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With: Masami Horiuchi, Shuuji Kashiwabara, Eriko Hatsune, Tsugumi, Kenjiro Tsuda
Written by: Higuchinsky, Kyoichi Nanatsuki, based on a comic by Junji Ito
Directed by: Higuchinsky
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Language: Japanese, with English subtitles
Running Time: 59
Date: 01/01/2000
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Long Dream (2000)

3 Stars (out of 4)

'Dream' Cleaver

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

If you thought Japanese horror was dead, check out Long Dream. It comes from manga writer Junji Ito and director Higuchinsky, both of whom collaborated on the amazing Uzumaki (2000). Long Dream is a step down, given that it was made for television, and suffers from bad production values and a quickie ending, but it still gave me the chills. A hospitalized girl sees a frightening figure at her door and decides that death has come for her. Instead, it's another patient, Mukoda (Shuuji Kashiwabara), who suffers from "long dreams." For example, though he sleeps for only one night, he lives for an entire year inside his dream. When he wakes up he feels like it's one year later, and has trouble remembering what happened the day before. Each night Mukoda's dreams grow longer and longer; soon his dreams begin to change his physical appearance and he starts mixing up dreams and reality. This story is highly intriguing and it begins raising questions as you watch; Higuchinsky keeps the effect going for a while, but eventually turns the story into a thriller about a sneaky doctor and his mysterious experiments.

DVD Details: Facets Video released the 2008 DVD, and the quality is fine for a television production. Extras include interviews with both Junji Ito and Higuchinsky, though the latter prefers to appear with his face pixilated out. There's also an interview with actor Shuuji Kashiwabara, "bonus interviews," and a trailer for this and other Tidepoint Pictures.

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