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24 March 2001 (Japan) See more »
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Teenager Midori's family moves back to the city where she lived as a child and is relieved to discover that her old friend Ryusuke still lives there... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

 
Kumiko Akiyoshi ... Kazuko
Mao Asami ... Satou Naoko (as Nao Asami)
Risa Gotô ... Fukada Midori
Shuntaro Hani
Hirotarô Honda ... A doctor
Yuki Inomata ... Suzuki Tamayo
Miki Itô (as Miki Itou)
Yôsuke Kawamura
Kazusa Matsuda ... Yamada Sanae
Ryûhei Matsuda ... Shibayama Ryuuhei
Asumi Miwa ... Tanaka Suzue
Hitomi Miwa ... Enomoto Haruka
Yôichirô Saitô (as Chihiro Saitou)
Yôsuke Saitô ... A teacher (as Yousuke Saitou)
Takahashi Shinji ... Tejima Koutarou
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Directed by
Kazuyuki Shibuya 
 
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Junji Ito  comic
Naoyuki Tomomatsu 

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Jun'ichi Matsushita .... producer
Takayuki Yanagisawa .... producer
 
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Jun'ichi Kikuchi 
 

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"Shibito no koiwazurai" - Japan (original title)
"Lovesick Dead" - International (English title)
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Japan:95 min
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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Well, I Must Admit That I Completely Changed My Mind About This One, 5 August 2010
Author: ebossert from United States

Over recent years I've learned that repeat viewings of movies are really important. Most of the time my first impression is the most reliable, but it's not uncommon that I change my opinion of a film after watching it twice. Sometimes the circumstances surrounding the first viewing were not ideal (e.g., illness, drowsiness, etc.) or perhaps more experience with a particular subgenre (e.g., exploitation, cyberpunk, etc.) or director results in a greater appreciation at a later time. My revised ratings are usually slight to moderate upgrades with a few rare downgrades.

"Lovesick Dead" is about a girl who returns to her home town, but recognizes that something is amiss when her highschool classmates commit suicide near a local shrine. My first impression of this film was that it was simply a decent attempt at blending horror and romance. Well, I was wrong. It's actually a very good attempt at blending horror and romance with a tight, well-written script and strong storytelling. The horror sequences are connected with a fortunetelling ritual and are actually more beautiful than frightening, which is consistent with the romanticized mood of the film in general. The final 20 minutes are really good and will reward viewers who have been paying close attention. "Lovesick Dead" almost plays out like a Japanese version of "Whispering Corridors" (1998, South Korea) – a film that also required multiple viewings for me to truly appreciate.

Non-fans of Asian horror will be pleased to know that there is no Onryo ghost here, so you won't have to put up with those ghost girls and their long black hair. However, the slower pacing of Asian horror movies is used so it's not a good idea to watch this if you're tired (which is likely the problem I had the first time around). The characters get some development and the premise is more original and executed better than most "ritual-based" horrors (which typically involve ouiga boards or seances), but the most interesting aspect involves the relationships between the characters that are clarified near the end. You'll need to think a little because they are communicated indirectly, but this is quality stuff.

Very enjoyable and worth seeking out.

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