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Spiral (2000)

Uzumaki (original title)
The inhabitants of a small Japanese town become increasingly obsessed with and tormented by spirals.

Director:

Higuchinsky

Writers:

Junji Ito (manga), Kengo Kaji (supervising screenwriter) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eriko Hatsune ... Kirie Goshima
Fhi Fan Fhi Fan ... Shuichi Saito
Hinako Saeki Hinako Saeki ... Kyoko Sekino
Eun-Kyung Shin ... Chie Marayama
Keiko Takahashi Keiko Takahashi ... Yukie Saito
Ren Osugi ... Toshio Saito (as Ren Ôsugi)
Denden ... Officer Futada
Masami Horiuchi Masami Horiuchi ... Reporter Ichiro Tamura
Tarô Suwa ... Yasuo Goshima
Tôru Tezuka Tôru Tezuka ... Yokota Ikuo
Sadao Abe Sadao Abe ... Mitsuru Yamaguchi
Asumi Miwa Asumi Miwa ... Shiho Ishikawa
Saori Nakane Saori Nakane ... Little Kirie
Yasuki Tanaka Yasuki Tanaka ... Little Shuichi
Yuki Murakami Yuki Murakami ... Yukky
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Storyline

In a small town in Japan, Kirie comes upon her boyfriend's father silently videotaping a snail. He seems unaware of her presence and she thinks no more of it. Later, the mans obsession with spirals becomes more and more bizarre, ending in his suicide in a washing machine which turn his body into a spiral. Soon other inhabitants become possesed with different forms of spirals, one student seems to be mutating into a snail, another's hair becomes strangely medusa-like. The entire town becomes possesed. Written by Fred Cabral <ftcabral@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Horror

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Trivia

The movie was filmed before the manga had completed its run, and reveals a different ending and origins storyline than that featured in the manga. See more »


Soundtracks

Raven
Performed by Do As Infinity
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Some movies stand outside criticism . . .
15 July 2002 | by zorro6204See all my reviews

. . . so I'll leave it to you. Suffice to say I cringe when I look up at a cloud and it even slightly resembles a spiral . . . brrr, what an image. Anyway, why in the heck didn't they release a region 1 version of the DVD as long as they added English subtitles to the region 3 version?? This film should be seen by any film fanatic, love it or hate it, but it's pretty difficult to do with a copy you can't play, eh? OK, you can buy a DVD player to make it work, but I'm not really up to that for one flick. Dumb choice by the DVD producers.

Oh, by the way, the group that sings the song ("Raven") over the closing credits is called "Do As Infinity", and their stuff is really good, available in overseas versions for normal (non import) prices at YesAsia. This may not be news to you, but it took hours of internet searching to find it out . . . the music credits are in Japanese, right?


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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

11 February 2000 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo | DTS-Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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