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  (in credits order)
Haruhiko Katô ... Ryosuke Kawashima
Kumiko Asô ... Michi Kudo

Koyuki ... Harue Karasawa
Kurume Arisaka ... Junko Sasano
Masatoshi Matsuo ... Toshio Yabe
Shinji Takeda ... Yoshizaki
Jun Fubuki ... Michi's mother
Shun Sugata ... Boss
Shô Aikawa ... Employee

Kôji Yakusho ... Ship Captain
Kenji Mizuhashi ... Taguchi
Takumi Tanji ... Man with Bag
Hassei Takano ... Student A
Atsushi Yuki ... Student B
Go Takashima ... Student C
Kaori Ichijô ... Girl with Long Hair
Teruo Ono ... Doroningen
Ken Furusawa ... Convenience Store Employee
Akiko Kitamura
Zengoro Mamiana
Rie Yasuda
Masayuki Shionoya ... Ghost

Directed by
Kiyoshi Kurosawa 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kiyoshi Kurosawa 

Produced by
Ken Inoue .... producer
Seiji Okuda .... producer
Shun Shimizu .... producer
Atsuyuki Shimoda .... producer
Yasuyoshi Tokuma .... executive producer
Hiroshi Yamamoto .... producer
Original Music by
Takefumi Haketa 
Cinematography by
Jun'ichirô Hayashi 
Film Editing by
Jun'ichi Kikuchi 
Production Design by
Tomoyuki Maruo 
Makeup Department
Yûichi Matsui .... special makeup effects artist
Art Department
Yoshihisa Kato .... digital art director (as Yoshihisa Katô)
Sound Department
Makio Ika .... sound
Visual Effects by
Shûji Asano .... visual effects supervisor: Links DigiWorks/Rinkusu DejiWâkusu
Masaru Tateishi .... CG director
Masaru Tateishi .... visual effects supervisor
Editorial Department
Gérard Estival .... color timer (uncredited)
Music Department
Cocco .... composer: song "Hane"
Toru Wada .... music producer
Other crew
Takeshi Furusawa .... assistant to director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Mikiko Koyama .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"Kairo" - Japan (original title)
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Rated R for some violent images
118 min | Hong Kong:119 min
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A large number of scenes were shot from windows.See more »
Ghost:Death was... eternal loneliness.See more »
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73 out of 103 people found the following review useful.
Incredibly Creepy and Haunting, 5 November 2002
Author: shark-43 from L.A. CA

This film works on many levels. What's odd is that one place it is weak in is the plot - it does somewhat tie it all up and make sense but my main point is it doesnt really matter - the director set out to make a scary ghost story and that it is! I see horror films from all over the world so I am pretty jaded when it comes to something "scaring" me but this film has many sequences that truly are frightening and disturbing. Some of the images have stayed with me for weeks. The lighting, the art direction and the use of muted colors (aside from reds used effectively)all make up for a creepy, eerie visual. I have to laugh at the arrogance of some of the comments on this and other "horror" films that claim since it didnt scare them the film is NOT SCARY. That is b.s. What scares one person may not scare another. You can say the piece didn't scare you but to make such a sweeping statement is vain. I personally didn't like any of the Friday of 13th movies, but obviously those films work on some level for millions of people. This film is so non-American in it's pace and core that that is what might turn off some viewers, but that's what I loved about it. The director just sets up the camera and keeps it on a space and then has things slowly emerge from the sides - he has you start to look and scope and wonder if you are REALLY seeing something as opposed to the lazy, bloated SHOCK moment of most US horror films. There are moments when people are confronted by visions/images of ghosts that move and terrorize just like real dreams - slow movements, awkward movements as the ghost approaches you. Terrifying. The film definitely doesn't know how to wrap it all up but in many ways, I found this film even scarier than the original RING. Well made ghost story. Seek it out, fans.

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