Purveyor of drip-drip dread in psycho-horrors Ringu and Dark Water, Japanese helmer Hideo Nakata here conjures the same sense of insidious terror in a labyrinthine thriller.
A CEO's trophy wife (Miki Nakatani) is kidnapped by a Tokyo handyman (Masato Hagiwara) who's after 30 million yen and S&M thrills. This, however, is just the start of a fiendishly convoluted power game involving a flurry of double- and triple-crosses, Nakata jumping back and forth in time to reveal unexpected angles. Playing like Vertigo directed by Nicolas Roeg, Chaos' challenging jigsaw structure and slippery sexuality exert a clammy hold that's hard to shake. Catch it now before the De Niro remake is upon us.