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Kakurenbo (2005)

A young boy named Hikora enters the ruins of a forbidden city with a group of other children to play "Otokoyo" (a game of hide-and-seek where the players are said to be kidnapped by ghosts and demons) to find his missing sister.

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Credited cast:
Dan Green ...
Yaimao (voice)
Mika Ishibashi ...
Tachiji (voice)
Akiko Kobayashi ...
Suku (voice)
Ryô Naitô ...
Noshiga (voice) (as Rei Naito)
Rei Saito ...
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Hikora (voice)
Masami Suzuki ...
Sorincha (voice)
Junko Takeuchi ...
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Suku (voice)
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Yaimao (voice)
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In a street where no one lives, there is a rumor saying that if you play the game 'Otokoyo', or hide and seek after dark, demons will come and take you away. One night, 8 children play the game, each for their own reasons. A boy named Hikora has joined in search of his missing sister who played the game last. But when the game does begin, it becomes apparent that the rumors were true, and that children do get taken away, and Hikora discovers the fate of the one who is "it". Written by OMG!

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Not a failure, bot nothing great either
28 July 2016 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

"Kakurenbo" or "Hide and Seek" is a Japanese animated short film that runs for half an hour. The writer and director here is Shûhei Morita and he made this film in 2005, over a decade ago, and quite a while before he got his Oscar nomination. His co-writer is Shiro Kuro and, according to IMDb, this is the man's only credit so far. I must say the animation here is okay and the story is also not bad, but there were two things that annoyed me a bit. The first would be these random cat masks the protagonists were wearing that made it occasionally fairly embarrassing to watch. The second problem was that the mix of a children's game like "Hide and Seek" and the horror component was not really working in here. At least that's how I perceived it. I would definitely say that it is a cartoon more suitable for grown-ups than children, but even they may find it a bit childish on some occasions, like the "hide and seek" song. All in all, the bad outweighs toe good sadly and I have to give this one a thumbs-down. Not recommended.


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