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Good mystery movie, I wouldn't really call it a horror film because... it's just not scary. Well-made, thought provoking, tense, strange, entertaining? Yes. Scary? No.
This is the film that basically started the J-Horror craze of the late 90's/early 2000's. I really enjoyed it although the effects were not as great as something that you would see in a Hollywood horror film. At the time of its release it was better than 95 % of the horror junk put out here in the states though. A lot of tension and an interesting ending. It has been too long since I have seen the American remake so I couldn't say which is better.
Classic J-Horror. Subtle tension and atmosphere escalates to a knockout ending, with a much more ambiguous ending than the Americanized remake. The one that started the last great horror movement.
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This movie ranks #32 in TSZDT's The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films
This movie ranks #74 in Empire's The 100 Best Films of World Cinema
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This movie ranks #286 in Jennifer Eiss's 500 Essential Cult Movies
This movie ranks #414 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2000
This movie ranks #469 in Mark Cousins's The Story of Film: An Odyssey
This movie ranks #747 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
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