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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.

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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

After winning a custody battle for her daughter, Yoshimi tries to make a new start. The apartment she moves into seems perfect at first. Soon though, strange things begin happening. Huge water stains appear on the ceiling and drip constantly, more liquid oozing into the rooms every day. She calls the landlord in but he refuses to do anything about it. A child's red bag shows up in odd places and soon the child herself starts appearing. Yoshimi then discovers the origin of the ghost... Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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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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1.85 : 1
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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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"Mama!!!"
2 April 2008 | by ferbs54See all my reviews

Director Hideo Nakata's 1998 offering, "Ringu," based on a book by the so-called "Stephen King of Japan," Koji Suzuki, was one of the scariest movies I've seen in years. Thus, it was with great expectation that I popped the same team's 2002 effort, "Dark Water," into my DVD player at home. And while this latter film may not be the horror masterpiece that "Ringu" is, it still has much to offer. The story here concerns a newly divorced mother, Yoshimi Matsubara (sympathetically portrayed by Hitomi Kuroki), who moves into a run-down apartment building with her 5-year-old daughter, Ikuko, while at the same time starting a new job and engaging in a custody battle. We really come to care about the plight of these two characters, especially when some decidedly creepy incidents in the building start to pile up, and this gradually escalating sense of there being something "wrong" with the building turns out to be fully justified. Whereas "Ringu" provided us with that truly terrifying TV crawl-through scene, "Dark Water" offers a scene that is also absolutely guaranteed to raise the hackles on the back of any viewer's neck (I'm thinking here of the one in the elevator near the end, natch). Similar again to "Ringu," a water container turns out to be the site of a childhood tragedy, and a lank-haired ghost girl makes for one very creepy presence. Special kudos must be given here to young Rio Kanno, in her role as Ikuko. Kanno is just remarkable, and surely one of the most adorable kids I've ever seen on film. I'd give her a 9.8 on the Cute-O-Meter. With an involving story, excellent acting, some genuine chills and that great novelist/director pedigree mentioned above, "Dark Water" is a fine example of "J-horror" indeed, and if nothing else underlines the importance of having a really good building super!


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