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Dark Water (2002)

Honogurai mizu no soko kara (original title)
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 ...
Mitsuko Kawai
Asami Mizukawa ...
Ikuko Hamada (16 years old)
Fumiyo Kohinata ...
Kunio Hamada
Yu Tokui ...
Ohta (real-estate agent)
Isao Yatsu ...
Kamiya (apartment manager)
Shigemitsu Ogi ...
Kishida (Yoshimi's lawyer)
Maiko Asano ...
Young Yoshimi's Teacher
Yukiko Ikari ...
Young Yoshimi
Shinji Nomura ...
Mediator
Kiriko Shimizu ...
Mediator
Teruko Hanahara ...
Old Lady (twin, elder)
Youko Yasuda ...
Old Lady (twin, younger)
Shichirou Gou ...
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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 kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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

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Second film by Hideo Nakata to be based on a novel by Koji Suzuki. He previously directed Ring (1998) and its sequel Ring 2 (1999). See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 3 mins) 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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Referenced in Naina (2005) See more »

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Mother and daughter relationship makes it scary
26 May 2005 | by 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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