Arguably an altogether more successful film than "Ringu." The story maintains a tighter focus and Hideo Nakata makes great use of the main character's apartment as a tool to reflect her deteriorating psychology, a la "The Yellow Wallpaper." The definition of a 'slow burn,' the film does lose marks for the long stretches in which it feels less like a horror film and more like a drama about a nasty custody battle.
I remember watching the American remake when I was little, the Japanese version is so much better. It's such a heartbreaking story about what a mother will do for her child that's disguised as a horror film. I wasn't left scared as much as I was left teary-eyed.
Though I don't think Nakata quite drums up either the abject terror or emotional resonance he's aiming for, the film is still an effectively sorrowful character study anchored by the wonderful Hitomi Kuroki and the insufferably adorable Rio Kanno.
A ghost film heartbreaker. Some great atmosphere and eerie scenes add onto the involving Mother/Daughter relationship. One of the more touching Asian horror films around and in the league of the better ones.