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Seance (2000)

Kôrei (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | TV Movie 12 May 2001
A psychic housewife and her husband become burdened with a kidnapped girl who escaped her assailant. Junko will not let her husband call the hospital or the police for purely selfish ... See full summary »

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Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Writers:

Mark McShane (novel), Tetsuya Onishi (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Kôji Yakusho ... Sato
Jun Fubuki Jun Fubuki ... Junko Sato
Tsuyoshi Kusanagi Tsuyoshi Kusanagi ... Hayasaka
Hikari Ishida Hikari Ishida ... Junko's customer
Kitarô Kitarô ... Detective
Ittoku Kishibe Ittoku Kishibe ... College professor
Ren Osugi ... Restaurant customer (as Ren Ôsugi)
Shô Aikawa ... Shinto priest
Daikei Shimizu Daikei Shimizu ... Tazaki, sound engineer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kazuya Horiguchi Kazuya Horiguchi
Hajime Inoue Hajime Inoue
Shiuri Isobe Shiuri Isobe
Michisuke Kashiwaya Michisuke Kashiwaya
Kôji Satô Kôji Satô
Masahiro Toda
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A psychic housewife and her husband become burdened with a kidnapped girl who escaped her assailant. Junko will not let her husband call the hospital or the police for purely selfish reasons. The girl dies while still in their house and her ghost begins to haunt not only Junko but also her husband, Sato (Koji Yakusho). Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

12 May 2001 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Seance See more »

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Runtime:

| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Overwhelmingly sad
4 October 2007 | by ThrownMuseSee all my reviews

This moody Japanese movie by revered director Kiyoshi Kurosawa is a loose remake of the classic 1964 chiller "Séance on a Wet Afternoon." Either that, or it's based on the same source novel, which I haven't read. Nearly every element of the plot is tweaked and twisted, with an emphasis on the supernatural. The lead actress is no Kim Stanley, and her character's predicament is a bit different, but she does a fine job as a psychic trying to come to terms with her powers. "Séance" was apparently made for television, but it really lacks the typical styling of typical made-for-TV movies. It's better and more somber than Kurosawa's "Horror Theater" TV segment. It features crisp, clean cinematography and the scary sequences are enhanced by inventive camera-work. Unfortunately, these scenes are too few and far between. The majority of the film moves at a snail's pace. Whereas "Wet Afternoon" features bizarre yet captivating characters that keep the film from being a complete bummer, there's not much in this film to distract from the overwhelming depressing nature and tone. This makes it difficult to get through in one sitting.


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