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Shibito no koiwazurai (2001)

Teenager Midori's family moves back to the city where she lived as a child and is relieved to discover that her old friend Ryusuke still lives there. Her terrifying nightmares begin ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Kumiko Akiyoshi ... Kazuko
Mao Asami ... Satou Naoko (as Nao Asami)
Lisa Gotô ... Fukada Midori (as Risa Gotô)
Shuntaro Hani
Hirotarô Honda ... A doctor
Yuki Inomata ... Suzuki Tamayo
... (as Miki Itou)
Yôsuke Kawamura
Kazusa Matsuda ... Yamada Sanae
... Shibayama Ryuuhei
Asumi Miwa ... Tanaka Suzue
Hitomi Miwa ... Enomoto Haruka
Yôichirô Saitô ... (as Chihiro Saitou)
Yôsuke Saitô ... A teacher (as Yousuke Saitou)
Takahashi Shinji ... Tejima Koutarou
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Teenager Midori's family moves back to the city where she lived as a child and is relieved to discover that her old friend Ryusuke still lives there. Her terrifying nightmares begin intersecting with her everyday life. Do her nightly dreams about an anonymous fortune-teller have anything to do with the tragedies plaguing her high school? Written by Anonymous

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Very weird, and very random, ghost story from Japan (The World Capital of Weird)
27 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

I watched this having no idea about the story it's based on, and having no expectations. This turned out to be a very weird ghost story, that was pretty bad, but kinda entertaining.

The acting is really bad, but in an almost campy way, so it's forgivable. The plot goes from completely predictable to throwing in the most random plot twist I think I've ever seen. The twists aren't even original, they just seem to be thrown together arbitrarily.

I thought the story was confusing, and didn't really make sense at times, yet I was still interested in what happened next. The ending is meant to be sad, but there were too many distracting elements to the story, which stopped me from getting into the story. It definitely hits all the major Asian Horror themes... including revenge, and guilt.

The main theme seemed to be that women in love can turn obsessive and dangerously crazy if you break their heart. If you thought the title meant something more romantic, you will be sadly disappointed. There is an obligatory "don't do this" curse too, where people of course do exactly what they are warned not to do, and I'm entertained by those horror scenarios, so that was a bonus.

Overall, by horror standards it's decent, and worth watching if you like J-Horror. However, It's certainly not a must see.


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