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Spiral (2000)

Uzumaki (original title)
The inhabitants of a small Japanese town become increasingly obsessed with and tormented by spirals.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Kirie Goshima
Fhi Fan ...
Shuichi Saito
Hinako Saeki ...
Kyoko Sekino
Eun-Kyung Shin ...
Chie Marayama
Keiko Takahashi ...
Yukie Saito
Ren Ohsugi ...
Toshio Saito (as Ren Ôsugi)
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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11 February 2000 (Japan)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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6 and 9, being nearly spiral numbers, can be seen on several occasions: e.g. on the license plate of the reporter's car, as room number in the hospital, as a date in a video recording at the end of the movie etc. See more »

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Simply superb
19 May 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I happen to have read all of Junji Ito's English released manga. I watched the Tomie film and it was a big steaming pile of turd. THANKFULLY Uzumaki actually does justice to the manga. I think those who have read the manga will really appreciate this film more, as many screenshots and camera angles are exactly like in the manga and it is interesting to see how the book characters are played in the film. This film reminds me of eerie indiana. The ending differs to the manga, which I was expecting. Kirie looks like her manga counterpart, and her male friend suits the whole very well. Very creepy I have to admit, this film feels like a feverish nightmare, the kind you have when you were a kid. Not really scary at all, but freaky, if you get my drift? Another great horror from Japan, get yourself a copy.


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