Starring: Shinya Tsukamoto, Tomomi Miyashita, Kazuhiro Nakahara, Miho
Ninagawa, and Shun Sugata

Director: Takashi Shimizu

Synopsis: A fear-obsessed freelance cameraman investigates an urban
legend involving mysterious spirits that haunt the subways of Tokyo.


So I'm sure everyone knows that 'Ju-on' is one of my favorite movies. So
when I heard that director Takashi Shimizu was coming out with something
different, I was skeptical at first. Luckily for me my father-in-law had a copy
and he loaned it to me. Anywho, onto my review. From the writer and
director of Ju-on, Takashi Shimizu presents to us Marebito. Marebito tells the
story of a news cameraman named Masuoka. Masuoka had just recently
filmed a man killing himself in the subway station and that experience has left
him wondering, what is fear? He then soon discovers ghosts living in homes
and he learns about a place below the subway, a place that is like the
underworld. He finds his way there and finds a girl naked and chained to a
wall and he takes her back with him to the surface determined to teach her to
act like a human. The only person who ends up changing is him.

I was interested to hear that Takashii Shimizu was doing another movie; at
first I wasn’t too interested in seeing it. But when the release date came it
wasn’t playing at my theater. So I had to wait to see it on DVD. I thought
the movie was pretty cool. It did make you really wonder, was Masuoka
actually crazy and was he making everything up? Or was everything actually
happening? So that did confuse you a bit. Especially when they tell you one
thing, then change it. I enjoyed watching this movie very much, it started off
like a ghost story but then turned into more of a psychological horror. I will
admit this movie wasn’t very exciting and that’s what I did kind of expect,
but it was still good to watch. I did like Shinya Tsukamoto acting in it and he
in fact has been in several other, I guess you can say cult movies. Ichi the
killer and Tetsuo the Iron man to name a couple.

The movie reminded me a bit of a Kiyoshi Kurosawa picture in terms of lack of
music and subtlety, but it did not have the same effect. The movie is actually
based on a novel of the same name, the writer also wrote the screenplay
adaptation. The screenplay was a stand out amongst all things. Psychological
and maybe even a bit vampiric, very original especially at a time when
remakes and copies of other movies are coming out into our theaters. It is
about time everybody went to the foreign section of their video store and see
what they can find. If your still unsure maybe this quote can help;
"Horror, is
actually an ancient wisdom that we find deep in the memory of our souls....."

Overall: 7/10
Genres: Drama, Fantasy,
Horror, Mystery

Rated: R

Country: Japan

Year: 2004

Runtime: 92 minutes

Studio: Tartan Video


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