Shibuya kaidan (The Locker) Reviews
(aka Shibuya kaidan ) Subtitles & 'More Hair'; 2 short movies (only a tinge over an hour) on 1 disk. The 1st one was 'ok' but not crazy about it. I want to know what's with J-Horror vengeful spirits & There always being HAIR (like the spirit's hair is always soooooo long Its like What was the movie ( I think Sara Michelle Gellar starred in the remake) Ju-on I think. In the first movie a group a collage students are camping & telling scary stories When they get home , They all start to see & experience odd happenings. The locker is an urban legend that you either leave a gift in for someone you like & you give it to them & all will go right However there is also a Curse with the locker. A baby was left inside & now haunts all who use the locker. The sequel leaves off as the original ended. Ayano (the young girl being tudored by one of the last movies victims) is in the hospital with Reika. Ayano comes across the key to the Locker and The Cycle starts again. The cops are still trying to solve the 'Unnatural deaths' of the previous movie, a Doctor is trying to find out answers and poor Ayano in the middle of it all. D
Synopsis: A circle of friends spend time together while keeping their stuff in a locker that builds up into a legendary spook taking them out of their lives one by one.
There's not much to tell about this one except that it has some pretty good scares and some good acting from Asami Mizukawa who played the role of Rieka Yajima. It more or less reminded me of "Dark Water" just nowhere near as good.
Kei Horie is probably better in the acting department, but if he does find the drive to direct again, I hope he'll improve himself like Kenta Fukasaku's awful "Yo Yo Girl" to his phenomenal "X-cross" - it could happen.
I recommend that you dont watch this if your used to asian horrors..it wont scare you, I'd only recommend it if you had watched grass grow and paint dry and have gotten bored of that.
So why did I give it 3 stars? Because my standards are declining, apparently. It didn't do anything that really pissed me off, like Phone or Forbidden Siren - it's watered down but at least plays it straight. It's also short and to the point. You could do a lot worse. But The Locker doesn't even come close to nailing the sense of oppression that really makes this genre great. Some really hot Japanese girls though.
I'll still probably end up watching the sequel...because I have nothing better to do.
I still enjoyed watching this movie simply because of the good effects and the message of the story though it was hard keeping up with subtitles....
I can describe this film as the lighter or the soft version of some Jap movies such as Grudge and Ring as most of scares are similar.. like the long black hair coming out in such places.....good thing about this is the background music that goes well in the story.... some scenes are original too..