Yogen (Premonition) Reviews

  • Sep 19, 2013

    Slow in spots, but consistently well directed. Eerie, with a surprising and awesome finale. The American adaptation really messed up the concept.

    Slow in spots, but consistently well directed. Eerie, with a surprising and awesome finale. The American adaptation really messed up the concept.

  • Jul 16, 2013

    Yogen is one of the later stage J-horror films to come about after Ringu and Juon-initiated furore. Like them, it deals with a curse that needs investigating in order to (hopefully) beat it, but its never a cheaply disguised cash in as the One Missed Call movies were. In Yogen, the curse is centred on ghostly newspaper articles that foretell future tragedy, and pick one person as the conduit for such "premonitions". A professor loses his daughter in a tragic accident shortly after having it foretold by one of the aforementioned, and years later, along with his ex-wife, tries to unravel the mystery, and perhaps make the past right again, or lose himself to the curse trying. The film has some powerful, if not downright distressing dramatic points, but much of plot between those points develops much too slowly, something that is not helped by intensely morose performances. However, as with most J-horror, not everything will make sense... in a good way. That is after all part of the allure. Yogen in particular leads to a rather satisfying, mind-bending climax that may involve intriguing elements of time travel.

    Yogen is one of the later stage J-horror films to come about after Ringu and Juon-initiated furore. Like them, it deals with a curse that needs investigating in order to (hopefully) beat it, but its never a cheaply disguised cash in as the One Missed Call movies were. In Yogen, the curse is centred on ghostly newspaper articles that foretell future tragedy, and pick one person as the conduit for such "premonitions". A professor loses his daughter in a tragic accident shortly after having it foretold by one of the aforementioned, and years later, along with his ex-wife, tries to unravel the mystery, and perhaps make the past right again, or lose himself to the curse trying. The film has some powerful, if not downright distressing dramatic points, but much of plot between those points develops much too slowly, something that is not helped by intensely morose performances. However, as with most J-horror, not everything will make sense... in a good way. That is after all part of the allure. Yogen in particular leads to a rather satisfying, mind-bending climax that may involve intriguing elements of time travel.

  • May 22, 2013

    Spoilers sure is scary when it tells about your tragic future.

    Spoilers sure is scary when it tells about your tragic future.

  • Nov 11, 2012

    A tad bland, but looks great. The thing is, if you've seen a lot of modern Japanese horror, you've seen this.

    A tad bland, but looks great. The thing is, if you've seen a lot of modern Japanese horror, you've seen this.

  • Sep 02, 2012

    I was sceptical about this movie, having gradually become tired of the J-horror predictable format, but this broke rank a little. There are some genuinely moving moments and two very sympathetic leads. The scares are few and far between, but when they do come they are rather effective and it tends to be more about the overall atmosphere than individual shocks. Rather than the usual J-horror ending (it turns out to be a spooky girl who was bullied to death) there's a nice twist. Not the greatest movie of all time- perhaps diluted in its impact because of the constant drip of mediocre Japanese horror that we're presented with- but certainly one to watch.

    I was sceptical about this movie, having gradually become tired of the J-horror predictable format, but this broke rank a little. There are some genuinely moving moments and two very sympathetic leads. The scares are few and far between, but when they do come they are rather effective and it tends to be more about the overall atmosphere than individual shocks. Rather than the usual J-horror ending (it turns out to be a spooky girl who was bullied to death) there's a nice twist. Not the greatest movie of all time- perhaps diluted in its impact because of the constant drip of mediocre Japanese horror that we're presented with- but certainly one to watch.

  • Aug 24, 2012

    The Japanese simply know how to make better horror films, and surprisingly with less CGI.

    The Japanese simply know how to make better horror films, and surprisingly with less CGI.

  • Jun 14, 2012

    weird movie, pretty cool though storyline was kinda eerie

    weird movie, pretty cool though storyline was kinda eerie

  • May 21, 2012

    Very creepy stuff. Not in terms of gore, but in thrills. I'm not even willing to watch it a second time. Not because it's bad, but because it sends shivers down my spine the first time, a feeling I wouldn't want to have again anytime soon.

    Very creepy stuff. Not in terms of gore, but in thrills. I'm not even willing to watch it a second time. Not because it's bad, but because it sends shivers down my spine the first time, a feeling I wouldn't want to have again anytime soon.

  • Apr 24, 2012

    More suspense/horror than straight horror. In fact, no real horror elements come in until late in the film. I'm not sure what the "horror" label says to audiences outside the US, but American moviegoers who have a taste for horror films may be disappointed in this. Avoiding any labels, it's a well-woven, intriguing, and touching story with excellent performances.

    More suspense/horror than straight horror. In fact, no real horror elements come in until late in the film. I'm not sure what the "horror" label says to audiences outside the US, but American moviegoers who have a taste for horror films may be disappointed in this. Avoiding any labels, it's a well-woven, intriguing, and touching story with excellent performances.

  • Apr 19, 2012

    Beautifully done movie, just about everything about it is perfect. And you really feel for the characters, and you really care for what happens to them. With a really creepy overall atmosphere and excellent acting, yeah. This was a great flick.

    Beautifully done movie, just about everything about it is perfect. And you really feel for the characters, and you really care for what happens to them. With a really creepy overall atmosphere and excellent acting, yeah. This was a great flick.