A star, Miyuki Goto plays Oiwa, the protagonist in a new play based on the ghost story Yotsuya Kaidan. She pulls some strings to get her lover, Kosuke Hasegawa cast in the play, even though he's a relatively unknown actor. Other performers Rio Asahina and Jun Suzuki lust after Miyuki. Off stage the cast's possessive love and obsessions exist as reality. Trapped between the play and reality, the cast's feelings for each other are amplified. When it becomes clear that love isn't meant to be both on and off stage, love turns into a grudge and crosses the blurred line between reality and fantasy.Written by
Toronto International Film Festival
Me and Miike have a strange relationship. I love some things he done before, even things most people don't think are great (Lesson of Evil is my fave and some people hate it!), but there are other movies that are almost indifferent to me.
This is one of them. The last 30 minutes are great but the first and second act are just boring (not slow burner, just slow) and made the end predictable. Great visuals, good allegory and a good use of gore in the last act saved the movie.
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