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A Slit-Mouthed Woman (2007)
"Kuchisake-onna" (original title)

 -  Horror  -  17 March 2007 (Japan)
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A suburban town in Japan is the victim of what is supposedly just an urban legend, a woman's spirit with a horribly disfigured face who is intent on kidnapping children for unknown reasons.

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Eriko Satô ...
Kyôko Yamashita
Haruhiko Katô ...
Noboru Matsuzaki
Chiharu Kawai ...
Mayumi Sasaki
Rie Kuwana ...
Mika Sasaki
Kazuyuki Matsuzawa ...
Hideo Tamura
Kaori Sakagami ...
Saori Tamura
Sakina Kuwae ...
Natsuki Tamura
Yûto Kawase ...
Masatoshi Kita
Rio Nakamura
Ryoko Takizawa ...
Kazuko Yoshida (as Ryôko Takizawa)
Saaya ...
Shiho Nakajima (as Sâya Iri'e)
Runa Okada
Rio Iguchi
Mei Tanaka ...
Yukiko Yoshida
Yui Matsuda
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A suburban town in Japan is the victim of what is supposedly just an urban legend, a woman's spirit with a horribly disfigured face who is intent on kidnapping children for unknown reasons.

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The film is based on a Japanese legend in which a samurai's wife was caught cheating on him, and he slit her mouth open. The same woman roams foggy streets, with a surgical mask on, and asks people she encounters, "Am I beautiful?". If they say, "Yes" she removes her mask and says, "Even like this?", and then slits their mouth. If they say "No" she cuts them in half. If they say "Average", she will allow them to escape. See more »

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Followed by The Slit-Mouthed Woman 0: The Beginning (2008) See more »

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Garasu no hitomi
Music by Yoshimi Katayama
Lyrics by Kana Mizushima
Performed by I-lulu
Courtesy of For-Side Records
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Almost a Slasher
4 March 2011 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

This movie mixes elements from the Western tradition of Slasher movies along with a peculiar kind of creepiness so typical to Asian horror. An interesting combination that should have been much more successful. Unfortunately 'Kuchisake-onna' is overall mediocre and downward pedestrian at times. It fails whenever it adheres to clichés such as making sure that everyone confronting the villain in the grand finale is without weapons of any kind but there are a few redeeming points. The positive parts include the child abuse angle that pervades and drives the plot, the fact that the villain does not only lurk in dark shadowy places but actually acts in broad daylight and a possession story that is original.

With so much going on for it, it is a true shame that the movie manages to fall into tired recipes that do away with so much potential. After all, in a story in which the villain targets children is open to horror as perceived from their point of view. That approach would have elevated it from the usual supernatural thriller to something more unique. And the movie itself seems to be aware of this on occasion.

With some psychological bits and a decent slasher angle this is a movie that fans of the genre will probably find worth watching but it does have a limited appeal without being part of the elite in the competitive world of J-horror.


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