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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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Takashi Shimizu shot the film in just eight days, between the production dates for Ju-on: The Grudge (2002) and its remake, _Grudge, The (2004/I)_.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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37 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
Interesting film, 5 January 2006
Author: jeffuary from United States

First off, I hated Ju-On. I thought it was derivative garbage of the J-horror variety (most J-Horror, which many American's think is "cult", is the equivalent of teen slasher flicks in their respective countries). That said, I was expecting nothing from this film. Instead, I got a Japanese David Cronenberg film, for all intents and purposes. This film would make an excellent companion piece to Cronenberg's Videodrome.

Both deal with technology and alienation in an urban setting. While in Videodrome it's the proliferation of mass media that causes the protagonists reality slip, here it's the creation of such media. The main character is a freelance videographer who makes a living filming the horrible things that people do to each other (and themselves) in the crowded yet isolated world of the big city. He eventually comes to understand that nothing is more cruel than what he does. He is, in a figurative sense, a vampire. He sucks the blood of the living into his lens, and thrives off the rewards. But he is lost.

Then he meets...a girl? A creature? A vampire? A hallucination? The fact that she has no recognizable emotion or attachment, and lives only to feed on the blood of people is a projection of what he is so ashamed of.

This film really gets into the feel of alienation (much the way "Clean, Shaven" and Cronenberg's "Spider" did) and makes you feel the way the populace who views his videos do. Disturbed, but secretly glad and thrilled that misery was put on film.

Which leads me to the presentation. Many have griped about the Digital Film approach, which, as most cinephiles know, leads to a harsh lighting scheme and stark contrasts- none of the lushness of film- and jerky movement feel. Shimizou could have easily done this on film if he had wanted to, but instead, I feel, made a choice to use's the same format that his protagonist records horrible images on. One turn deserves another. I enjoyed this aspect, as the presentation aspect of a film is rarely intrinsic to both the style and subtext of the film.

That said, it's not entirely successful. A few scenes could have used better FX work or shot choice/editing, but, hey, he shot this on the fly in 8 days, on his way to make another J-Horror "scary-kid" schlockfest. This film shows he is more capable than that. Fans of J-horror may want to avoid this, whereas if, like me, you're a fan of shock-cinema and narrative surrealism (Lynch, some Cronenberg, you) may enjoy this.

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