5.7/10
301
2 user 4 critic

When They Cry (2008)

Higurashi no naku koro ni (original title)
Early summer, Keiichi had just moved to a remote mountain village. As he becomes close friends with a group of girls, he was enjoying his life in the village. However when he starts to ... See full summary »

Director:

Ataru Oikawa

Writers:

Ataru Oikawa (screenplay), Ryukishi07
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

When They Cry: Kai (TV Series 2007)
Animation | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

In this continuation of the hit horror anime, secrets are revealed as Rika Furude desperately attempts to save Hinamizawa and her friends from their tragic fate

Stars: Yukari Tamura, Mai Nakahara, Mika Kanai
When They Cry: Rei (TV Mini-Series 2009)
Animation | Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The infamous series of unexplainable murders in Hinamizawa have been solved and the chains of fate have broken due to the efforts of Rika Furude and her friends. Rika believes she has ... See full summary »

Stars: Yukari Tamura, Mai Nakahara, Sôichirô Hoshi
Action | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A young girl's troubles bring fear and madness to her entire village.

Director: Ataru Oikawa
Stars: Aika, Rin Asuka, Ayako Kawahara
When They Cry (TV Series 2006)
Animation | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The story of a group of young friends and the mysterious events that occur in the rural village of Hinamizawa.

Stars: John Snyder, Sôichirô Hoshi, Mai Nakahara
When They Cry: Kira (TV Mini-Series 2011)
Animation | Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

With things such as story out of the way, Higurashi cranks up the fan service with Kira, a new OVA series to commemorate the series' 10th anniversary, featuring nail-biting situations such ... See full summary »

Stars: Sôichirô Hoshi, Mika Kanai, Mai Nakahara
When They Cry (TV Series 2016)
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Early summer, Keiichi had just moved to a remote mountain village. As he becomes close friends with a group of girls, he was enjoying his life in the village. However when he starts to ... See full summary »

Stars: Hinata Honma, Yû Inaba, Tomohiro Kaku
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A spin-out sequel to the popular Japanese thriller. This time it focuses on the character "L."

Director: Hideo Nakata
Stars: Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Sota Aoyama, Shunji Fujimura
When They Cry (Video 2007)
Short | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Animation | Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

June 1998: Shiki has had a near death experience. Awakening from a coma, she has lost something very important to her, leaving a great void in her soul. A void that some beings from the ... See full summary »

Director: Takayuki Hirao
Stars: Maaya Sakamoto, Ken'ichi Suzumura, Takako Honda
Shiki (TV Series 2010)
Animation | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

When many deaths occur in the quiet village of Sotoba, Doctor Toshio Ozaki initially suspects an epidemic but soon becomes convinced that something else is causing them.

Stars: Tôru Ohkawa, Koki Uchiyama, Kazuyuki Okitsu
Hell Girl (2005–2006)
Animation | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

When someone wants revenge, they post about it on a special website at midnight. Then Hell Girl appears to do their bidding.

Stars: Mamiko Noto, Masaya Matsukaze, Takako Honda
When Seagulls Cry (TV Series 2009)
Animation | Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A family reunion is held on a secluded island. The dying patriarch wants to see his lost love one last time, so he tries summoning her with black magic and that's when the murders begin. Third installment in the "When They Cry" series.

Stars: Ken'ichi Suzumura, Daisuke Ono, Yui Horie
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Gôki Maeda Gôki Maeda ... Keiichi Maebara
Airi Matsuyama Airi Matsuyama ... Rena Ryugu
Rin Asuka Rin Asuka ... Mion Sonosaki
Aika Aika ... Rika Furude
Erena Ono Erena Ono ... Satoko Hojo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yôko Hoshi Yôko Hoshi ... Aiko Maebara
Ayako Kawahara Ayako Kawahara ... Miyo Takano
Hitomi Miwa Hitomi Miwa ... Rumiko Chie
Ren Osugi ... (as Ren Ôsugi)
Tetta Sugimoto Tetta Sugimoto ... Kuroudo Oishi
Koutaro Tanaka Koutaro Tanaka ... Kyosuke Irie (as Kôtarô Tanaka)
Masashi Taniguchi Masashi Taniguchi ... Daiki Tomita
Miho Yabe Miho Yabe
Zenkichi Yoneyama Zenkichi Yoneyama ... Ichiro Maebara
Hiroo Ôtaka Hiroo Ôtaka
Edit

