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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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An average effort by the director of Ju-On See more (43 total) »


  (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
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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:
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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 »
Masuoka:They didn't see something that terrified them. They saw something because they were terrified.See more »


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An average effort by the director of Ju-On, 22 April 2006
Author: edwjoolee from United States

Marebito starts out with an interesting premise, but somewhere along the way the movie falls apart.

A camera man captures a man in the subway committing suicide by stabbing himself in the eye. The camera man becomes transfixed by the death image of the man and studies the footage with the hopes of finding a clue as to why the man would commit such an act. He surmises that the man has experienced something so terrifying immediately before his death as to render him suicidal. So the camera man ventures into the subway for clues and finds a door that leads even further down into the subway. The beginning part of the film captured my interest.

Too bad.

What the main lead uncovers...actually what he finds beneath the subway...and what unfolds thereafter is incredibly dull. The rest of the film becomes a jumbled mess as the main character tries to rationalize, in his more and more irrational mind, the supernatural events that unfold. But the film looks rushed and does look like it was filmed in two weeks.

I thought Ju-on was creepy and fairly good as a horror film. The director's effort on this film is unfocused and meandering; he even interlaces at points in the film, clumsily I might add, with discussions of philosophy and the supernatural in the hopes, I suppose, of lending the film some gravitas. Is the director trying to be metaphorical and deliberately obtuse? I don't know and I did not care.

Because I found some parts of the film creepy and even innovative, I rate this film: Average.

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