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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 ...
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)
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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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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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19 January 2002 (Japan)  »

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£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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Tense Low-Paced Horror Movie
6 November 2005 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The reviser Yoshimi Matsubara (Hitomi Kuroki) has just divorced from her husband and is disputing the custody of their five years old daughter Ikuko Matsubara (Rio Kano) in the justice. She is looking for an apartment and a job to restart her life alone with Ikuko. She finds a small old apartment, and she does not pay attention to a stain of water on the ceiling. When she moves to the apartment, she notes that there is a drip of water in the bedroom, and she asks the landlord to repair the leakage. Meanwhile, Ikuko finds a red bag on the terrace, and Yoshimi returns it to the administrator. Yoshimi sees the creepy shape of a girl wearing a yellow coat, and she finds that she resembles a young girl that has been missing for two years in the neighborhood. She becomes afraid that the girl might be a ghost.

"Honogurai Mizu no Soko Kara" is a tense low-paced horror movie, with a frightening and original story. The characters and the situation are slowly developed, the climax is scary, but I did not like the conclusion. I was really a little disappointed, since I expected much more. However, this film is another great Japanese horror movie, the best producers of this genre in the present days. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Dark Water – Água Negra" ("Dark Water – Black Water")


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