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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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Drama | 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 »

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You'll never look at a spiral the same way again....
21 August 2002 | by Paz (fuxing626)See all my reviews

I'm a horror movie freak, and this has got to be one of the most phenomenal horror flicks I've ever seen. The plotline is totally original (who else would think up a town who gets totally obsessed with a certain symbol to the point of death and insanity?), the special effects are amazing, and the cinematography couldn't be better. Some may find it disturbing, but that doesn't mean it's a bad movie. It also makes a good point. The spiral symbol is kinda ubiquitous. The spiral notebook, spiral seashells, spirals on cakes. Of all the shapes they could have used (square, triangle, trapezoid, rectangle) this was one of the best choices. If you can find this movie, definitely see it. It's certainly unique, and quite unforgettable.


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