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The kappa, in Japanese folklore, are water goblins that are closely associated with a certain town in the country. Unfortunately, the area is also home to a militant splinter group of researchers dedicated to developing amphibious super soldiers based on the kappa of legends. When their experiment's result in murder by some escapees, the appearance of an actual kappa, and the triggering of an atomic bomb, the consequences are of epic proportions. Written by Anonymous

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Breathtaking,Unforgettable, and Indescribable; A New Era in Monster Film-making
26 October 2010 | by (Beijing, China) – See all my reviews

Tomo'o Haraguchi's flawless rendering of Masakazu Migita's unforgettable screenplay left me, for lack of a better word, speechless. Upon hearing the names attached to this film, I came to Death Kappa expecting only the best and it did not disappoint. In fact, it filled my metaphorical cup to overflowing with its unique blend of horror (offering a demonic mystery on par with The Exorcist), mythology-based fantasy (the epic battles of Clash of the Titans come to mind), and dark humor (think Army of Darkness).

The dialogue is witty and well-delivered by an entire cast of excellent actors and actresses. While some may find it perhaps too literary and poetic, I suggest that the film was intended to be viewed as a deep and artistic social commentary that requires several viewings to properly appreciate. In other words, Haraguchi has accomplished in a single film what other philosophic Japanese directors, like Takeshi Kitano, have spent careers trying to express. Expect clever puns, a top-notch soundtrack, and even moments of heartbreaking interpretive dance.

The cinematography leaves nothing to be desired and despite the relatively low budget, the special effects are breathtaking. The underwater scenes literally left me gasping for air and the gore scenes are gritty and realistic, on par with the best moments of the Saw series. The Death Kappa itself is beautifully rendered yet stays true to the Kappas of Japanese folklore. I found the portrayal of this misunderstood and confused creature to be nothing less than Oscar-worthy and if Death Kappa does not get an Oscar nod, I will be very surprised. In short, one of the best, if not THE best, films of 2010.

I leave you now with a few lyrics from one of the film's most touching moments, sure to bring a tear to the eye of any true Death Kappa fan:

Someday, we'll be together, you and me / I'm wearing panties again today / The stars above are all lucky, happy / I'm going to end up putting our secret inside a treasure chest / I promise I'll bleed with a smile on my face near the seashore.


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