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2005 (UK) See more »
A fear-obsessed freelance cameraman (Shinya Tsukamoto) investigates an urban legend involving mysterious spirits that haunt the subways of Tokyo. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Shin'ya Tsukamoto ... Masuoka
Tomomi Miyashita ... F
Kazuhiro Nakahara ... Arei Furoki

Miho Ninagawa ... Aya Fukumoto
Shun Sugata ... MIB
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Masayoshi Haneda
Ayumu Saitô

Directed by
Takashi Shimizu 
Writing credits
Chiaki Konaka (novel)

Chiaki Konaka (screenplay)

Produced by
Tsukasa Ariyoshi .... associate producer
Mikihiko Hirata .... producer
Kenzô Horikoshi .... producer: Euro Space/Yûro Supêsu
Takashi Horikoshi .... associate producer
Yoshiyasu Ikezaki .... associate producer
Hiroo Murakami .... associate producer
Atsuko Ohno .... producer: Euro Space/Yûro Supêsu
Fumio Sebata .... associate producer
Original Music by
Toshiyuki Takine 
Cinematography by
Tsukasa Tanabe 
Film Editing by
Masahiro Ugajin 
Production Design by
Atsuo Hirai 
Costume Design by
Kuniko Hôjô 
Sound Department
Akira Fukada .... sound
Hajime Komiya .... sound
Other crew
Rosemary Dean .... english subtitles
Tetsuro Shimauchi .... english subtitles
Hiroshi Takahashi .... series supervisor

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Also Known As:
"The Stranger from Afar" - International (English title)
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Rated R for strong bloody violence and some nudity
92 min | Argentina:92 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »

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One of the movie's key scenes takes place 'At the Mountains of Madness', an obvious nod to H.P. Lovecraft's novella of the same name.See more »
Arei Furoki:[subtitled version] The feeling that we know as "terror" is actually ancient wisdom, sealed in our subconscious mind.See more »


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Deranged tale of the hidden earth, 6 October 2012
Author: p-stepien from United Kingdom

Relentlessly making footage with an unearthly obsessiveness Masuoka (Shinya Tsukamoto) happens across a peculiar subway suicide, where an man named Furoki (Kazuhiro Nakahara) pokes out his eye, as if to stop himself from seeing something terrifying. Tantalized by this occurrence Masuoka replays the captured footage certain that something meaningful is hidden beyond the camera. He soon descends into the vast underground system beneath the city of Tokyo, finally wandering into an otherworldly place, where he finds a naked chained female (Tomomi Miyashita)...

After the success of "The Grudge" Takashi Shimuzu ventures into unusual horror territory with this independent low-key outing. Cut off from the rapidly ageing J-horror ghost craze Shimuzu manages to come out with an obscure, but simultaneously edgy and vastly brilliant journey in the madness of the long forgotten Shaver mystery and his theories of the Hidden World - a world situated beneath the surface, an underground metropolis infested with blood-hungry creatures called 'deros' (or 'detrimental robots'). Somewhere apart from a traditional horror structure, much inclined towards the insanity of other dimensions so prevalent in Lovecraft lore, Shimuzu delivers an frightfully disturbing piece. Not overflowing with pure scares, owes its atmosphere to a verite style chosen by the director, keeping the focus always marred with limited perspective of the human eye, as if something is always lurking just outside the line of sight. Masuoka himself constantly films throughout the movie, hence two perspectives - one from the camera of our protagonist, whilst the other a dimly lit grainy visuals portraying Masuoka closest surroundings - as if showing the world through the eyes of Masuoka in contrast to his camera lens. These two perspectives increasingly blur towards the end of the picture introducing doubts as to whether reality is better seen through human eyes or through the camera. Engulfed in this insane vision comes an ultimately captivating movie, which seems like a true breath of fresh air to the tired genre.

Open to varying interpretation as to true events obviously detaching itself from straightforward plot resolution, "Marebito" favourably invites rewatches and offers each viewer a possibility to construe their own take of the movie. A tale basically told from the perspective of Masuoka suggests that the whole endeavour is a journey in the subconscious, where reality comes back occasionally, vividly and meshes with the perception of our hero. Reality is what is created in the mind's eye, such as the Hidden World, which becomes real once people believe it. Essentially a journey in the depths of Masuoka's mind, his misgivings as a human, which made him detach into voyeuristic living through the camera lens, and human obsessions. Essentially more a metaphorical, albeit strange journey, much misunderstood and wrongfully limited to being just a horror, whereas it is more a psychological venture into the dark side of the mind.

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