A newly married couple discovers disturbing, ghostly images in photographs they develop after a tragic accident. Fearing the manifestations may be connected, they investigate and learn that some mysteries are better left unsolved.


Masayuki Ochiai


Luke Dawson (screenplay) (as Luke Dawson)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Joshua Jackson ... Ben
Rachael Taylor ... Jane
Megumi Okina ... Megumi
David Denman ... Bruno
John Hensley ... Adam
Maya Hazen ... Seiko
James Kyson ... Ritsuo (as James Kyson Lee)
Yoshiko Miyazaki ... Akiko
Kei Yamamoto Kei Yamamoto ... Murase
Daisy Betts ... Natasha
Adrienne Pickering ... Megan
Pascal Morineau Pascal Morineau ... Wedding Photographer
Masaki Ota Masaki Ota ... Police Officer
Heideru Tatsuo Heideru Tatsuo ... Police Officer
Eri Otoguro ... Yoko


A newlywed couple Ben and Jane move to Japan for a promising job opportunity - a fashion shoot in Tokyo. During their trip on a dark forest road they experience a tragic car accident, leading to the death of a young local girl. Upon regaining consciousness, they find no trace of her body. A bit distraught the couple arrives in Tokyo to begin their new life. Meanwhile Ben begins noticing strange white blurs in many of his fashion shoot photographs. Jane believes that the blurs are actually spirit photography of the dead girl who they hit on the road, and that she may be seeking vengeance. Written by Brian Corder

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The most terrifying images are the ones that are real. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for terror, disturbing images, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Masayuki Ochiai's directorial debut in America. See more »


(at around 17 mins) At one point, Jane says she must call New York, but Ben says it's 3am there, yesterday. This is a mistake. If it was 3am in New York, in Tokyo it would be 4pm in the afternoon on the same day (give or take an hour for differences in daylight savings). See more »


[first lines]
Ben: Um, so, anyway... thank you all so much for being here and... uh, let's eat some cake!
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References Hollow Man (2000) See more »


Written by Leo Canneto and Lisa Donnelly
Performed by A.M. Pacific
Courtesy of DeeTown Entertainment
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Very scary for only being PG-13

Shutter was a pretty decent movie. The movie was pretty predictable. People will probably not like this movie because of the ending. The thing that people need to realize is that when they are going to see a movie like this you know what you are going to get out of it. I hate it when people keep cutting down movies like this, such as One Missed Call and The Eye. In these kind of movies the ending is pretty predictable, its pretty much going to leave you hanging. Thats why I think people need to understand you can't hate a movie because of the ending. I thought that their was so much more to the story than just spirit photography. It explains why its happening to the people that are on their honey moon. It seems like in these kind of movies the story explains a lot more near the end. They kept doing many flash backs in this movie as well. That's when they were explaining the story a lot. This was actually pretty creepy, freightning, and scary all at the same time. It had a ton of sudden pop out right at your face scenes. Im sure that when you see this you will jump many times. I thought that it could have been a little bit better. I liked the idea of having it be two newly married couples that this spirit photography is happening to. I liked how the wife was fighting the ghosts the whole movie. The acting was surprisingly really good I thought. The wife in this played by Rachael Taylor did such a great job playing all the scared parts and emotional parts. Her husband played by Joshua Jackson did a great job as well. Some of the visuals were pretty sweet. They had a lot of nice camera shots of the whole city in Tokyo. After some of the people left the theater I heard them say I want my money back. This movie was trying to prove to you that making fun of people and treating them like crap at a younger age will come back to haunt you. Overall this was a decent movie with some good scares. I would go see this at the cheap show or only pay five dollars.

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Release Date:

21 March 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan


Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,447,559, 23 March 2008

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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