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St. John's Wort (2001)

Otogiriso (original title)
A game designer, and his girlfriend Nami, drive out to a decrepit mansion she just inherited, to film backgrounds for a new video game called St. John's Wort.

Director:

Ten Shimoyama

Writers:

Goro Nakajima (screenplay) (as Gorô Nakajima), Takenori Sentô (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Megumi Okina ... Nami Kikushima / Naomi Kaizawa
Yôichirô Saitô Yôichirô Saitô ... Kohei Matsudaira
Kôji Ohkura Kôji Ohkura ... Shin'ichi Ukita
Reiko Matsuo Reiko Matsuo ... Tôko Koseki
Minoru Terada Minoru Terada ... Sôichi Kaizawa (as Minoru)
Yasunari Hashimoto Yasunari Hashimoto ... Voice on the Radio (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kim Little ... Nami Kikushima (voice)
Jeff G. Peters Jeff G. Peters ... Radio DJ (voice)
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Storyline

Nami has been creating artwork for a new video game based on images she's been seeing in her dreams. With one of the game producers, she travels out to an abandoned house that seems to match her visions. As they explore the old mansion, Nami begins to have more visions of a forgotten childhood, until at last she comes across a photo of twin infants, labelled "Nami" and "Naomi". As Nami and the producer go from room to room, an unseen person seems to be watching them from a hidden room. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Rated R for some violence and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

27 January 2001 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

St. John's Wort See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Girlie
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Performed by The Yellow Monkey
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Was it independent? felt like it
17 July 2005 | by sideriteSee all my reviews

This movie is like a video game, Elvira style, if anyone remembers it :) Girl inherits spooky house, goes there, finds out about her family and childhood and "the terrible secret". The fact that the whole thing was done in order to create materials for a video game added an element of obvious to the movie.

I liked the actors, they played well for their parts, you might recognize the girl from Ju-On The Grudge, cute as ever. I felt that the starting idea was very promising and if the movie would have drifted in the "asian horror" area, it could have been a very interesting movie about teenager enterprise. This way, the film wasn't serious enough to be called a horror, nor was is funny enough to be called a comedy. And I have come to dislike movies that increase their level of complexity by mirroring themselves (let's do a movie about making a movie about...).

In the end it was OK, but nothing special. I would rather play Elvira again.


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