2 plot point prevent me from rating this higher I.) What motivates Yoshimi to take the apartment when it's made painfully clear that she thinks it's a dump. II.) Why does Yoshimi let her daughter go after fighting so hard for here. (You can say it's metaphorical but I really don't buy that). Wouldn't it have made more sense to report the body to the police so the spirit may be freed?
Not a horror movie really but more in the line of a mystery/drama/tragedy with a emotionally harrowing ending. The cast is very good as is the grimy production design. But the real star here is the music and sound design which manages to create an eerie atmosphere on its own. The direction is solid and things progress weith an ominous slow burn touch.
3.5* Had watched the U.S. remake first and it was extremely hard not to compare them throughout the whole viewing. I did enjoy this one a bit more, though - the subtlety and pacing the original employs helps make the effect of the film a bit more long-lasting, and the cinematography here was lovelier also. However, I do wish this one would've explored the mother's past a bit more.
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.
Fantasmi cattivi e bambine demoniache! Il mito è diventato routine, la routine è diventata cliché. Da aggiungersi il fatto che il bad ending stona parecchio, nel quadro generale e da un film del 2002 mi sarei aspettato qualcosa di un po' più complesso. Decisamente non è il meglio che il mercato orientale può offrire, anche se la pellicola ha i suoi lati positivi.