A man discovers a newspaper that predicts the future in an unsettling manner in this thriller from Japan. Hideki Satomi (Hiroshi Mikami) is traveling with his wife and daughter when he has to stop to use a pay phone. While waiting, he finds a clipping from a newspaper, which features an obituary -- only the death notice tells of the passing of his young daughter. Only a few minutes later, an accident has claimed his child's life just as described in the obituary. Years later, Satomi is still reeling from the loss of his daughter, and as he slowly loses hold of his sanity, he begins to find other news clippings which foretell the deaths of other friends and family, and he becomes desperate to change their future before it's too late.
Closed Caption; Trailers; Interviews with director and cast; "The Making Of" featurette; Japanese press conference; Visual FX Exposed
As a fan of J-Horror, when I saw the preview for this movie it became a must see. But the preview and even the back of the box got the plot a bit wrong. They make the movie sound like a cross between The Dead Zone and Early Edition, which in some ways it is, but at the sametime it isn't. The plot here is accurate. Premonition is the 2nd from the J-Horror Theater. The first was Infection. But they are stand-alone movies. Premonition can be a bit slow, but it never gets boring. I like flawed characters and Hideki is just that. He feels guilty about the loss of his daughter and the premonitions are pushing him to a breaking point. My only problem was the final act. We get into this sort of alternate reality. Like Infection it does get a bit messy at the end. The ending also was a bit weird and I'm not really sure how much sense it makes. But make no mistake this is a solid horror/thriller that J-Horror fans and horror fans in general can enjoy.