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Exte: Hair Extensions (2007)
"Ekusute" (original title)

R  |   |  Comedy, Horror  |  17 February 2007 (Japan)
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About hair extensions that attack the women that wear them.

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Yûko Mizushima
Megumi Satô ...
Yuki Morita
Tsugumi ...
Kiyomi Mizushima
Eri Machimoto ...
Sachi Kôda
Miku Satô ...
Mami
Yûna Natsuo ...
Kondô
Ken Mitsuishi ...
Tatsuo Sugawara
Hiroshi Yamamoto ...
Jirô Tamura
Tetsushi Tanaka ...
Yaguchi
Hikari Mitsushima ...
Yuriko Shiina
Ayaka Onoue ...
Nana Katô (as Aya Onoue)
Ryôsuke Nagata ...
Yûta Sakurai
Erika Mine ...
Sarina Tanaka
Mari Hayashida ...
Yukari Suzuki
Yôji Tanaka ...
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What if extensions carried the grudge of the individual to which the hair originally belonged and started attacking people wearing it at random? Customs agents discover a huge amount of human hair used as materials for 'hair extensions' along with the dead body of a young girl with a shaved head. With the corpse being soon transported by the police, the results of the autopsy determine that the woman's internal organs have been harvested. The possibility is pointed out that she was kidnapped in some foreign country and was a victim of black market human organ racketeering ring. A sinister, fearless smirk comes over Yamazaki (Ren Osugi), the morgue night watchman. Yuko (Chiaki Kuriyama) is a young wannabe hair stylist apprenticing at the Gilles de Rais hair salon. After working late each day, after returning home, she tirelessly practices her skills on head mannequins with wigs. One day, her sister, Kiyomi, forcibly entrusts her eight-year-old daughter, Mami, to Yuko. For some reason, ... Written by Grady Hendrix

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You've never seen anything like this before...
15 October 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A film about killer hair extensions sounds ridiculous, and it is – but in a good way. EXTE comes across as a semi-serious spoof on the whole 'long haired' ghost sub-genre so beloved of Japanese cinema in the last fifteen years or so. At the same time, it stands alone and works as such a film in itself; there are plenty of moments that blur the line between weird and creepy and just plain surreal. To put it plainly, it's a film the likes of which I've never quite seen before.

The film kicks off with a cargo container being opened with the discovery that it's packed full of human hair – as well as a woman's corpse. A strange discovery, but the movie just gets stranger from there. The corpse is stolen by a fetishist who then goes on to sell the still-growing hair to various hairdressers, one of which is the 'Gilles de Rais' salon (named after a French serial killer). The heroine of the film is a hairdresser played by KILL BILL: VOLUME 1's Chiaki Kuriyama who must contend with an unloved child, an abusive sister and various job woes as well as this supernatural curse.

The plot is an excuse for a number of scenes in which the possessed hair goes about killing people. It seems to do this from the inside out; instead of bodies splitting open and blood coming out, hair comes out instead. The special effects are well achieved and the film as a whole has an offbeat tone that makes it highly enjoyable and a real breath of fresh air after the latest overly-familiar ghost story. The willingness to laugh at itself is the icing on a very bizarre cake.


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