Starring: Yûka, Karina, Kippei Shiina, Tetta Sugimoto, Shun Oguri, Marika
Directed by: Takashi Shimizu
Takashi Shimizu has become one of the most internationally renowned directors
in the current wave of J-Horror. In the year 2000 Takashi Shimizu brought us
the film 'Ju-On'. The movie scared audiences everywhere and even spawned a
sequel. In 2004 Shimizu brought us 'The Grudge', which was the 'Ju-On'
remake released here in the United States. That film also spawned a sequel a
couple of years later. Unlike its predecessor, the American Grudge films were no
more than mild horror movies aimed directly for the younger audiences
(teenagers), which carried a repetitive formula of cheap scares and dark
imagery. Luckily, the movie I am reviewing for you today does not include this
painful formula (thank god). Rinne [Reincarnation] is a Japanese horror movie
that's very reminiscent of Stanley Kubricks 'The Shining'.
In the movie we follow a woman named Nagisa. Nagisa is an actress hired to
star in a new horror film that will recreate the actual mass murder that occurred
in a hotel decades earlier, where a professor slaughtered eleven people while
filming it all on camera. Nagisa is slated to play the professor’s murdered
daughter. To gather research and gain a realistic feel for the movie, the film
crew visits the original, now-abandoned hotel that housed the actual murders.
While settling in the old hotel, Nagisa finds herself haunted by images of the
murders that occurred years earlier. Images of the dead and the graphic
displays that still haunt the place. Nagisa also comes across a camera that may
contain undeveloped footage of the crimes committed by the professor.
This ladies and gentleman is what I call great story telling. I love Japanese
horror movies, they are great. They accomplish what many American horror
movies today fail to do, they scare us. This movie is psychologically frightening
and intense. Rinne carries very little of those cheap "pop-up" scares that have
plagued the horror genre here in the states. The scary moments in Rinne are
suttle and entertaining. As you may have figured from reading the plot, Rinne
doesn't stray too far from the usual mainstream Japanese horror formula. In
fact it's very similar to 'Ju-On' in terms of the supernatural. The movie features
a lot of ghosts, but instead of having characters being haunted by a curse,
Rinne deals with the theory of reincarnation. The idea of a living being surviving
death by being born again as another person.
In other words, they couldn't have picked a better title. The "being born again"
aspect is a huge part of the movie. It's what makes the plot both fascinating
and enjoyable. The way the story plays out is amazing. You'll feel like you're
glued to the screen once you're introduced to some of the plot twists. It will
have you guessing from start to finish. If that isn't satisfying enough, the final
twist at the end is a shocker. It takes a lot to scare me, or even creep me out. I
will gladly admit right now, I thought Rinne was very frightening. It had my
heart racing which made the experience a lot of fun. Whether you may enjoy
the movie or not depends on your level of tolerance. As for me, I had a blast
watching it. The story is great, the twists are great and it's just down right
scary. Rinne is destined to be a future horror classic.
Runtime: 95 minutes
Studio: Lions Gate
Online since: February 20th, 2006
Review done by: Nightmare Child