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Inugami is a decent take on the "trouble with living in an isolated village haunted by a curse" genre. To my recollection, there aren't really any other films that employ that particular setting, but Inugami manages to make it feel so ordinary and underwhelming that I got the feeling it'd all been done before.
In unkind terms, the movie's a soap opera with supernatural window-dressing. And incest. Plenty of it. The acting starts off reserved but grows increasingly hysterical, much like the pace of the plot itself. What begins as a subtle, beautiful (check out the cinematography) movie quickly devolves into a frenetic shriek-fest.
It's not a bad film, by any means, but it's nothing special, and oddly unrewarding. I don't really recommend this one.
This is a strange film. Although ghosts and spirit gods abound, they are treated in the most perfunctory of ways - they're not the plot, but what moves it. What the film is is more a human drama concentrating on rural life, superstition and incest than an out and out supernatural thriller or horror - though there are a few lurid deaths.
It is a spiritual and dark J-Horror film that leaves mixed emotions. As a Japanese film, I shall not forget the absolute marvelous cinematography. A film I recommend for those who enjoy the psychological and weird Asian cinema.
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