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Marebito -- A fear-obsessed freelance cameraman investigates an urban legend involving mysterious spirits that haunt the subways of Tokyo.


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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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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Horror or ancient wisdom?, 29 February 2008
Author: lastliberal from United States

A strange film by Grudge writer/director Takashi Shimizu.

Shinya Tsukamoto (Ichi the Killer) is consumed with finding out the source of terror that caused a man to stab himself in the eye. He wants to experience the same terror - terror so horrible that it would cause you to want to kill yourself.

He goes underground looking for the beings that inhabit the tunnels under Tokyo and finds a naked girl, who he brings home to live with him. The girls is more animal than human and he kills to provide her blood rather than give her his own blood, which she wants.

It is not certain throughout whether he is going mad or finding what he is searching for. He even tries to escape, but resumes the search until he finally succumbs to the terror.

Despite the shaky camera work, which some like, but which distracts me, it was a fascinating look at terror and certainly a film that contains much more than available at first glance. A blend of mysticism and horror, it is a worthy view for fans of Japanese horror.

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