Directed by Hideo Nakata
In the midst of a divorce, Yoshimi moves with her daughter Ikuko into a shabby apartment to start a new life. But there’s something strange about this building. The water leaking from the ceiling that doesn’t seem to have any natural source, and then other creepy H20-hauntings occur. What supernatural secrets does this building hold? Director Hideo Nakata cemented his position as the godfather of J-Horror after adapting another scary tale by author Kôji Suzuki, who wrote the source material for Nakata’s breakout 1998 smash RINGU. Contains strong horror.
A mother and daughter are haunted after moving into a building with supernatural secrets.
Cast: Hitomi Kuroki, Rio Kanno, Mirei Oguchi
On my radar for a long time and didn't disappoint. This isn't everyone's cup of tea and I usually hate slow burn horrors but if you like silent hill and j horror in general you will like this. Moving, eerie. If you know horror can be more than just scary you'll appreciate this
I want to know why she didn't hand the bag into a local police station and why she never reported the tap water tasting weird. I mean it's an old, poorly maintained building God knows what she could've been ingesting. Other than I thought it was a pretty good movie.
Atmospheric, elegant and intriguing, and not the ending I expected, which I think made it more satisfying than a *spoilers* conventionally 'happy' ending. Although I do wish the origin of the spirit had been developed further... Why was her mother absent, to the point the child was left alone to wander and drown? Why was her spirit so malevolent that she had to claim Yoshimi? What was the reaction of the other characters, upon Yoshimi's seemingly inexplicable disappearance? Either way, I have discovered there's an American remake, which I plan to watch; although I expect will be lacking in the moody intensity in this original. If you enjoy psychological thrillers, and similar stuff like The Ring and The Grudge, this ones for you.
Pretty good. A lot of these Japanese horror films from this time frame make the feels on the bus go round and round. Scare factor is there but it's more just an unsettling type of film. Good though.
Touching story and ending though I definitely thought the explanation of the ghost would be more involved than it ended up being. I enjoy a slow burn and this is definitely a good ghost story overall for me.