|Pemain||:||Ayumi Omori, Chisato, Ikuo Matsumara, Kazuya Onishi, Nagisa Sugiura, Norihasa Omori, Tadashi Murakawa, Yamanaka, Yayoi Kinoshita, Yuka Morita|
Japan | Run time: 95 min. | Director: Takashi Shimizu
Japan’s foremost cinematic master of the macabre, Takashi Shimizu (the Ju-on/Grudge films, Marebito), returns to Danger After Dark with this Shining-like tale of a hotel haunted by its violent history.
Japanese director Takashi Shimizu has become one of the most internationally renowned filmmakers in the current wave of “J-Horror” that has followed in the wake of Ring’s success: Shimizu’s series of Ju-on/Grudge films (existing in three distinct incarnations: the shot-for-video originals, their Japanese theatrical release adaptations, and their big-budget American remakes, all helmed by Shimizu) have defined Asian horror in recent years, and his bizarre Marebito screened in last year’s Danger After Dark program. With his new film Reincarnation, Shimizu has delivered a surprisingly traditional, linear ghost story that may be his most accessible film to date – and also one of his scariest. Actress Nagisa is 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. Nagisa is slated to play the professor’s murdered daughter, and when the film crew settles into the original, now-abandoned hotel that housed the actual murders, Nagisa finds herself haunted by images of the murders that occurred years earlier…and she also comes across a camera that may contain undeveloped footage of the crimes themselves. While Shimizu’s earlier films were principally collages of jolts and shocks that gave little importance to linear narrative, Reincarnation represents the director’s most engrossing storyline yet, and the film is wholly engaging on the level of a suspenseful mystery. You won’t jump in your seat so much as you’ll be riveted into it. -- Travis Crawford
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