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Tomie: Re-birth (2001)

An art student disappears after murdering his model. Now his friends and family are being haunted by the resurrected woman, Tomie.

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Miki Sakai ...
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Takumi Aoyama
Kumiko Endô ...
Hitomi Kitamura
Masaya Kikawada ...
Shun'ichi Hosoda
Shûgo Oshinari ...
Hideo Kamata
Yuri Hachisu ...
Yumiko Sano
Yutaka Nakajima ...
Tomoko Hosoda
Tarô Suwa ...
Haruo Aoyoma
Ganko Fuyu ...
Takako Aoyama
Yoshi'e Ohtsuka ...
Sachiko Kimata (as Yoshie Ohtsuka)
Masako Itô ...
Norika
Shin Kusaka ...
Masaru
Hiroaki Muchima ...
Hiroaki
Emi Itou ...
Sawori
Maiko Saitou ...
Yuri
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An art student disappears after murdering his model. Now his friends and family are being haunted by the resurrected woman, Tomie.

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Followed by Tomie: Saishuu-shô - kindan no kajitsu (2002) See more »

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Best of the series and required viewing.
20 July 2004 | by (Antioch, CA) – See all my reviews

Having watched the first three films (Tomie, Tomie: Replay, and this, Tomie: Re-birth), I can say this is far and away the most accessible and interesting of the group.

For sure, this movie is, like the others, almost glacially paced, but those with the attention spans for it will be rewarded.

It's hard to describe the plot, but it essentially revolves around the effect that the title character - Tomie, the girl who can't die - has on the people around her. Tomie "enchants" men in so much as they become powerless, madly in love with her, to the point where they kill her, and she is reborn.

But the character is so much more complex than that, and this iteration of the series makes her the most accessible and expands her well beyond what the previous films had.

For sure, this is horror, but it's more psychological than anything. There are gruesome scenes, but the whole film is effective because the characters are rich and deep and interesting. While the first two films focused almost entirely on the effects Tomie had on the men she encountered, this one expands beyond that, touching on family and friends, and even deigns to show us what happens when a man resists her charms.

It isn't enough that it's a solid horror film, but the quality of writing on display is outstanding and puts it on par with other classics like Ring and Kairo. This is a matured Tomie film - not dull like the first or overtly Americanized like the second - but raw and intelligent.

Absolute must see.


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