Kiyoshi Kurosawa • Japan • 2003 • A high-concept thriller from the master filmmaker
Michio Hayasaki is stressed. His job at a medical instrument manufacturing company unfolds like a never ending series of setbacks, exacerbated by the relentless demands of his employer. Returning home from work one day, he is surprised to see a man waiting on his doorstep who looks exactly like him. Fearing he might be descending into madness, Michio Hayasaki consults his twin brother, who assures him there’s no need to worry—the man is simply his doppelganger. Amused, he invites the man inside.
Featuring startling divergent performances from Kōji Yakusho (playing the protagonist, the doppelganger, and his twin), Doppelganger is an entertaining black comedy from Japan.