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Rinne -- From the director of "The Grudge" and "The Grudge 2" comes Reincarnation, a suspenseful psychological horror film that deals with the topic of reincarnation.


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A Japanese actress begins having strange visions and experiences after landing a role in a horror film about a real-life murder spree that took place over forty years ago. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Yûka ... Nagisa Sugiura
Karina ... Yayoi Kinoshita
Kippei Shîna ... Ikuo Matsumura
Tetta Sugimoto ... Tadashi Murakawa
Shun Oguri ... Kazuya Omori
Marika Matsumoto ... Yuka Morita
Mantarô Koichi ... Yamanaka Producer
Atsushi Haruta ... Norihasa Omori
Miki Sanjô ... Ayumi Omori
Mao Sasaki ... Chisato Omori
Hiroto Itô ... Yuya Omori

Takako Fuji ... Hotel Maid
Yasutoki Furuya
Tomoko Mochizuki
Hiroshi Okazaki
Tarô Suwa ... Projectionist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kiyoshi Kurosawa ... professor Kawashima
Shôichirô Masumoto

Directed by
Takashi Shimizu 
Writing credits
Takashi Shimizu  &
Masaki Adachi 

Produced by
Satoshi Fukushima .... line producer
Kazuya Hamana .... executive producer
Takashige Ichise .... producer
Yukie Kito .... associate producer (as Yuki'e Kitô)
Yasushi Kotani .... executive producer
Original Music by
Kenji Kawai 
Cinematography by
Takahide Shibanushi 
Film Editing by
Nobuyuki Takahashi 
Production Design by
Iwao Saitô 
Costume Design by
Mari Miyamoto 
Makeup Department
Yûichi Matsui .... special makeup effects artist
Sound Department
Kiyoshi Kakizawa .... sound
Kenji Shibasaki .... sound effects
Visual Effects by
Tomoya Ôhata .... 3D digital artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Yoshimi Watabe .... gaffer

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Also Known As:
"J-Horror Theater Vol. 3" - International (English title) (series title)
"Reincarnation" - USA (informal literal English title)
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Rated R for violent and disturbing content
96 min
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Did You Know?

The third film in the hexagon project J-horror Theatre. The two first films are Kansen (2004) and Yogen (2004).See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When the professor (Nagisa) drops the camera after committing suicide, the camera keeps recording for a couple of seconds. Almost at the end of those seconds, it is possible to see a crew member approaching the scene from the right door.See more »
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References The Shining (1980)See more »


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38 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
One of the Best Finale's In Any Horror Film . . . Ever, 24 December 2006
Author: ebossert from United States

Well, I kept hearing all sorts of disappointing statements about Reincarnation. Needless to say, I was a bit reluctant to see it in my local theater. But then I remembered that I have never seen a Japanese film on the big screen, so I went mainly for the experience. Wasn't I surprised when I realized – after seeing the film – that it's pretty damn good.

I'll keep things vague, so as to not spoil anything for those who haven't seen it yet. I admire originality, and while Reincarnation is no Marebito or Tetsuo on the originality scale, it definitely scores high. Sure, there are a lot of horror elements used in this film that have been seen before, but they are not used in quite the same manner. Perhaps the most impressive thing is that the concept of reincarnation itself is used to bridge and interconnect all of these elements in a new and satisfying way. It's like a chef who takes a bunch of foods that you've eaten before, but uses a special ingredient to shake things up. In short, Takashi Shimizu works well as a movie chef here.

Some have complained that the ending is predictable, but this is a misleading assertion. There are essentially three twists that occur back to back to back. Surely, most viewers will probably be able to guess the first twist, but there is very little probability that they will be able to guess either of the other two.

Of course, you can be sure that incompetent, tasteless reviewers will criticize this film for lacking "integrity and weight" (as well as entertainment value), only to then recommend completely weightless trash like Friday the 13th in the same breath. For the rest of us who actually enjoy a quality horror film, we'll stick with our Japanese gems. Other reviewers will claim that all Japanese horror movies are the same, but a skim of my user profile will convincingly prove their ignorance.

The pacing of Reincarnation is very similar to Audition (although not nearly as violent in its culmination). The first 70 minutes is basically a slow paced set-up for the finale, with some dashes of formulaic scares. Fortunately, the final 25 minute finale is one of the most interesting, original, and compelling horror sequences in recent memory. So for those planning to see it, please be patient, and rest assured, the crap will hit the fan . . . hard. Quite frankly, the final series of events in Reincarnation had this viewer giggling with amazement. Just when I thought I had the next scene figured out, Takashi Shimizu would pull the rug from beneath my feet and turn the film in another direction.

I think that the reasoning behind some negative reactions to Reincarnation is the fact that it was marketed ineffectively. There is nothing extremely violent in this film, yet it was packaged within a Horrorfest of films that were allegedly very violent. I'm sure that the gorehounds entered the theater looking for lots of guts and blood, in which case they must have been greatly disappointed. In addition, no one knew the film was in subtitles. I watch East Asian films almost exclusively, so I prefer subtitles to dubbings any day of the week, but I must say that the audible groans and moans from the audience when the subtitles appeared was remarkably entertaining. Apparently, reading a few lines on a screen is too difficult for American audiences. :)

All in all, this was a classic horror film that scores relatively high in originality. I highly recommend it for those who can appreciate a slow-buring, plot-driven horror film with a fantastic finale.

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