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Don't Look Up (1996)

Joyû-rei (original title)
Unrated | | Fantasy, Horror | 2 March 1996 (Japan)
A filmmaker and crew slowly go insane after being continually haunted by the ghost of a dead actress.

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Yûrei Yanagi ...
Toshio Murai / the director
Yasuyo Shirashima ...
Hitomi Kurokawa / the seasoned actress
Kei Ishibashi ...
Saori Murakami / the debuting actress
Ren Ôsugi ...
Ootani / the cinematographer
Takanori Higuchi ...
Masaru Hayama (as Takanori Kikuchi)
SABU ...
Sekikawa (as Sabu)
Reita Serizawa ...
Sadaoka
Akira Hibino ...
Actor in the 1971 TV film footage
Hirofumi Kobayashi ...
Shigeru Mochizuki / the lead actor
Dan Li ...
Ghost actress
Daisuke Iijima ...
Police detective
Naomi Kojima ...
Actress in the 1971 TV film footage
Katsunori Someya ...
Tomoyasu
Yûken Yoshida ...
Kasuya
Toshie Negishi ...
Tokiko Tsutsumi / Hitomi's agent
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A filmmaker and crew slowly go insane after being continually haunted by the ghost of a dead actress.

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Precursor to RINGU
7 August 2003 | by (Lawrence, KS) – See all my reviews

After watching this film last night on Sundance, I realized that much of Nakata's style was first done in this film. Here we have many of the same elements of the RINGU series, especially the idea of the media being the source of the supernatural. Instead of the cursed videotape, we instead having a haunted studio and strange images appearing on film. In fact, the strange images appearing on film brings immediately the cursed videotape in RINGU to mind. The only thing missing was the obsession to water that runs through Nakata's later films. The final scenes are quite chilling, with a bit of a nod to Murnau, what with the door opening by itself ands the ghost entering the room, reminds me immediatly of

NOSFERATU. A chilling movie that will make think twice about going up to a catwalk.


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