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Dark Water (2002)
"Honogurai mizu no soko kara" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Horror, Mystery  |  19 January 2002 (Japan)
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A mother and her 6 year old daughter move into a creepy apartment whose every surface is permeated by water.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hitomi Kuroki ...
Rio Kanno ...
Mirei Oguchi ...
Asami Mizukawa ...
Fumiyo Kohinata ...
Kunio Hamada
Yu Tokui ...
Isao Yatsu ...
Shigemitsu Ogi ...
Kishida (Yoshimi's lawyer)
Maiko Asano ...
Yukiko Ikari ...
Shinji Nomura ...
Kiriko Shimizu ...
Teruko Hanahara ...
Old Lady (twin, elder)
Youko Yasuda ...
Old Lady (twin, younger)
Kono Tarou Suwa ...
Old Lady (twin, younger)


After winning a custody battle for her daughter, Yoshimi tries to make a new start. The apartment she moves into seems perfect at first. Soon though, strange things begin happening. Huge water stains appear on the ceiling and drip constantly, more liquid oozing into the rooms every day. She calls the landlord in but he refuses to do anything about it. A child's red bag shows up in odd places and soon the child herself starts appearing. Yoshimi then discovers the origin of the ghost... Written by

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From The Creators of Japan's Acclaimed RINGU, Inspiration for the hit phenomenon THE RING

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Rated PG-13 for terror and disturbing situations | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 January 2002 (Japan)  »

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Dark Water  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£34,978 (UK) (6 June 2003)


£34,978 (UK) (6 June 2003)

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When everyone is up on the roof examining the water tower, a flap of cloth or pant leg can be seen at the top of the ladder. This could be something attached to the tower, but later when she climbs it by herself and we see the whole thing, no such cloth is visible. See more »


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Mother and daughter relationship makes it scary
26 May 2005 | by (Tellus) – See all my reviews

The silence the newly divorced mother and her 6 year old daughter experience in an apartment block they have just moved into sets the mood here. We see how they are together realistically, that means lots of silence and little action. One aspect that makes this scary is this realistic depiction of isolation you can get in these houses. And you cant help but wish the best for the two, struggling with work, the divorce rights and beginning school. And it rains.

Water starts dripping from the ceiling and soon it permeates the whole building creating an uneasy and nervous mood that sneaks in on you and when you're not ready for it makes your nerves scream. You know its gonna happen and you get a good idea of where its leading, but its so well made that it doesn't matter.

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