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Director:
Writers:
Junji Ito (manga)
Kengo Kaji (supervising screenwriter)
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Release Date:
11 February 2000 (Japan) See more »
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Plot:
The inhabitants of a small Japanese town become increasingly obsessed with and tormented by spirals. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
seriously creepy See more (83 total) »

Cast

  (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
Higuchinsky 
 
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
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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Additional Details

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

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Trivia:
The movie was filmed before the manga had completed its run, and reveals a different ending and origins storyline than that featured in the manga.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Suicide Club (2001)See more »
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28 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
seriously creepy, 15 August 2004
Author: ShimmySnail from Albuquerque, USA

A town in Japan is being taken over by a horribly brutal abstract shape: the spiral. It's becoming a theme in everything from animals to clouds to people and twisting them, mentally and literally. This film shows it happening to several groups of people. Some demonic possession is implied, but nothing is entirely sure except that the best bet is to get the heck out of dodge. The film progresses really well from normal life to abnormal phenomena (giant snails and crazy people) to the truly supernatural (walking dead).

As a jaded American horror movie fan, this was just what I needed. Maybe it was just the novelty of a different culture's film, but it seemed to have a very original progression, set of characters, and the premise was definitely new. The Japanese may think "horror shapes" (uzumaki means "spiral," I'm told) are old by now, but it was nice for me because I'm used to monster/alien/virus/disaster/undead films. In an American movie, you know who's going to die (the annoying/nasty/lascivious/racist characters) and who will live (the children/heroine/dogs/cats/nice guy). That's not true in Japanese horror. It was not predictable how they would fight the evil or how it would end up. Also, it had this really new (but probably typically Japanese) color leached Pacific Northwest style cloudy day thing going, which was a fresh visual effect for me. The horrific moments were seriously creepy, relying on a little gore but mainly just impossibly overdone facial expressions (think The Ring) and body manipulations. This should be one of the greats, up there with once-original ideas like the first Nightmare on Elm Street or Night of the Living Dead.

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