MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 7,417 this week

Unholy Women (2006)
"Kowai onna" (original title)

6.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 411 users  
Reviews: 3 user | 15 critic

Unholy Women (Kowai onna), is a composite of three unrelated half-hour horror movies. The first segment... See full synopsis »

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 6 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Favorites of FantasticFest 2014

FantasticFest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, and action movies from all around the world. Here's a list of some of our favorite movies at FantasticFest.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 05 Apr 2011
 
list image
a list of 40 titles
created 30 Aug 2011
 
a list of 33 titles
created 19 May 2013
 
a list of 33 titles
created 20 Aug 2013
 
list image
a list of 41 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Unholy Women" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Unholy Women (2006)

Unholy Women (2006) on IMDb 6.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Unholy Women.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Marebito (2004)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A fear-obsessed freelance cameraman (Shinya Tsukamoto) investigates an urban legend involving mysterious spirits that haunt the subways of Tokyo.

Director: Takashi Shimizu
Stars: Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Tomomi Miyashita, Kazuhiro Nakahara
Premonition (2004)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

While stopped at a roadside phone boot for transmitting his work through Internet to the university, Professor Hideki Satomi finds a scrap of newspaper with the picture of his five years ... See full summary »

Director: Norio Tsuruta
Stars: Hiroshi Mikami, Noriko Sakai, Maki Horikita
29 February (2006)
Crime | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Ji-yeon, a tollgate ticket girl, is frightened by a mysterious black car, which hands over a bloodstained ticket as a fee at midnight. Her fear deepens after her colleague, Jong-sook, tells... See full summary »

Director: Jong-hoon Jung
Stars: Eun-jin Baek, Yoon-jeong Choi, Ho Im
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Jiney is a talented student of Arts with a trauma in her childhood and lack of communication with her mother, and excellent photographer that is not satisfied with her awarded works. When ... See full summary »

Director: Oxide Pang Chun
Stars: Race Wong, Rosanne Wong, Anson Leung
Rinne (2005)
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A Japanese actress begins having strange visions and experiences after landing a role in a horror film about a real-life murder spree that took place over forty years ago.

Director: Takashi Shimizu
Stars: Yûka, Karina, Kippei Shîna
The Locker (2004)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Director: Kei Horie
Stars: Asami Mizukawa, Shûji Kashiwabara, Chisato Morishita
Infection (2004)
Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

INFECTION takes place in a dark, isolated hospital, where one doctors mistake has led to dire consequences for a patient.

Director: Masayuki Ochiai
Stars: Michiko Hada, Mari Hoshino, Tae Kimura
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

When her classmate Ritsuko disappears, her friend Ryoko is desperate to find her. When she discovers that Ritsuko was playing a strange game online of hide and seek, she begins to wonder if... See full summary »

Director: Masafumi Yamada
Stars: Yukie Kawamura, Mayuko Kawakita, Masahiro Usui
Acacia (2003)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

After unsuccessfully trying to have a baby of their own, Dr. Kim Do-il and his father convince his wife Choi Mi-sook to adopt a child in an orphanage. Mi-sook is connected to arts and ... See full summary »

Director: Ki-hyeong Park
Stars: Hye-jin Shim, Jin-geun Kim, Oh-bin Mun
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

As part of a show, Haruna and Mirai watch a ghost video submitted by a viewer, only to experience strange occurrences that later draw the crew to Haruna's school; the location of the taken video.

Director: Norio Tsuruta
Stars: Yasuyuki Hirano, Haruna Kawaguchi, Takashi Kodama
Body (2007)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Chon is suffering from nightmares. He tries not to sleep because he's scared of a girl that he sees each night in his dreams. In the dreams, the girl screams for help before she is cruelly ... See full summary »

Director: Paween Purikitpanya
Stars: Arak Amornsupasiri, Ornjira Lamwilai, Kritteera Inpornwijit
Cult (2013)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Follows 3 actresses who play themselves as they appear on a paranormal television show to investigate the exorcism of the Kaneda family.

Director: Kôji Shiraishi
Stars: Yû Abiru, Mari Iriki, Mayuko Iwasa
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Noriko Nakagoshi ...
Kanako Yoshizawa (segment "Kata-Kata")
Yûko Kobayashi ...
Kata-Kata (segment "Kata-Kata")
Riko Suzuki ...
Shôjo (segment "Kata-Kata")
Miharu Morina ...
Shôjo no Haha (segment "Kata-Kata")
Yayoi Okuyama ...
Shufu (segment "Kata-Kata")
Kaori Fuseya ...
(segment "Kata-Kata")
Aiko Chisaka ...
(segment "Kata-Kata")
Hisayo Ebine ...
(segment "Kata-Kata")
Atsuko Abe ...
(segment "Kata-Kata")
Harumi Yazawa ...
(segment "Kata-Kata")
Emi Takahashi ...
(segment "Kata-Kata")
Natsuko Tauchi ...
(segment "Kata-Kata")
Maya Hayashi ...
(segment "Kata-Kata")
Kaori Sakuragi ...
(segment "Kata-Kata")
Nao Nemoto ...
(segment "Kata-Kata")
Edit

