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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

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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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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One of the best ghost movies ever made
25 March 2003 | by galensaysyesSee all my reviews

This is my idea of a horror movie. No junk, no noise, no random jolts, but plenty of fear, delivered quietly and compactly, without fuss. It's the most suspenseful movie I've seen since "Ring," and I think it's even better. Like that movie, it put my stomach in knots to prep them for the chills, which rose up like waves out of calm water. I thought "Ring" rather like a Robert Aickman story; this is as near as a movie can come. The director has uncanny skill in knowing where to place the camera and how long to hold a shot. And the leading actress gives a wonderful performance. Her face in the elevator...but that would be giving it away. The conclusion is foreseeable--maybe the ends of all ghost stories are foreseeable--but nonetheless satisfying. If you like tales of quietly disturbing dread, this is one for you.


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