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One Missed Call (2003)

Chakushin ari (original title)
People mysteriously start receiving voicemail messages from their future selves, in the form of the sound of them reacting to their own violent deaths.

Director:

Takashi Miike

Writers:

Yasushi Akimoto (novel), Minako Daira (screenplay) (as Miwako Daira)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ko Shibasaki ... Yumi Nakamura (as Kô Shibasaki)
Shin'ichi Tsutsumi ... Hiroshi Yamashita
Kazue Fukiishi Kazue Fukiishi ... Natsumi Konishi
Anna Nagata Anna Nagata ... Yoko Okazaki
Atsushi Ida Atsushi Ida ... Kenji Kawai
Mariko Tsutsui ... Marie Mizunuma
Kumiko Imai Kumiko Imai
Keiko Tomita Keiko Tomita
Kayoko Fujii Kayoko Fujii
Yoshiko Noda Yoshiko Noda
Azusa Azusa ... Ritsuko Yamashita
Tetsushi Tanaka Tetsushi Tanaka
Mitsuhiro Sato Mitsuhiro Sato
Kaoru Hanaki Kaoru Hanaki
Hassei Takano Hassei Takano
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Storyline

People mysteriously start receiving voicemail messages from their future selves, in the form of the sound of them reacting to their own violent deaths, along with the exact date and time of their future death, listed on the message log. The plot thickens as the surviving characters pursue the answers to this mystery which could save their lives. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Kuru. (It's coming.) See more »

Genres:

Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, disturbing images and brief nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

17 January 2004 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

One Missed Call See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$542,580 (Japan), 16 January 2004, Limited Release
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Kadokawa-Daiei Eiga K.K. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

During the opening credit sequence, one of the cell phone ring-tones is the theme song from an earlier Takashi Miike film, Gozu (2003). See more »

Quotes

Yoko Okazaki: Oh no, it's raining.
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Connections

Referenced in The Fear (El Miedo) (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Ikutsuka no Sora
(Few Skies)
Vocal by Ko Shibasaki (as Kou Shibasaki)
Written by Yasushi Akimoto
Composed by Jin Nakamura
Arranged by Chokkaku
Universal J / Chimera Energy
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Timelines don't lie
6 September 2005 | by squelchoSee all my reviews

For those who think this movie is derivative, and specifically cite Ju-On, Ringu, and Dark Water as its inspiration, perhaps they should check the release date of MPD Psycho. It's 2000, the same year that Ju-On was premiered on TV.

I wouldn't go so far as to say that Takashi Miike invented this spooky technology genre, but the evil spirit/ghost in the machine in MPD Psycho originally moved from host to host via mobile phone and internet connection. Maybe Miike was influenced by Joe Dante's electrical Gremlin, or Wes Craven's Shocker. Only he would know. Whatever the reality, One Missed Call, plays out like MPD Psycho episode seven, shot on film instead of digital video, so it looks darker, less jokey, and consequently, more professional. The ring-tone even has an air of eerie familiarity about it.

As an oblique footnote to the MPD series, it's pretty good. As a moody grudge movie in its own right, it punches well above its weight.


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