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Junji Ito (manga)
Kengo Kaji (supervising screenwriter)
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Release Date:
11 February 2000 (Japan) See more »
The inhabitants of a small Japanese town become increasingly obsessed with and tormented by spirals. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Eriko Hatsune ... 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
Maki Hamada ... Macky
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tomoo Fukatsu ... Norio Katayama
Akira Matsuda ... Yasuzo Oyama
Chino Mizuki
Takuto Oyama ... Himself
Hassei Takano ... Kazuki Tsumura

Directed by
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Junji Ito  manga
Kengo Kaji  supervising screenwriter
Takao Nitta 
Chika Yasuo 

Produced by
Mitsuru Kurosawa .... executive producer
Sumiji Miyake .... producer
Dai Miyazaki .... producer
Toyoyuki Yokohama .... executive producer
Original Music by
Tetsuro Kashibuchi 
Keiichi Suzuki 
Cinematography by
Gen Kobayashi 
Production Design by
Yûji Hayashida  (as Hiroshi Hayashida)
Sound Department
Hitoshi Tsurumaki .... sound designer
Special Effects by
Tomo'o Haraguchi .... makeup effects
Visual Effects by
Kenichi Kobayashi .... visual effects
Issei Oda .... visual effects
Other crew
Dai Miyazaki .... production planner

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Also Known As:
"Uzumaki" - Japan (original title)
"Vortex" - Hong Kong (English title) (subtitle)
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USA:90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Germany:16 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:18 | South Korea:15 (video rating) | UK:15 | UK:18 (DVD release)

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Some areas of the screen are digitally twisted into a spiral pattern at least five times in the movie (not necessarily in this order): the first time you see the sunset sky, on the top right a bird's eye view of Kirie and Shuichi returning home from school, on the ground to their right to Kirie's left in the bushes when she's walking over to Shuichi's house with a gift a ceiling panel to the right of the stairs in Kirie's house as she walks down at night the end of the hospital hall, dead center.See more »
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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Simply superb, 19 May 2005
Author: ouijaouija from United Kingdom

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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