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Seance (2000)

Kôrei (original title)
A psychic housewife and her husband become burdened with a kidnapped girl who escaped her assailant. Junko will not let her husband call the hospital or the police for purely selfish ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
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Sato
Jun Fubuki ...
Junko Sato
Tsuyoshi Kusanagi ...
Hayasaka
Hikari Ishida ...
Junko's customer
Kitarô ...
Detective
Ittoku Kishibe ...
College professor
Ren Ôsugi ...
Restaurant customer
Shô Aikawa ...
Shinto priest
Daikei Shimizu ...
Tazaki, sound engineer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kazuya Horiguchi
Hajime Inoue
Shiuri Isobe
Michisuke Kashiwaya
Kôji Satô
Masahiro Toda
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A psychic housewife and her husband become burdened with a kidnapped girl who escaped her assailant. Junko will not let her husband call the hospital or the police for purely selfish reasons. The girl dies while still in their house and her ghost begins to haunt not only Junko but also her husband, Sato (Koji Yakusho). Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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Interesting, but...
11 July 2006 | by (us) – See all my reviews

Overall, this movie (and Cure for that matter) is nicely done. With Seance, appropriately, a lot of negative space mise-en-scene was deftly carried out; with Cure, narrative as well as formal (eg spliced split-second frames, abrupt scene cuts etc) ellipses are done well with good editing. I liked the continuity of both the protagonist and the restaurant (albeit from a different shooting angle) through both films. My only problem with it (and Cure) is that sometimes the aesthetics feels contrived, and the understatement/'minimalism' is, ironically, overwrought & cliché. There's no greatness here (in terms of psychological horror/terror, there are much more genius auteurs in both the East and West, eg the 'other' Kurosawa's Rashomon and Polanski's earlier films, to name a few respectively), but it has thought, and is still better than 90% of the sh*t out there.


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