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Director:
Writers:
Kôji Suzuki (novel) and
Ken'ichi Suzuki (screenplay)
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Release Date:
19 January 2002 (Japan) See more »
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Tagline:
From The Creators of Japan's Acclaimed RINGU, Inspiration for the hit phenomenon THE RING
Plot:
A mother and her 6 year old daughter move into a creepy apartment whose every surface is permeated by water. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
6 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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A very effective ghost story that actually delivers chills in place of gore See more (155 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Hitomi Kuroki ... Yoshimi Matsubara
Rio Kanno ... Ikuko Matsubara (6 years old)
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)
Kono Tarou Suwa ... Old Lady (twin, younger)
Shichirou Gou ... Nishioka
Chisako Hara ... Kayo
Tôru Shinagawa ... Principal (as Tohur Shinagawa)

Shelley Calene-Black ... Yoshimi Matsubara (voice: English version)
Gabi Chennisi ... Ikuko Matsubara (voice: English version)
Jay Hickman ... Kishida (voice: English version)
Mark Laskowski ... Ohta (voice: English version) (as Mark X. Laskowski)
Chris Ayres ... Principal (voice: English version) (as Christopher Ayres)

Andy McAvin ... Kunio (voice: English version)

Jessica Boone ... Teen Ikuko (voice: English version)
Ted Pfister ... Kamiya (voice: English version)
John Swasey ... Mediator (voice: English version)
Heather LeMaster ... Mediator (voice: English version)

Vic Mignogna ... Kono (voice: English version)
Vicki Barosh ... Auntie Kayo / Old Woman A (voice: English version)

Christine M. Auten ... Teacher Past / Ai's Mother / Recorded Message (voice: English version) (as Christine Auten)
Mariela Ortiz ... Teacher B (voice: English version)
Amanda Nanawa ... Teacher C / Mother (voice: English version)

Kaytha Coker ... Tshushima (voice: English version)
Quentin Haag ... Nishioka (voice: English version)
Luci Christian ... Teen Girl A / Answering Machine / Lady Directions (voice: English version)
April Brem ... Teen Girl B / Office Worker (voice: English version)
Mia ... Ai / The Ghost of Mitsuko / Hiding Girl A / Young Yoshimi (voice: English version)

Lidia Porto ... Secretary / Old Woman B / Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Cynthia Martinez ... Hiding Girl B / Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Hilary Haag ... Mao-chan / Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Kyle Jones ... Father / Mover A (voice: English version) (as K.C. Jones)
Rebecca Ayres ... Little Boy / Kobayashi / Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Emma Crabb ... Assistant / Potential Buyer (voice: English version)
Jacob A. Gragard ... Worker A / Mover C (voice: English version)
Matthew Crawford ... Worker B / Mover B (voice: English version) (as Matt Crawford)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chihiro Ohtsuka

Directed by
Hideo Nakata 
 
Writing credits
Kôji Suzuki (novel)

Takashige Ichise  screenplay (uncredited)
Yoshihiro Nakamura  screenplay
Hideo Nakata  screenplay (uncredited)
Ken'ichi Suzuki  screenplay

Produced by
Takashige Ichise .... producer
Kyle Jones .... producer (english language & subtitled versions)
John Ledford .... executive producer (english language & subtitled versions)
Mark Williams .... executive producer (english language & subtitled versions)
 
Original Music by
Kenji Kawai 
Shikao Suga 
 
Cinematography by
Jun'ichirô Hayashi 
 
Film Editing by
Nobuyuki Takahashi 
 
Production Design by
Katsumi Nakazawa 
 
Production Management
Katsuhiro Ogawa .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Masaki Adachi .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Jacob A. Gragard .... adr recordist
Cesar Inserny .... sound designer
Cesar Inserny .... sound mixer
Masayuki Iwakura .... sound
Kiyoshi Kakizawa .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Meichô Tomiyama .... lighting technician
 
Editorial Department
Patrick Givens .... editor: english language and subtitled versions
Tarô Kuwayama .... color timer
Neil O'Sullivan .... editor: english language and subtitled versions
 
