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"Dead Waves" ("Shiryôha") turned out to be a rather mundane and boring attempt at a Japanese horror movie. Unlike many others in the genre, there was no Japanese girl in a white dress with long, black hair covering her face. And hurrah for that, at least. It was nice to see something new for a change. However, and this is a big however, the movie just failed to be impressive, scary or really go anywhere in the 77 minutes it ran for.
The story is about a young director of a ghost TV show, Hiroshi Usui (played by Toshihiro Wada), who is making fake documentaries about ghosts and hauntings, where he is projecting mentally ill people as being haunted. One a particular case, he discovers something called 'dead waves', a phenomena where ghosts have attuned themselves to TV waves. Warned not to show the footage of the young girl they just filmed, the director goes against the heed and warning, and as the show air, the vengeful spirits are unleashed.
Right, well essentially, the story isn't all that bad, the plot line did have some promise. However, the movie just never punched through and made a statement. It just droned on at a monotone pace, without ever becoming scary or getting above mediocrity.
I will say that the acting was alright, but the ghosts weren't really scary, and you never once felt scared throughout the entire movie.
For a Japanese ghost movie, then "Dead Waves" is a disappointing result, and you are better off with one of the countless other ghost movies available.
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