Storyline

Early summer, Keiichi had just moved to a remote mountain village. As he becomes close friends with a group of girls, he was enjoying his life in the village. However when he starts to become suspicious that Rena, Mion and the others that Keiichi trusted may be deeply involved in successive murders that occur every summer, the situation around Keiichi gradually starts to turn. As if the girls' characters had completely changed, a sewing needle is found in his food, he is chased by mysterious men, and is involved in an accident which could have killed him. He could no longer trust anyone, and then one mystery leads to another, bringing out a shockingly bloody ending.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

10 May 2008 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Shrill Cries of Summer See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

DTS-Stereo | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Followed by When They Cry: Reshuffle (2009) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
I can still recall … our last summer of fear
18 April 2009 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

"Shrill Cries of Summer" is an oddly paced and mysteriously unfolding Japanese thriller/folklore story that is likely to become very successful within now and a couple of years time. The reason for this is that the film is already the umpteenth cash-in of a popular Asian video game with the same name. Following a slow sales rate at the beginning, the game successively got turned into a Magna version and a comic book edition. The basic plot is nowhere near original or shocking, but admittedly this movie does bath in an atmosphere of sheer creepiness and the extremely slow pacing honestly does make the viewer feel very uncomfortable. All this is quite contradictory to the usual and nowadays hugely popular trend of video game adaptations. Customarily these movies are hideously edited, chaotic, imbecilic, boisterous and virtually without concept ("Silent Hill", "House of the Dead", etc…), but "Shrill Cries of Summer" is slow-brooding, convoluted and mentally challenging.

The best way to carefully describe the plot is by saying it's reasonably reminiscent to one of the all-time greatest horror genre milestones "The Wicker Man"; even though I already risk revealing too much by making this comparison. It's an unsettling story combining deliciously old-fashioned folklore horror ingredients such as small town pagan rituals, suspicious hospitality, secluded thematic festivities, dark historical rumors and lusciously willing girls. It feels as if young adolescent Keichi arrived in paradise when he moves from Tokyo to the remote little countryside town of Hinamizawa. The only classroom in school is full of attractive and unceasingly smiling young girls that all volunteer to take Keichi on an extended guide tour and show him the beautifully picturesque region. Keichii also learns that the postcard town nearly got wiped off the maps because of the planned construction of a gigantic dam, but the project abruptly got canceled when the architect's mutilated cadaver was found on the construction site. Since this macabre event, that practically the whole community denies it ever happened, several more vicious and unsolved murders took place in Hinamizawa and the victims all seemed to somehow boycott the town's prosperity … or at least they did in the eyes of the devoted locals. "Shrill Cries of Summer" could have been even better, in my humble opinion, if some of the overlong and irrelevant sub plots were cut a little shorter, but it's nevertheless a deeply impressive and refreshingly different type of Asian horror movie. The suspense steadily builds up towards a masterful – and extremely gruesome – climax and the scenery is indescribably magnificent. The acting performances are particularly exceptional in this film and I think I've hardly ever encountered such likable teenage characters in a horror movie before. Airi Matsuyama (as Rena) and Rin Asuka (as Mion) are also undoubtedly the cutest, sexiest and most charismatic Japanese girls I've ever seen, which definitely helps making the movie easier on the eyes. The very stylish and elegant photography as well as the enchanting soundtrack finally also contribute in making "Shrill Cries of Summer" a warmly recommended chiller.


8 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed