One Missed Call


One Missed Call

Critics Consensus

One Missed Call has a few interesting ideas and benefits from director Takashi Miike's eye, but is ultimately too unoriginal to recommend.



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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 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.


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Audience Reviews for One Missed Call

  • Oct 25, 2013
    Shamelessly follows the Ringu formula, but the film has its moments. Offers some good scares, and it isn't really boring. Time-pass stuff.
    Anoop K Super Reviewer
  • Feb 04, 2012
    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.
    Jonathan H Super Reviewer
  • Apr 02, 2011
    4.5/10 Here is a film that was almost on the good side of decent, but staggered right from the start. This causes the admittedly ambitious premise to go to nigh complete waste, and this also causes Takashi Miike's "One Missed Call" to come a bit short when it comes to scares, entertainment, story, characters, or anything, for the matter. Yet, this is not quite a bad film. It's about a mysterious phone-call that people keep getting. The voice is that of their own; but they are always in a dying or near-to-dying state. This strikes our "characters" as particularly odd, and as with nearly all J-horror flicks, the story turns into a mildly entertaining, seldom engaging visual-trip that alas doesn't offer enough of a plot or enough of a visual-trip. It's sad, really. But unwatchable-sad, no. Save that for the remake. The film often tries hard at a good atmosphere, and it almost creates one. I liked how this film used minimal gore, and didn't try to scare us in the cheapest of ways. This is admirable, and the film is at its best when it's not trying to be the creepy, effective horror movie that it just wasn't meant to be. Yes, it's forgettable. So much that I can't even recommend it to horror fans; since this one might put a couple of them to sleep. It's a bore for the most part; never doing much to shock, disturb, or surprise us. At least SOME horror movies could keep me awake for more than 75% of the time, which is more time than most horror films have the potential to manage. This film is not poorly made, poorly acted, or even poorly written. It just isn't as good as it wants to be. But at least they tried; that they did. But it's hard to forgive a film that looks good, but can't scare you. I didn't feel frightened after watching the film, and I found the plot to be unintentionally ludicrous. The idea is pretty good- another smart techno-horror/thriller idea from Japan- but there's not much else to admire about the film. Word to filmmakers: dead people that spit out candy and admittedly cool but forgettable visuals DO NOT SCARE ME. A ghostly virus that kind of spreads through cell-phones, however, does scare me; but this film doesn't embrace the concept all that well. Takashi Miike directed "Ichi the Killer" and "Audition". Those films deserve recognition. If "One Missed Call" deserves any, then it's as a film that would be playing on someone's television within a film. At least it may find solace there.
    Ryan M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 14, 2010
    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.
    Ariuza k Super Reviewer

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