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Spiral (2000)

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




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




Cast overview, first billed only:
Eriko Hatsune ... Kirie Goshima
Fhi Fan Fhi Fan ... Shuichi Saito
Hinako Saeki Hinako Saeki ... Kyoko Sekino
Eun-Kyung Shin Eun-Kyung Shin ... Chie Marayama
Keiko Takahashi Keiko Takahashi ... Yukie Saito
Ren Ôsugi ... Toshio Saito
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


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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Drama | Fantasy | Horror


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(at around 6 mins) When we first see the angry cop, he looks at a wanted poster. This is an image of Junji Ito, the creator of the manga Spiral (2000). See more »


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The future of horror filmmaking lies waiting in Japan!
16 March 2002 | by nihilist999See all my reviews

Once again japanese filmmakers continue to blown my mind! This film was quite hyped up, by fans of manga,horror, & fantasy/sci-fi films & books, so needless to say I waited for the film to come to america for about 5 months! Well, my bandmate procured a copy (All HAILZ TO GURGE!), & the day he got it we sat down to watch what so many had hyped so hard about. Well, this was far beyond my expectations, a nightmarish Lovecraftian type tale written by Junji Ito. The story centers around an island, & one girl that lives there. Odd occurrences are abound in this town, & they all center around a fascination with ANYTHING in the form of a spirals,swirls, a.k.a. Vortex or Uzumaki. This film goes beyond the horror of the recent days of japan, and explores a deep,dark mystery that enshrouds & engulfs the viewer as well as the town. The director is obviously influenced by: Tim Burton,David Cronenberg,F.W. Mernau, Dario Argento,Jan Svankmajer,Peter Jackson,Sam Raimi,& the great Hammerproductions/filmaking styles. I rank this up there with THE RING,EVILDEAD TRAP, & VERSUS as some of the FINEST HORROR I have seen in a while! Look out also for:The Hypnotist,Cure,Chaos,Ichi-The Killer,etc. This is available on e-bay, or just search google!

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Release Date:

11 February 2000 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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