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Kaidan (2007)

Unrated  |   |  Drama, Horror, Romance  |  4 August 2007 (Japan)
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Japan, 250 years ago. Soetsu is a moneylender who is killed by the cruel samurai Shinzaemon. His body is dumped in the Kasenega-Fuchi river. According to legend, all who drown in the river ... See full summary »

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Mao Inoue
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Japan, 250 years ago. Soetsu is a moneylender who is killed by the cruel samurai Shinzaemon. His body is dumped in the Kasenega-Fuchi river. According to legend, all who drown in the river will never surface again. 20 Years later, Shinkichi, the handsome son of Shinzaemon, coincidentally meets Toyoshiga, the daughter of Soetsu. They fall in love. It is a doomed love, as the spirit of Soetsu is far from dead. Written by Anonymous

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Not a good Japanese horror movie
5 August 2007 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

The best Japanese horror movies are good because of the atmosphere they create. I would say that they are good not because they are frightening, but because of the psychological impact they cause. However, this one was not good in this aspect. The film fails to show the true horror that the main character were passing through. It was quite an ordinary horror film, trying to scare the audience with sudden appearances of spirits and strange creatures. Speaking of which, the visual effects are not very good, which should not be a problem for a true horror movie, since you can create a true atmosphere of horror without using so many visual effects. Just think about great horror Japanese movies such as Onibaba. Also, the characters were not well developed and their interaction was far too simple. The movie tries to focus on both horror and romance, but there is no attempt to make a deeper analysis on the relationship between men and women. However, it is important to highlight that it was successful, as almost all Japanese horror movies, in avoiding the manifest approach of horror used in Hollywood. None of the characters are particularly good or bad. And there is no attempt to moralize, which is common in many Hollywood movies, when there is a clear message that bad things only happen to bad people, so be a good boy and you will have a great life.


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