One Missed Call (2003)
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 the only person to have had this experience; the spirit of a vengeful woman has been creeping into people's cell phones, and one by one is taking the lives of the folks in their internal telephone books. As Yumi struggles to solve the mystery of how and why this could be happening before someone else dies, she discovers the story has more to do with her than she imagined. Chakushin Ari was a major box-office success in Japan, where leading lady Kou Shibasaki is a popular recording artist as well as an actress. … More
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Critic Reviews for One Missed Call
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.
Audience Reviews for One Missed Call
The first act of One Missed Call is masterful, with Miike utilizing his most clever devices since Ichii, but the film is ultimately undone by weighty exposition and too much excess. Aside from the terrific TV station scene, you can really sense the struggle of an unconventional filmmaker trying to find his comfort zone in a commercial enterprise.More
The idea of this is very similar to the grudge or just to another horror film that was already made at the time but I must put One Missed Call as something different and scary at times despite all its flaws and its terrible remake that should be left in the dark forever. So yet another simple yet freaky story.
People mysteriously start receiving voicemail messages from their future selves, in the form of the sound of them reacting to their own violent deaths, along with the exact date and time of their future death, listed on the message log. The plot thickens as the surviving characters pursue the answers to this mystery which could save their lives. Or die horribly trying in the process.
The remake itself was just awful why they made that OR even remake our movies is a mystery to me. I walkout out of the remake at the 55 minute mark my all time record was Caligula re-release at 24 minutes. I love Takashi Miike Ichi the Killer that is just brutally awesome but this has its flaws yes but I find it to be good despite what otherts put it.
Kô Shibasaki and Shin'ichi Tsutsumi do okay jobs despite there major acting problems and to the others I wont hold my breath. The storey is like a major rip off of other ghost films and to people that have seen lots of them the similatys will hit you sooner or later. That exorcism scene was like WTF but maybe that was just me. Some freeky settings but that's about it I guess.
My final line is, see it if you are a major horror fan and DON'T see the remake.
Wouldn't say I ever liked this that much though somewhat scary just really boring and we have seen it all before. To me this is just another hunted house movie that tries to be scary doing what the grudge did as well as the ring and just putting it together. Meany seems to like this and it was successful but I just thought it was average. The remake was just plain awful one of the worst I have seen.
People mysteriously start receiving voicemail messages from their future selves, in the form of the sound of them reacting to their own violent deaths, along with the exact date and time of their future death, listed on the message log. The plot thickens as the surviving characters persue the answers to this mystery which could save their lives.
I thought the story was just kario, the grudge, the ring put to together to make really one boring movie that scars yes. But most time you can easily see what's going to happen.
30% for story scary but really lacks
60% for acting its okay and pulls throw you can see there flaws
60% for special effects not much here but it looks okay though
70% for characters some are likeable other are not you just don't seem to care
50% for everything else music came for Kario so in this it just doesn't work.
I would say skip but if you like horrors go for it.
Yumi's friends begin receiving phone calls from their own numbers with a date in the future, and they wind up dead on that date; she fears she too is on the murderer's call list. Miike recycles ideas from the superior AUDITION; attempts to provide psychological depth via child abuse backstories and multiple twist endings can't salvage this talky, overlong effort with too few scares.More
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