Shikoku (1999)





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In this supernatural thriller from Japan, Hinako (Yui Natsukawa) is a young woman with a successful career as a fashion designer who pays a visit to the village on the island of Shikoku where she grew up. Hinako learns that her best friend from childhood, Sayori (Chiaki Kuriyama), the daughter of the village's spiritual leader, died in a mysterious drowning accident. She also discovers that another childhood friend, Fumiya (Michitaka Tsutsui), is still living on the island, and as they renew their friendship Hinako finds herself sexually attracted to Fumiya. They're both startled when Sayori's spirit begins appearing to them, and they begin researching Shikoku folklore; they discover that the island is believed to be the gateway to another world, and Sayori's mother is trying to open the path so her daughter can return to this realm. Shikoku marked a change of pace for director Shunichi Nagasaki, who previously made the romantic drama Some Kinda Love. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Rating: NR
Genre: Art House & International , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: Shunichi Nagasaki
In Theaters: wide


Yui Natsukawa
as Hinako
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
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Shikoku lacks the dark and unsettling atmosphere that makes films such as Ringu and Pulse so spine-chilling.

November 7, 2004

Audience Reviews for Shikoku

This is just a lifeless ghost tale about a drowned girl whose mother attempts to bring her back to life, which naturally leaves her as a murderous revenant rather than the sweet school-girl that she'd loved. Possibly worth a look for fans of Chiaki Kuriyama (Gogo Yubari of Kill Bill fame), but she honestly doesn't have a ton of screen time, so you might just pass. For completists only.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

Interesting, quiet, and creepy Japanese horror/drama. Not outright scary, but atmospheric and intriguing. Nice use of locations, too. Worth a look if you something different from "The Grudge" or "The Ring".

Paul Cardullo
Paul Cardullo

I found this film really boreing. The production quality seems very low as well.

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