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Release Date:
15 October 2005 (Japan) See more »
Two people kidnap a girl, hoping for a ransom. | Add synopsis »
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A good little ghost story, moderately creepy. See more (8 total) »


  (in credits order)
Tetsuji Tamayama ... Mitsuru
Asami Mizukawa ... Maki
Mitsuyoshi Shinoda ... Yasuda
Toshiyuki Toyonaga ... Shima
Katsuya Kobayashi ... Yûki
Karen Nakazawa ... Ai Shinohara
Ei Morisako ... Megumi
Kôya Horimoto ... Shônen jidai no Mitsuru
Erika Asakura ... Joshikôsei
Fumi Higuchi ... Wakai onna
Kôko Mori ... Tazuko Aoyagi
Sanae Miyata ... Tsuma
Fumiyo Kohinata ... Otto

Directed by
Yûichi Satô 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tomoko Ogawa  written by


Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Purei" - Japan (original title)
"The Pray" - Japan (English title) (alternative title)
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Rated R for violent content (rating surrendered)
77 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
USA:Unrated | USA:R (rating surrendered)
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11 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
A good little ghost story, moderately creepy., 24 May 2006
Author: Gordon Cheatham (cheathamg) from California

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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