Other crew
Marta Bechtol .... production assistant: engish language and subtitled versions
Toru Iwakami .... international coordinator: english language and subtitled versions
Kyle Jones .... adr director: English version
Miyuki Kamiya .... production assistant: engish language and subtitled versions
Paul Mericle .... production assistant: engish language and subtitled versions
Sara Muir .... production assistant: engish language and subtitled versions
Maki Nagano .... production assistant: engish language and subtitled versions
Shoko Oono .... senior translator: english language and subtitled versions
Carole Pavlik .... production assistant: engish language and subtitled versions
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Honogurai mizu no soko kara" - Japan (original title)
"From the Depths of Dark Water" - International (English title) (literal title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for terror and disturbing situations
Runtime:
101 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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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References The Haunting (1963)See more »

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32 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
A very effective ghost story that actually delivers chills in place of gore, 18 June 2003
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

In the middle of a difficult custody battle over her 6 year old daughter with her ex husband, Yoshimi Matsubara takes a flat in an old building in order to get some stability in their lives. However the problems start with a constant and spreading leak in the ceiling of their flat and the sense of someone else being around the building. Yoshimi becomes increasingly on edge when Ikuko appears to be effected.

Setting out my stall from the start I really liked Ringu and was happy to see this film from the same director. I knew nothing about it when I sat in the cinema and I think that is the best way to see it (although my plot synopsis about will have spoilt nothing). Dark Water continues Nakata's ability of unsettling audiences with little devices. Here he stays with the child theme from Ringu and it works very well despite being a much simpler plot that isn't anywhere near as clever as the other film. However in terms of delivering scares Nakata builds with shadowy images and creeping effects – the spread of the leak across the ceiling is creepy and the reoccurring image of a child's pink bag becomes increasingly unnerving as the film progresses.

The direction is strong throughout with the camera preferring to turn to see what the characters see rather than having something leap into view or simply be cut to – this turning movement can take seconds where our tension is build by being kept waiting. Again the use of shadowy figures and fleeting glimpses of things is very creepy and it really worked for me much better than all the gore in the world. It is a little ironic that one of the biggest jumps from the audience came from the film's one use of CGI effects, but this worked well simply due to the build up of suspense all the way through.

To compliment this the film uses music and sound very well. On the odd occasional it does the tradition thing where the music builds to up the tension, this works but is not unusual. What works better is the use of music WHEN the creeps arrive! Whenever Yoshimi looks at the leak the music gives it an unnerving quality that may not have existed with the shot alone. The simple plot makes for an effective little ghost story – there is an element of mystery here but it is more about the suspense than the history. This is OK but the ending is a little more predictable than I would have liked (at first glance) and the epilogue didn't really work for me and I felt it needed a stronger close (not necessarily a jump though). I say `at first glance' because it appears predictable but really it changes where I thought the film was going and the whole basis for the creepy scenes – ie I had assumed that the girl was taking Ikuko for play etc – I'll say no more but you'll understand when you see it.

The cast were good. My friend said that Kuroki's Yoshimi was so sappy she wanted to slap her but I actually thought she played it well. She convinced me she was a woman going through an emotionally challenging time and was being pushed. There was an element of her overplaying (maybe? It could be taken as realism) the fear in order to heighten the audience's but really this was benefical to the film as a whole. Kanno's Ikuko is excellent – I can't imagine a child I know being able to cope with that sort of filming but she does it very well and is a million miles from the annoying brats that Western films seem to dig up when required. These two are excellent and have reasonable support characters but the real star is a character you only really glimpse and the creepy atmosphere created by Nakata.

Overall anyone who saw the remake of Ringu (and it was No1 for a while) should ignore the subtitles and go and see this. It lacks the depth of Ringu and the epilogue's search for a greater significance is a little plodding and out of place, but it is still an effective ghost story that is a painfully slow at times but only serves to make it genuinely unnerving and creepy throughout.

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