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Yuichi Sato's Japanese horror film Pray opens with two down-and-outers, the conniving Mitsuru (Tetsuji Tamayama) and ruthless Maki (Asami Mizukawa), who -- desperate for money -- abduct a young girl and hole up in a defunct schoolhouse until her guardians pay up. The only problem: their victim is actually a victimizer -- the knife-wielding spirit of a child who died exactly one year ago and, obsessed with vengeance, will stop at nothing to drive her captors into their graves. Kouko Mori, Sanae Miyata, and Fumiyo Kohinata co-star. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi


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A great concept that just plays out poorly. Decent acting by the two leads, but the little girl role is not mysterious enough; not sure if thats the poor script or the acting to blame there. It might have played out better if the producer invested in some 100 watt light bulbs and illuminated the sets a bit; movies played out in near darkness do not necessarily equate to scarier scenes. Pacing likewise is plodding despite a very quick start. Overall a good idea that either ran out of steam or executed below my expectations.

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I'm quite surprised that this movie wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. It still has its issues and its confusing moments, but overall this movie has some nice ideas and it tries to at least do something different, in a way and the acting, especially for such a low-budget movie isn't bad at all. Don't get me wrong, the movie is about as formula as it gets but at least it tried to mix things up in some ways, instead of just doing the same movie over and over. The issue with the movie is mostly the budget, if it had a better budget it would've gone a long way in making the movie feel more major league. Some aspects of the movie are also completely needless. There's basically two stories going here, the one with the little girl and the one with the school girl that died on the school grounds haunting and killing everyone. It's really like watching two movies in one, because the girl haunting everyone was just added for the fuck of it. They tried to tie it with the main plot of the movie but it was so convoluted and so detached from the rest of the story that I'm not really sure as to what its purpose really was. Maybe the movie would've been too short without it, but it really had no purpose AT ALL, especially when the little girl at the end, supposedly, turns out to be why the fuck would she *SPOILERS* inhabit the body of the girl who died on the school grounds to kill her brother's friends. It made absolutely no sense whatsoever. When I think about it that aspect of the movie was completely terrible, so I'll knock it down from 2.5 to 2 stars. That's it really, some more confusing (in a completely different way as compared to Cinderella) story elements, the poor lighting and cinematography drag down a movie that could've been much better with a bigger budget, but again there's some good ideas here especially when compared to the rest of J-horror which, almost always, fall into the same cliches. And this one does in some regards, at least it tries, but I wouldn't really recommend it anyway.

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