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Dark Water (2002)

Honogurai mizu no soko kara (original title)
A mother and her 6 year old daughter move into a creepy apartment whose every surface is permeated by water.

Director:

Hideo Nakata

Writers:

Kôji Suzuki (novel), Ken'ichi Suzuki (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hitomi Kuroki Hitomi Kuroki ... Yoshimi Matsubara
Rio Kanno Rio Kanno ... Ikuko Matsubara (6 years old)
Mirei Oguchi Mirei Oguchi ... Mitsuko Kawai
Asami Mizukawa Asami Mizukawa ... Ikuko Hamada (16 years old)
Fumiyo Kohinata ... Kunio Hamada
Yu Tokui Yu Tokui ... Ohta (real-estate agent)
Isao Yatsu Isao Yatsu ... Kamiya (apartment manager)
Shigemitsu Ogi Shigemitsu Ogi ... Kishida (Yoshimi's lawyer)
Maiko Asano Maiko Asano ... Young Yoshimi's Teacher
Yukiko Ikari Yukiko Ikari ... Young Yoshimi
Shinji Nomura Shinji Nomura ... Mediator
Kiriko Shimizu Kiriko Shimizu ... Mediator
Teruko Hanahara Teruko Hanahara ... Old Lady (twin, elder)
Youko Yasuda Youko Yasuda ... Old Lady (twin, younger)
Shichirou Gou Shichirou Gou ... Nishioka
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Storyline

In the final stages of a messy divorce, Yoshimi struggles to build a new life for herself and her daughter. Unfortunately, the challenges of single parenting and an ongoing custody battle are further complicated when they move into an apartment plagued by mysterious water leaks and haunted by the apparition of a little girl. Written by Molly Rose Steed

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From The Creators of Japan's Acclaimed RINGU, Inspiration for the hit phenomenon THE RING


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Rated PG-13 for terror and disturbing situations | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

19 January 2002 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Trivia

Second film by Hideo Nakata to be based on a novel by Koji Suzuki. He previously directed Ring (1998) and its sequel Ring 2 (1999). See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 3 mins) When everyone is up on the roof examining the water tower, a flap of cloth or pant leg can be seen at the top of the ladder. This could be something attached to the tower, but later when she climbs it by herself and we see the whole thing, no such cloth is visible. See more »

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The Asian horror industry is the new standard.
18 January 2012 | by TransAtlantykSee all my reviews

The American horror film scene has been getting staler and staler for the better part of two decades. We get the same boring clichés and jump scares packaged under different titles with little originality. That is not to say that there aren't some very good American horror films to be produced since the 1980s but the more Asian horror that I watch the more I see that they have taken up the torch and are producing the best horror movies of the era.

Dark Water isn't necessarily one of the best Asian horror films to come out but it certainly is a good one. The American remake is really indicative of what is wrong with the industry in North America. The story is the same and many of the scenes are very similar but for some reason, some intangible reason, it is of remarkably lower quality. Even with a very talented actress in the lead role it still doesn't shine like the Japanese original, even though it possesses every required ingredient. It is these intangibles that the Asian horror scene has somehow mastered and the American scene has lost.

Dark Water itself is a nice little ghost story. It is a slow-burner with an unsettling tale and reveals itself subtlety. The characters are not throw away fodder as in many modern American horror tales and there are some scenes that had me, a hardened horror veteran, wanting to squint my eyes at the television screen. This is not American horror in the sense that everything is not in your face blood, gore, and knife wielding psychos. This is a much more subtle, psychological tale. It will creep under your skin.

Asian horror is the new standard. I hope that the American industry will learn thing a thing or two from the Asian scene and not just try to emulate it so that perhaps the next generation of filmmakers can bring the torch of horror back to the United States.


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