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Ame no machi (2006)

A young reporter is covering the mysterious case of a child found dead with missing internal organs. Suspecting a case of organ trafficking, he visits the doctor who was responsible for the... See full summary »



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A young reporter is covering the mysterious case of a child found dead with missing internal organs. Suspecting a case of organ trafficking, he visits the doctor who was responsible for the autopsy; and finds that the organs were not stolen after all - they were missing from the start.  Tracing the body back to a remote area in the woods, he starts to unravel the story of a group of children who went missing 35 years ago... yet reappear every time it rains, seeming not to have aged a day since their disappearance... Written by Anonymous

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25 March 2006 (Japan)  »

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Scary Children Spoiled A Scary Movie
9 April 2008 | by (Long Beach, Ca) – See all my reviews

I will tell ya, nothing spoils a good Japanese horror film than a bunch of scary children running around. Take them out and what you got is a atmospheric spooky movie that bring back to the ice cream days of Ringu, Ju-on, and One missed call. The movie is about a group of people who disappeared all at once at a mountain side village in rural Japan 30 years ago. They were never found. Now, during the raining season, those people who went missing are coming back to the dying village and aged not a day older. The thing is the people who came back are just a facsimile of what they suppose to be. Something is very wrong with them. The remaining villagers lock their doors at sundown, fearing the people who walks in the night, and in all this mix is a burned out tabloid reporter from Tokyo trying to figure out who are these mushroom people.

Doesen't sound too bad I might say, but why the missing people have to be children? Thus, setting up the movie up as another average J-horror flick. This movie has the style, direction, and story of a good creepy movie, but somebody has to say, "bring in the scary children! And make those scary faces!", and this film somehow becomes unintentional funny at times. Please! No more scary children.

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