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Spiral (2000)

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

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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 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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

11 February 2000 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Spiral See more »

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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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Trivia

6 and 9, being nearly spiral numbers, can be seen on several occasions: e.g. on the license plate of the reporter's car, as room number in the hospital, as a date in a video recording at the end of the movie etc. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Jisatsu sâkuru (2001) See more »

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Don't be fooled by lazy critics...
28 December 2003 | by MonkheadSee all my reviews

It's very true that this film defies convention by not spelling out the plot for the viewer. While some may have a problem with having to figure it out for themselves, I embrace "Uzumaki" for its irreverence. There is a PLOT, it's just that it may not be immediately accessible to a lazy viewer. This is a film that invites numerous interpretations, as all great art does - however, this film is also very entertaining, making it a rare film experience. It's simultaneously provocative and fun.


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