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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:

Death cannot be put on hold... 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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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the Philippines, the movie poster carries the tagline "For the creators of The Ring and Juon: The Grudge 2." The two mentioned movies have no connection with this movie (except both movies also came from Japan where this movie was originated). See more »

Quotes

Yoko Okazaki: Oh no, it's raining.
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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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A well made horror, courtesy of Miike Takashi.
11 July 2005 | by Akira-36See all my reviews

Most Japanese movies are considered as low-budget compared to their Hollywood counterparts. This is because their production costs are so high. However this factor does not deter Japanese creative production teams to come up with movie gems, in different genres.

In the realm of Japanese horrors for example, a studio working with a limited budget has to resort to Jaws-style direction, in which you hardly see or visualise the ghosts/monsters.

And it is through the movie's simplicity, or by not showing/explaining too much, that J-horrors have turned up the notch on the haunting and horror levels through movies such as Ring and Dark Water. Of course there are the still plenty of gorefest movies such as Suicide Circles and Ichi the Killer, the latter being a courtesy of that notorious but prolific J-director, Takashi Miike.

So it is remarkable and truly rewarding to see how Miike toned down his tastes for the twisted and perverted in One Missed Call. Furthermore he implemented his flair of storytelling through symbolisms and graphic metaphors quite nicely. Any shock/gore elements were used in such a way that they serve the movie, instead of downgrading it to a cheesy flick.

In conclusion, One Missed Call satisfies on many levels, providing you keep an open mind and just enjoy the ride. Another plus of the movie is the appearances of several gorgeous J-idols, such as Kazue Fukishii and Kou Shibasaki. Nifty!


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