Monday, May 11, 2009

One Missed Call (2003) aka Chakushin Ari aka You've Got A Call

3 / 5
Tagline: Death cannot be put on hold...
Directed by: Takashi Miike
Written by: Yasushi Akimoto, Minako Daira
Actors include: Kou Shibasaki, Shin'ichi Tsutsumi, Kazue Fukiishi
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Length: 112 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: Japan

If you haven't guessed by reading the actor's names this is an Asian horror film. It's pretty much one of the "cursed item" series, this time of course it's a cell phone. Folks are getting calls from themselves as they are dying and now it's up the characters to find out why before they receive that phone call. It's laid out rather clearly for Western audiences thankfully, but after seeing films like "Ringu" and "The Eye" and even "Phone" this one falls short of being scary, but it doesn't fall short of being derivative. Still it does try and there is a little bit of a trick to the story so it does fill the J-horror quotient most will be looking for but rarely would I expect to find this on a "best of" list. For those who adore "J-horror" only!

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