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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Kirie Goshima
Fhi Fan ... Shuichi Saito
Hinako Saeki ... Kyoko Sekino
Eun-Kyung Shin ... Chie Marayama
Keiko Takahashi ... Yukie Saito
... Toshio Saito (as Ren Ôsugi)
... Officer Futada
Masami Horiuchi ... Reporter Ichiro Tamura
... Yasuo Goshima
Tôru Tezuka ... Yokota Ikuo
Sadao Abe ... Mitsuru Yamaguchi
Asumi Miwa ... Shiho Ishikawa
Saori Nakane ... Little Kirie
Yasuki Tanaka ... Little Shuichi
Yuki Murakami ... Yukky
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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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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Some areas of the screen are digitally twisted into a spiral pattern at least five times in the movie (not necessarily in this order): the first time you see the sunset sky, on the top right a bird's eye view of Kirie and Shuichi returning home from school, on the ground to their right to Kirie's left in the bushes when she's walking over to Shuichi's house with a gift a ceiling panel to the right of the stairs in Kirie's house as she walks down at night the end of the hospital hall, dead center. See more »

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Great Fun!
19 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

After reading a review of this film on a Ringu site I just had to get it and I managed to get an import once I got a multi-region DVD player and I don't regret it! A very quirky little film that follows Kirie a cute school girl in a small town in Japan where strange things keep happening, spirals appear in strange places and people take on obsessions with spirals which eventually drive them to their deaths. There's little spirals through the film, you just catch in them out of the corner of your eye, others are bigger and more obvious. You never really find out what's going on, but it's a great little black comedy-horror :)


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