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Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly (2003)

Zero: Akai chou (original title)
Twin sisters try to escape a haunted village with the help of the Camera Obscura, a camera with the power to see the impossible.




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Credited cast:
Akemi Kanda ...
Mio Amakura (voice)
Mayu Amakura (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Miyako Sudo / Additional Voices (voice) (as Leigh Allyn Baker)
Masumi Makimura / Man Killed by Kusabi / Puppetmaster / Villager / Additional Voices (voice)
Kim Mai Guest ...
Sôichirô Hoshi ...
Itsuki Tachibana (voice)
Walter Roberts ...
Promotional Movie Narrator (voice)
Itsuki Tachibana (voice)
Mio Amakura (voice)


In the sequel to Rei Zero (Fatal Frame), twin sisters become trapped in a haunted village. Mio, the younger twin, takes it upon herself to help her sister Mayu escape before they become the next victims of the village's ghostly inhabitants. Her only tool to fight the spirits with is the Camera Obscura; a camera with the power to see the impossible. Written by Anonymous

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10 December 2003 (USA)  »

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Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly  »

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In one of the trailers of the game (an unlockable feature in the game itself), Mio is shown running freely and wildly during the animated scene. However, in actual game play, Mio constantly runs at a very slow jogging pace, even when she's not around her sister. See more »


Seijiro Makabe: [in a psychic flashback] So this is the Camera Obscura... It takes pictures of impossible things...
[Makabe aims the Camera Obscura prototype at a piller-like monument. Looking at it through the camera, the pillar spawns several ghostly hands that attack Makabe. Startled, he clicks the shutter button and falls back]
Seijiro Makabe: [as the spirits vanish] What was that!
Seijiro Makabe: I can't believe... So it's true... This thing is two dangerous...
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Remade as Zero: Shinku No Chou (2012) See more »


Tsukiko Amano
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Almost equal with the first game
30 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

Let me start off by saying I am a huge fan of the first game and this game doesn't pass the original. They are both equal in terms of gameplay, scariness, and story. Fatal Frame improves on the camera a little bit. The camera being your main weapon just like in the first game.

Like I said before this game has an excellent story and acts as a prequel to the first game. You play as two twins. Well you only get to control one of them while the other follows you. While playing the first game there was some ghost that creeped me out. This game hasn't had that effect yet, but I have jumped at a few parts.

The first game had four long nights. This game has eight short chapters as far as I can tell. It doesn't matter though this game is still great. The scenery and graphics are some the most beautiful I've seen in a game. Especially the opening cut scene in the forest. This game passed my expectations and then some. It doesn't let the original down.

The gameplay is a little easier. The ghost don't attack as hard as they did in the first. The puzzles are not as hard. In fact I've hardly encountered any puzzles 7 chapters into the game. I've had to do 3 puzzles so far.

Maybe if there is future games this series could grow to be a successful horror game series.

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