Chakushin Ari (One Missed Call) (2004)
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Visionary horror film director Takashi Miike delivers a typically stylish and idiosyncratic scare-fest with this thriller. Yumi Nakamura (Kou Shibasaki) is a mildly paranoid young woman whose good friend, Yoko, receives a strange and mysterious call on her cell phone. The phone's read-out says that the call came from Yoko's own number, but from three days into the future; 72 hours later, Yoko dies in a bizarre accident moments after getting the same call over again. Yumi learns that Yoko isn't
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A prolonged, maddening, predictable -- yet curiously pleasurable -- descent into incomprehensibility.
One Missed Call is a mess.
One Missed Call staggers under the weight of its director's taste for baroque excess.
There is something uniquely delicious in what the film says about the desperation of some cell users.
So unoriginal that the movie could almost be a parody of J-horror tropes, yet Miike, for a while at least, stages it with a dread-soaked visual flair that allows you to enjoy being manipulated.
No more than Miike's shot at generating a polished, rote, expertly composed J-horror flick.
At the movie's core is a mystery that simply isn't even remotely interesting...
Miike's return to the horror genre is a slicker and less original affair than Audition, but also sharply dissects the J-horror phenomenon even as it scares the hell out of you.
It'd feel a whole lot creepier if it weren't exactly like that haunted videotape flick.
There is very little in One Missed Call that we have not seen before. And yet it works.
Miike reins in his anything goes impulses...but still smuggles in his sense of humor and flair for the grotesque, often at the same time.
Even with nothing at stake emotionally, though, he conjures some real scares.
The film is slow and somber during the windup but pretty scary in the follow-through.
All we really learn is that Japanese scream queens and kings can act as poorly as their stateside counterparts.
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