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With: Noriko Nakagoshi, Eriko Hatsune, Yuka Itaya, Naoko Otani, Arata Furuta
Written by: Ataru Oikawa, Kei Oishi, Takamasa Sato, based on a novel by Kei Oishi
Directed by: Ataru Oikawa
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Running Time: 94
Date: 06/16/2007

Apartment 1303 (2007)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Hell Rent

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

According to the video box, this Japanese ghost story comes from author of The Grudge, but I was unable to confirm this. (As far as I could tell the only link is that both movies were shot by cinematographer Tokusho Kikumura.) Apartment 1303 is based on a novel by Kei Oishi, and regardless of comparisons with The Grudge, this movie offers nothing new. A girl moves into a haunted 13th floor apartment and throws herself out the window. Her sister and a curious cop investigate. Tartan released the DVD in late 2007 with a photo gallery and a trailer. A 3D American remake is forthcoming.

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