Japanese Horror at its Best!
I had already seen it a year ago and wanted it in my collection as I have quite a few japanese films (battle royale, ringu, audition). I have also read the book "Dark Water" by Koji Suzuki, a collection of short horror stories based around water (this being the title story). I prefer japanese horror as it sends a shiver down the spine and is a lot more psychological than some of the gory mass-produced hollywood films like nightmare on elm street and the like. This was especially good as it concentrated on a very realistic issue...the need a child has for his/her mother. It's very dark and the ending is quite shocking at a personal level. I wanted to see it again before I saw the hollywood remake with jennifer connelly in (which has had bad reviews but want to see anyways). All in all, it's a very simple ghost haunting, solving the mystery story very well told and I would recommend it to anyone.
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When I first went to see Dark Water at the cinema, I literally jumped out of my seat and swore at one point (much to the amusement of the audience). In the film, Nakata uses long hair in the same way as he did in the Ring, and Dark Water also obviously borrows visual elements from other films such as Don't Look Now. What you get therefore is not a necessarily original horror film, but one that combines influences from a number of sources to excellent effect.
In a way however, it isn't the horror that is central to the film, but the relationship between mother and daughter. Although it has been criticised from the standpoint that, one again, it is the mother making the sacrifice (apparently, this is partly a reflection of the traditional subservient role women have had in Japanese society) I can't imagine anyone watching this film whose sympathies wouldn't lie entirely with the mother,rather than the father.
Rather than the horror aspect, what struck me about the film this time is how incredibly sad it is (in the same way as Kim Ji Woon's "Tale of Two Sisters"). Keep a box of hankies handy!!!
why the originals should be seen before remakes
a very dark and brooding film, with the ussual doose of asian ghost horror very well filmed, superior to the lame remake which has a fantastic cast but no substance, this original ghost story should have been given better press.
film dark water
dark water is a film by hideo nakata this is the same person that done the ring, dark water is a truly terrifying tale and is guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seat as it's chilling intensity increases to the almost unbearably nerve-shredding climax. this is truly a great film and recomend to anyone that loves japanese horror!
Chilling throughout !
If you liked the American version of `Dark Water` you will love this one ! A story of a mother and her young daughter who after a marriage breakup are forced to move into a run down block of flats, only to find something else resides in their new home. One of the best from `Tartan Asia Extreme`From start to finish you will be engrossed into this film, very chilling and edge of your seat, would highly recommend.