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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 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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(at around 42 mins) A ghostly imprint of Kirie's face appears in the middle of the screen when she walks into Shuichi's house looking for his father, and is the same face as when she's watching his father's grisly video recording. See more »

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Featured in Fear Itself (2015) See more »

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Twistin' time is here.
4 July 2009 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Hypnotists can use a rotating spiral to send their subjects into a trance; director Higuchinsky risks achieving the same result with his dreamlike horror movie Uzumaki, which makes very little sense and crawls along at a snail's pace.

Fortunately, just like the many spirals that proliferate the film, Uzumaki is extremely twisted stuff and, with its impressive visuals and creepy atmosphere, should prove intriguing enough for fans of bizarre Japanese cinema to resist falling asleep.

Eriko Hatsune plays pretty schoolgirl Kirie Goshima, who comes to realise that her home town has fallen under the influence of spirals (that's right, you read correctly.... spirals). Members of her community are becoming obsessed with the shape, which results in some downright strange behaviour and even physical transformation: there is a spate of suicides, a man loses control of his eyeballs, a girl grows medusa-like gravity defying hair, and people even turn into snails!

The film is split into four chapters—Premonition, Erosion, Visitation, and Transmigration (although these titles do nothing to help explain what the hell is going on)—and each is weirder than its predecessor; by the end of the final chapter, almost nothing has been resolved, but viewers will at least have been treated to some very memorable scenes of Asian weirdness, a couple of unexpected, gory deaths, and some subtle subliminal whorls hidden amongst the action to keep sharper-eyed viewers happy.

5.5 out of 10, rounded up to 6 for IMDb.


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