Takakura is a former detective. He receives a request from his ex-colleague, Nogami, to examine a missing family case that occurred 6 years earlier. Takakura follows Saki's memory. She is ... See full summary »
Koji Shiraishi is interested in strange indiscriminate murder at a sightseeing resort. He goes behind the camera to investigate the circumstances surrounding strange occurrences and interview the survivors.
"Dark Tales of Japan" was a DVD I found at Wal-Mart for $5.50, and that seemed like a reasonable deal. It has a few short films on it, and I will give a brief synopsis of them. Overall, the films aren't fantastic (they're made-for-TV quality, short, and have low-grade special effects) but I found them enjoyable just the same.
"Spiderwoman" is the tale of an urban legend about a -- surprise -- spiderwoman. The general story of a journalist tracking her down is pretty good, and it gets decent with the scenes of webbing. But the final reveal is a disappointment, and may have been better off not being in the movie at all.
"Crevices" was possibly the best film on here. It is about an apartment that has all the crevices (cracks, empty spaces) covered up because something or someone is trying to get in. This was enjoyable, and a full-length version of this would have been something like a better version of "Pulse".
"The Sacrifice" was mediocre. The only parts I really enjoyed were the ladies. These are some of the finest women Japan has to offer. The story itself (about a girl cursed because she won't accept a date) is just alright, with a scene involving a big head that I really didn't follow very well.
"Blonde Kwaidan" (Kwaidan means "ghost story") comes from Takashi Shimizu, the creator of "The Grudge", so you'd expect it to be one of the better ones on here. It's just okay. A Japanese man comes to America and is attracted to blonde women. Unfortunately for him, the house he is staying at is haunted by a blonde woman. The plot really made no sense.
"Presentiment" is the longest one on here, and probably second to "Crevices" in quality. A man steals sensitive data from his employer, and becomes trapped in an elevator with three other people only he can see. The basic twist you should catch on to in under 30 seconds, but the very end really makes the film worthwhile. I think it might be too long for what it is, but the suspense and mythology presented are interesting.
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