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Dark Water
     

Dark Water

Director: Hideo Nakata

Cast: Hitomi Kuroki, Rio Kanno, Mirei Oguchi

 

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Following up on his horror smash hits Ringu and Ringu 2, Hideo Nakata directs this supernatural psychological drama about a middle aged woman struggling to cling to her sanity. Yoshimi Matsubara (Hitomi Kuroki) is the midst of a nasty divorce with her thuggish, abusive husband over the custody of their five year old daughter Ikuko (Rio Kanno). In Japan's

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Following up on his horror smash hits Ringu and Ringu 2, Hideo Nakata directs this supernatural psychological drama about a middle aged woman struggling to cling to her sanity. Yoshimi Matsubara (Hitomi Kuroki) is the midst of a nasty divorce with her thuggish, abusive husband over the custody of their five year old daughter Ikuko (Rio Kanno). In Japan's family court system, which is heavily weighted towards the mother, Yoshimi case would normally be a piece of cake. Unfortunately, Yoshimi has a history of mental imbalance as a result of her miserable, emotionally starved childhood. The transition from housewife to independent working woman has been stressful. She has moved into a fleabag of an apartment -- completely with a constantly leaking roof -- and has had little luck finding employment. Worse, Ikuko and then Yoshimi start seeing a creepy little girl dressed in yellow suddenly appearing in apartment. With a growing sense of dread, Yoshimi starts having outbursts not only in family court, but also at her daughter's kindergarten. When she slumps into a coma after the end of one such fit, she realizes what the girl in yellow is trying to communicate.

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Given the phenomenal success of Ringu, which inspired a sequel, a television series, and a nearly identical American remake (The Ring), it's not surprising that Japanese horror specialist Hideo Nakata would turn once again to household objects as a source of terror. What Ringu did for television sets and video tapes, Dark Water will, for the faint of heart, do for kitchen faucets and leaky ceilings. Nakata certainly can't be blamed for going with what works, but if Dark Water seems at first like a cynical recycling of a successful formula, its director has developed into enough of a formalist to at least make it reasonably compelling. Set in a dreary, rain-soaked suburban landscape of concrete block apartment buildings, some of the film's subtly composed long takes wouldn't be out of place in a Michelangelo Antonioni movie. Its atmosphere is its best asset. The final payoff is nowhere near as elementally terrifying as Ringu's most famous sequence, but enough chills are delivered along the way to keep things interesting. Because it is similar but a bit less effective than its predecessor, Dark Water could end up being a transitional work for Nakata. It opens up the question of whether he will take the easy route with more Ringu-like fare, or find new ways to keep moviegoers up at night.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/21/2005
UPC:
0702727090127
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Section 23
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:40:00

Special Features

Original Japanese trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hitomi Kuroki Itsumi Matsubara
Rio Kanno Ikuko, age 6
Mirei Oguchi Mitsuko Kawai
Asami Mizukawa Ikuko, age 16

Technical Credits
Hideo Nakata Director
Masanori Adachi Asst. Director
Junichiro Hayashi Cinematographer
Takashige Ichise Producer
Taka Ichise Producer
Masayuki Iwakura Sound/Sound Designer
Kiyoshi Kakizawa Sound/Sound Designer
Kenji Kawai Score Composer
Shuichi Kishiura Special Effects
Yoshihiro Nakamura Screenwriter
Katsumi Nakazawa Art Director
Ken-ichi Suzuki Screenwriter
Nobuyuki Takahashi Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [1:08]
2. Left Behind [1:05]
3. Mediation Hearing I [3:30]
4. Apartment 305 [10:11]
5. Moving In [1:19]
6. First Day of School [5:49]
7. No Answers [3:28]
8. Job Interview [5:53]
9. Friends & Family [5:24]
10. Hide & Seek [4:43]
11. Mediation Hearing II [5:04]
12. Ikuko Disappears [11:48]
13. The Apartment Upstairs [5:47]
14. Words of Advice [1:54]
15. Mitsuko Kawai [19:21]
16. 10 Years Later [10:57]
17. Closing Credits [3:18]
1. 2009 Lost Memories [3:30]
2. Yesterday [1:01]
3. Shinobi [1:06]
4. Gun Crazy: Beyond The Law [1:48]
5. Conduct Zero [1:30]
6. Neo Tokyo [:50]

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