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Scarecrow (2001)
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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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Slow, but sensitive
7 November 2002 | by (Wiltshire, UK) – See all my reviews

I haven't read the Kakashi manga by Junji Ito that this movie is based on, but I've never known Ito to put a foot wrong yet. I've read a lot of fairly awful reviews of this film - slow, boring etc. - but I kind of have to disagree with them. Yes, Kakashi is a slow-paced film, not much in the way of horror... but it does work very well as a kind of weird drama, although some of the scarecrow scenes are a little... silly, perhaps?

The cinematography is lovely, the story is sensitively handled, and the soundtrack is beautiful... and Kou Shibasaki is even more evil than her role as Mitsuko in Battle Royale ;)

I enjoyed it a lot and I'd definitely recommend it, but more on a drama basis than a horror - it's really not very scary IMHO, compared to some other Japanese films.


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