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Pray (2005)

Purei (original title)
Two people kidnap a girl, hoping for a ransom.




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Cast overview:
Tetsuji Tamayama ...
Asami Mizukawa ...
Mitsuyoshi Shinoda ...
Toshiyuki Toyonaga ...
Katsuya Kobayashi ...
Karen Nakazawa ...
Ai Shinohara
Ei Morisako ...
Kôya Horimoto ...
Shônen jidai no Mitsuru
Erika Asakura ...
Fumi Higuchi ...
Wakai onna
Kôko Mori ...
Tazuko Aoyagi
Sanae Miyata ...
Fumiyo Kohinata ...


Two people kidnap a girl, hoping for a ransom.

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Rated R for violent content | See all certifications »




Release Date:

15 October 2005 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Pray  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Étude Op. 10, No. 3
Written by Frédéric Chopin
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A good little ghost story, moderately creepy.
24 May 2006 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Japanese ghost story movies tend to be long on atmosphere, chills and short,sharp shocks, and short on coherent plot development and characterization. Pray is no exception. Actually, when you think about it, those are really the defining qualities of ghost stories everywhere. The point of the ghost story is to scare, not involve you in an uplifting literary experience. Pray does its job well, just don't expect it to be more than it needs to be. A group of young hoodlums does a kidnapping caper but things begin to fall apart when the victim turns out to be something spooky. The film keeps several plot developments hanging around unexplained until the end, and this helps keeps the suspense level up. There is a lot of running around in dark hallways and in and out of empty rooms with the wind whistling eerily in the background. There is not much gore unless the sight of a severed hand is particularly disturbing for you. The denouement is a little flat when the nature of the creepy little girl is explained but it's very Japanese.

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