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Gorô Inagaki ...
Toshiya Saga
Miho Kanno ...
Yuka Irie
Takeshi Masu ...
Jissoji
Ken Utsui ...
Sakurai
Yuki Watanabe ...
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Shigemitsu Ogi ...
Kuraishi
Kenta Satoi
Noborou Shirai
Tadao Nakamura
Katsumi Takahashi
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Yûko Andô
Masahiro Kômoto
Tadao Nakamaru
Albert Smith ...
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Takashi Ukaji
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Three apparently unrelated suicides occur on the same day in Tokyo. One involves a young athlete, one a groom at his wedding reception, and the third an elderly man celebrating his wife's birthday. A middle aged detective investigating one of the cases begins to suspect a connection between the three when he discovers that each person mentioned a "green monkey" before they died. With the help of a young psychiatrist he formulates the theory that hypnosis is somehow involved. In the mean time other bizarre "suicides" are reported and the mystery intensifies. Who will be next? What is the truth? Can more deaths be prevented? Written by Infofreak

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A frightening, night-marish horror flick involving the supernatural!
14 January 2002 | by (Adelaide, South Australia) – See all my reviews

When I saw this movie, which was only last night, I was bored with it. However, it wasn't until Yuka, the possessed young girl, came on screen when I suddenly got a little weary.

Then, there follows a rather horrific line of suicides, each one more gory than the previous one.

Saga, a young Japanese man, and an old detective, lonely since his wife divorced him a few years before, turn out to investigate the strange case, and holds young Yuka as a suspect.

A very bad mistake.

From there, it's just nearly two hours of hair-rising, suspenseful fear. Sometimes Yuka's behavior would change; for example, if she was feeling lost and was dangerously depressed (this poor girl was "abused all her life and never loved", one character remarked), she would suddenly stand straight, eyes wide open, and say: "I... am... a... friendly... alien... I... have... no... intention... of.. hurting... you".

To tell the truth, this scene was supposed to be tense and suspenseful. But it got a laugh from me, since I am indeed a young teenager and was more into black comedy than horror, but later it scared me.

Yuka says (or I think it was someone else) that she is "chased" by THE GREEN MONKEY (some sort of alien, I do not know. Or maybe a ghost. This is never explained at all in the movie, not even at the end).

Is this all just an act? Or is there really supernatural events happening? Who knows? What really happens is never fully explained at all in this movie, only about 10% of it is explained, equally matched with the disturbing climax.

In spite of its unpopularity and lack of profanity (actually, this movie contain no swear words -- not even the "f" word or "s" word or even Damn! That is just so cool!), I give this movie a 10/10. Bravo, well done!


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