Storyline

Unholy Women (Kowai onna), is a composite of three unrelated half-hour horror movies. The first segment... See full synopsis »

Add Full Plot | Plot Synopsis


Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 November 2006 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Unholy Women  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

Furerarenai basho
Written by Daisuke Mori
Performed by Daisuke Mori
Courtesy of Warner Music Japan
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
J-horror Death-a-Thon
19 October 2012 | by (Pakistani Residentual Area) – See all my reviews

Things get off to a familiar start with the first episode titled Rattle Rattle. The story revolves around Kanako, a young woman who is returning home after a date with her fiancé. On passing an apartment complex, Kanako is hit by something which plunges her into a nightmarish version of her world wherein she is stalked by a lank-haired ghoul all so endearing to J-horror fans.

We're in well worn territory with Rattle Rattle. As well as a long haired ghost we get a spooky kid, a malfunctioning mobile phone, scary sounds to accompany the ghost's appearances (the rattle rattle of the title) and some amateur detective work from the heroine as she tries to find the cause of the haunting.

Writer/director Keita Amemiya's biggest contirbution to the scary hair genre seems to be to have his ghost wear a scarlet dress instead of the usual white and to have her move at high speed - though we do still get the obligatory (and in this case hilarious) slow jerky walk towards the cowering heroine. Amemiya also chooses to augment the ghost's appearance through the use of CGI that turns her into a gurning ghoul who is more funny than frightening.In fact, she looks at times like a scary hair version of one of the Killer Klowns From Outerspace, and at other times suspiciously like a man in drag.

Star Noriko Kakagoshi will never be mistaken for a good actress but she can scream real loud and run real fast, and in the end thats as much as is expected of her.

To be fair to director Amemiya, he does come up with some effective images and Rattle Rattle is fun in a trick or treat kind of way.

Any misgivings I may have had about Kowai Onna after viewing the first episode were soon blown out of the water by the second.

Hagane (steel) centers on Sekiguchi, a quite and geeky car mechanic. Sekiguchi's rather odd boss asks Sekiguchi to do him a favour by taking his cute kid sister out on a date the following day.To sweeten the deal, Sekiguchi's boss tells him that he can use a client's sports car for the date. Sekiguchi goes to his boss's run down house the following day to pick up the sister only to be confronted by one of the best "what the fu@k?" moments of recent years.What follows is one of the most bizarre dates ever , and to reveal any more would be to spoil the surprise.

While the story may be slight, Hagane's surprise comes so far out of left-field that its a genuine delight.Hagane is basically a one-note weird joke, but its one that is both humorous and certainly weird enough to sustain interest over its running time. Full credit to writer Naoki Yamamoto and director Takugi Suzuki for coming up with such an off-beat gem. Kowai Onna is worth seeing for this episode alone.

The third and final episode is called The Inheritance. It's written and directed by Keisuke Toyoshima and Takashi Shimizu receives a "supervised by" credit.

Kowai onna finds Saeko, a recently divorced woman, returning from Tokyo with her young son Michio to live with her mother in her hometown. Once there, Saeko's behaviour becomes increasingly erratic, which may have something to do with a traumatic childhood incident involving Saeko and her older brother Mashaiko.

The Inheritance tries to tackle some big issues such as mental illness and child abuse.Though the short running time (about a half hour) and the need to include some supernatural scare set pieces prevent it from exploring these themes with any great depth. In fact, its these scare scenes (which have Shimizu's fingerprints all over them), while effective in their own right, that spoil the story somewhat. The story would have worked better as a realist horror piece - indeed, the most effective horror scene is a non-supernatural one. Still, its a reasonably effective attempt at an intelligent ghost story.

The acting is very good all- round - especially the young actor who plays Michio, he does a good job of conveying the anguish and confussion of a child witnessing a loved one's decent into madness.

Credit also to the filmmakers for following through on their build up with an ending that is both grim and downbeat.

Overall, Kowai Onna Shizunome Ohyaku looks pretty but was rotten inside. Here she lets ghosts escape. She robbed and murdered until she was captured and beheaded. A good quality English subbed DVD is available from Taiwan.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
what the eff is that he/she?!? shatinmearse
Quite possibly the worst J-Horror I've seen... z-iron
Hand gesture explained shinypate1
Discuss Unholy Women (2006) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?