film as a commentary on city life. People rarely speak to each other, and when they do, their words are loaded with frustration and misery. That makes Koji Yakusho the perfect star for this film. His face is capable of portraying so many emotions, he hardly needs to open his mouth. In Retribution, he plays Yoshioka, a tormented detective who is summoned to investigate the murder of a woman in a red dress. The victim is found drowned in a shallow pool of muddy water, but her belly is surprisingly full of sea water. More surprising is that all evidence hints at Yoshioka's being the murderer: a button found at the murder scene matches the one missing from a coat he bought earlier, and the fingerprints on the body match his. Questioned by his colleagues and haunted by a vengeful female spirit in a red dress, the detective is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Meanwhile, more people are found dead in pools of sea water that mysteriously pop up across Tokyo as if the sea is seeking revenge against the city. The bleak ending is an extremely disturbing surprise. A fable about a city that has lost its memory, the film delivers a warning to city people about the dangers of ignoring their heritage. The past always comes back to haunt us, and when it does, it returns with a vengeance.