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Roommate (2013)

Rûmumeito (original title)
Harumi Hagiwara lands in the hospital after being involved in an accident. She hits it off with her nurse, Reiko Nishimura, and the two decide to move in together after she's discharged. ... See full summary »

Director:

Takeshi Furusawa

Writers:

Aya Imamura (based on the novel by), Takeshi Furusawa (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Keiko Kitagawa ... Harumi Hagio
Kyoko Fukada ... Reiko Nishimura / Mary
Kengo Kôra Kengo Kôra ... Keisuke
Mariko Tsutsui ... Harumi's mother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Minori Hagiwara ... Eri Ogawa
Yukijirô Hotaru Yukijirô Hotaru
Chihiro Ohtsuka Chihiro Ohtsuka ... (as Chihiro Ôtsuka)
Hiroyuki Onoue Hiroyuki Onoue ... Shinichi Hasegawa
Tomorô Taguchi ... Mayor Candidate Yamazaki
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Harumi Hagiwara lands in the hospital after being involved in an accident. She hits it off with her nurse, Reiko Nishimura, and the two decide to move in together after she's discharged. However, Harumi begins to witness a series of mysterious events soon after noticing Reiko's strange behavior. Additionally, she fears for her own safety when Reiko starts referring to herself as 'Mari' as if she's become an entirely different person. Before long, the situation develops into a case of murder. Written by Nippon Cinema

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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The Less Scary but Better Side of Japanese Horror
10 March 2015 | by infernal-eternalSee all my reviews

Japanese horror is a category of its own. It ranges from super-ridiculous B-movies (or is it C?) to cult classics. This one's neither, but it's certainly above average. It doesn't go into any extremes (like many Japanese horrors do) but instead focuses on characters and on making sense.

The plot isn't very original, so it won't blow you away. Compared to most Japanese horrors, though, the story is coherent and well-paced, and acting is above average.

The premise is simple. Harumi and Reiko start living together. After a while, Reiko starts having episodes of acting strange and referring to herself as Mari, which freaks Harumi out. Harumi's trying to figure out what's going on. There isn't much more I can say about the plot without spoilers.

The movie overall isn't very scary. It's not something that will keep you on the edge of your chair. The horror element is certainly there, but most of the movie is more on the drama side. The pacing is slowish, but it didn't feel boring.

More than half of the movie seems pretty straightforward and predictable. The plot twists come later. They're nothing too unusual either, but at least they make sense, and by the end of the movie, everything is explained well-enough to make for a decent story.

All in all, the movie isn't mind-blowing, but it's well done.


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Country:

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Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

9 November 2013 (Japan) See more »

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$1,832,755
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1.85 : 1
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