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With: Shinya Tsukamoto, Tomomi Miyashita, Kazuhiro Nakahara, Miho Ninagawa, Shun Sugata
Written by: Chiaki Konaka
Directed by: Takashi Shimizu
MPAA Rating: R for strong bloody violence and some nudity
Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Running Time: 92
Date: 05/22/2004

Marebito (2004)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)


By Jeffrey M. Anderson

In Takashi Shimizu's Marebito (2004), Japanese director Shinya Tsukamoto (the man behind the disturbing films A Snake in June and Vital) plays a fear-obsessed television cameraman, who descends into the underworld beneath Tokyo and makes a surprising discovery. Shimizu reportedly shot this atmospheric, hypnotic digital video wonder in about 8 days between Grudge movies. Tartan's 2006 DVD release comes with new interviews with both Shimizu and Tsukamoto as well as producer Hiroshi Takahashi. It also comes with the theatrical trailer and trailers for other Tartan releases.

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