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The search for her vanished brother Tsuyoshi leads Kaoru to the lonesome village Kozukata in the Japanese back-land. The locals react repelling to her, which the exception of the Chinese ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Maho Nonami ...
Kaoru Yoshikawa
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Izumi Miyamori (as Kô Shibasaki)
Grace Yip ...
Sari Chen (as Gurêsu Ippu)
Yoshiki Arizono ...
Shûsaku Noji
Mizuho Igarashi ...
Ayumi Noji
Yôji Tanaka ...
Junsa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kenzô Kawarasaki ...
Kôzô Miyamori
Yukimi Koyanagi ...
Kanri-nin
Lily ...
Yukie Miyamori
Shunsuke Matsuoka ...
Tsuyoshi Yoshikawa
Yoshiyuki Morishita ...
Mura-bito
Tomoko Ogawa ...
Villager
Bob Suzuki ...
Shûri-kô
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The search for her vanished brother Tsuyoshi leads Kaoru to the lonesome village Kozukata in the Japanese back-land. The locals react repelling to her, which the exception of the Chinese girl Sally. As her car breaks down Kaoru is trapped in the village; will she have to repay for something she has done in the past? Written by Moritz Muehlenhoff <jmm@inutil.org>

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Creepy, but let down by a limp ending.
24 January 2002 | by (Isle of Man, British Isles) – See all my reviews

Effectively creepy Japanese horror, about a young girl searching for her lost brother. She follows his trail to a mysterious village, where the occupants are readying scarecrows – or kakashi – for a rural festival. Naturally the villagers and the kakashi are not as they seem.

Disappointingly, the ending of the film is a bit of a damp squib. Performances are also uninspiring; Nonami Maho is very pretty but seems unable to bring her character to life. Shibasaki Kou is terrific, but she doesn't get much in the way of screen time. Chinese cutie Grace Ip guests for some reason, which is very welcome, but her inclusion seems tacked on and unnecessary.

That said, there are some genuinely eerie moments during the film's opening hour or so, which put me in mind of the Wicker Man a few times. It's not a waste of time, by any means, but Kakashi could have been a whole lot better.


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