Still haunted by his unwanted abilities, which allows him to enter other people’s dreams, and memories of his mother dying when he was a child, Kyoichi Kagenuma (Ryuhei Matsuda) contemplates suicide while slowly drowns in his world of misery.
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Despite the obnoxious and clumsy first film, this sequel uses its building blocks for a more focused and meaningful story. While there is depth in dimension/character drama, it's both murky and underplayed in its tension, while the direction is surprisingly bland for Tsukamoto. The scares are also more in a fantastical realm this time, being both stylistically less chaotic, and subtle, if trite and standardized.