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Spiral (2000)
"Uzumaki" (original title)

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The inhabitants of a small Japanese town become increasingly obsessed with and tormented by spirals.

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Kirie Goshima
Fhi Fan ...
Shuichi Saito
Hinako Saeki ...
Kyoko Sekino
Eun-Kyung Shin ...
Chie Marayama
Keiko Takahashi ...
Yukie Saito
Ren Ôsugi ...
Toshio Saito
Denden ...
Officer Futada
Masami Horiuchi ...
Reporter Ichiro Tamura
Tarô Suwa ...
Yasuo Goshima
Toru Tezuka ...
Yokota Ikuo
Sadao Abe ...
Mitsuru Yamaguchi
Asumi Miwa ...
Shiho Ishikawa
Saori Nakane ...
Little Kirie
Yasuki Tanaka ...
Little Shuichi
Yuki Murakami ...
Yukky
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In a small town in Japan, Kirie comes upon her boyfriend's father silently videotaping a snail. He seems unaware of her presence and she thinks no more of it. Later, the mans obsession with spirals becomes more and more bizarre, ending in his suicide in a washing machine which turn his body into a spiral. Soon other inhabitants become possesed with different forms of spirals, one student seems to be mutating into a snail, another's hair becomes strangely medusa-like. The entire town becomes possesed. Written by Fred Cabral <ftcabral@hotmail.com>

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(at around 42 mins) A ghostly imprint of Kirie's face appears in the middle of the screen when she walks into Shuichi's house looking for his father, and is the same face as when she's watching his father's grisly video recording. See more »

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The surreal horror sends all spiralling into insanity.
1 April 2010 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

I suppose it would be rather lame and predictable of me to start this review by saying "horror comes in all shapes and sizes" so I'll just have to dig deep, deep down into the recesses of my mind to see if I can find a more inventive way to approach this one.

Nope, I've got nothing.

So . . . . . horror comes in all shapes and sizes. In Uzumaki it is contained within the shape of the spiral, seen everywhere from water patterns to snail shells to whorls on fingertips, etc, etc. Which would not be a terrible thing if it wasn't also driving a whole town slowly mad. Only Kirie (Eriko Hatsune) and Shuichi (Fhi Fan) think they can stop things while everyone else either doesn't realise quite what's going on or simply gets sucked into the madness, like the schoolgirl with the new, spiral hairstyle who enjoys the attention she gets.

It's a strange concept for a horror movie and not, to be honest, a very scary one but Uzumaki works because it makes the most of the spirals around, and inside, us. There's also a great style to the thing and a lot of green-filter work that helps edge the tone from the humorous to the unnerving even when what is being shown verges on the ridiculous.

Hatsune and Fan do well in the lead roles, playing things straight and proving likable enough. Everybody else does just what is asked of them, whether that's walking around slowly while soaked to the skin or going more and more insane in a hospital bed.

Well done to director Higuchinsky for taking such a strange, surreal manga concept and playing it pretty straight, providing an unexpected treat for genre fans.

See this if you like: The Grudge, Dark Water, The Number 23.


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