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Credited cast:
Yui Natsukawa ...
Hinako Myoujin
Michitaka Tsutsui ...
Fumiya Akizawa
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Sayori Hiura
Toshie Negishi ...
Teruko Hiura (Sayori's mother)
Ren Ôsugi ...
Yasutaka Hiura (Sayori's father)
Makoto Satô ...
Sendo
Tarô Suwa ...
Oda
Tomoko Ôtakara ...
Yukari Asakawa
Hazuki Kôzu ...
Chizuko Oono
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Shino Kaneko
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Years after moving to Tokyo with her parents, Hinako returns to her hometown in rural Shikoku. She soon learns that her childhood friend, Sayuri, died several years ago and that Sayuri's mother, who used to perform seances and exorcisms, has gone almost insane with grief. After seeing Sayuri's ghost several times during the night, Hinako consults with some local experts on the paranormal and discovers that Sayuri's mother has something planned for her daughter... Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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12 June 1999 (Taiwan)  »

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Shikoku - Rückkehr zur Insel der Toten  »

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The title is a play on words. In Japanese, depending on which kanji is used, "shikoku" can mean "four countries" (which is the name of the island where the movie is set) or it can mean "land of the dead." See more »

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Derivative and bland, watch something else
24 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

This quasi J-horror film followed a young woman as she returns to her childhood village on the island of Shikoku to sell the family house and meet up with old friends. She finds that one, the daughter of the village priestess, drowned several years earlier. She and Fumiko (another childhood friend) then learn that Sayori's mother is trying to bring her back to life with black magic. Already the bonds between the dead and living are getting weak and the friends and villagers are seeing ghosts. Nothing was exceptional or even very good about this movie. Unlike stellar J-horror films, the suspense doesn't really build, the result doesn't seem overly threatening and the ending borders on the absurd.

This movie is like plain white rice cooked a little too long so that it is bordering on mushy. Sometimes you get this at poor Asian restaurants or cook your own white rice a little too long. You end up eating it, because you need it with the meal, because what is Chinese or Japanese food without rice, but it almost ruins the meal because of the gluey, gooey tastelessness of it all. 3/10 http://blog.myspace.com/locoformovies


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