Cert 15 Stars 3
There are few shocks and not much to ruffle your feathers in this Tokyo-set psychological thriller.
Oscar winner and Tomb Raider action heroine Alicia Vikander stars alongside Elvis Presley’s granddaughter, Riley Keough, as Westerners whose romantic involvement with a handsome photographer has developed into a missing person inquiry.
A fractured narrative timeline, stilted dialogue and a steadfast refusal to be hurried make for a curiously dislocated yet oddly compelling watch, as the script explores the way women internalise guilt even when exploited and abused.
In its favour it offers a street level view of Japan full of regular people and no hint of exotic geishas, gangsters or mysticism. And as tourists we see some glorious landscapes.
Neither female star is shy when it comes to on screen nudity, and though the film flirts with the underlying erotic tone, it never goes all the way. And there’s no doubt the multi-lingual Vikander has a firm command of the local tongue.