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Japanese Hell (1999)

Jigoku (original title)
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16 year old Rika wants to leave a murderous cult but she is sent to Hell where she meets demons and souls who have committed heinous and outrageous crimes.

Director:

Teruo Ishii

Writer:

Teruo Ishii
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Credited cast:
Mutsumi Fujita Mutsumi Fujita ... Akiko
Hisayoshi Hirayama Hisayoshi Hirayama ... Tsutomu Miyajima
Michiko Maeda Michiko Maeda ... Enma Daiô
Yôko Satomi Yôko Satomi ... Miyako Tazawa
Kenpachirô Satsuma ... Ao oni (Blue Ogre)
Kinako Satô Kinako Satô ... Rika (as Miki Satô)
Ryûji Takasaki Ryûji Takasaki ... Aka oni (Red Ogre)
Tetsurô Tanba ... Asu Shino
Toshimichi Tasaki Toshimichi Tasaki
Masato Tsujioka Masato Tsujioka
Chiho Yoshida Chiho Yoshida ... Satomi
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16 year old Rika wants to leave a murderous cult but she is sent to Hell where she meets demons and souls who have committed heinous and outrageous crimes. Written by Anonymous

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This film marked the return of 1950s sex symbol, Michiko Maeda after an unofficial exile from the Japanese film industry of over four decades. See more »

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Remake of Hell (1979) See more »

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Disappointing remake/rethink of a 1960 semi-classic
18 September 2006 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

Not quite as good tale of a girl granted visions of hell in the hopes that she will warn people into being good. Similar to the 1960 film Jigoku (Hell) this film shows us what happens to various bad people once they get to hell. Watch a cult leader kill hundreds, watch a child molester kill young girls then watch them tortured in hell, on and on with little variation.

One of the problems with the film is its so matter of fact. It starts, we are put into the basic situation which is just repeated over and over again. Its so matter of fact that there is no emotional involvement, there is no connection. The effects are just middling with any effect in the viewer borders on laughter since they often are more silly rather than horrifying. If you compare this film to the original you see the opposite. You get an emotional involvement and a sense of horror, despite the quaint effects, because of it. For all its flaws the original is far superior to this film.

Rental the original and skip this remake.


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Japanese

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