Dark Water 2002

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Supernatural horror film directed by Hideo Nakata, who also directed the hit films 'Ring' and 'Ring 2'. Hitomi Kuroki stars as Yoshimi, a recently-divorced working mother with a history of mental imbalance. Having won the custody battle for her five-year-old daughter, Ikuko (Rio Kanno), she moves with her daughter into a new apartment. But it isn't long before strange occurrences begin: the ceiling leaks incessantly - and when the ghost of a small girl in a yellow dress starts to appear around the place, Yoshimi's already precarious grip on her sanity gives way completely.

Starring:
Hitomi Kuroki, Rio Kanno
Rental Formats:
DVD

Dark Water

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 38 minutes
Starring Hitomi Kuroki, Rio Kanno
Director Hideo Nakata
Genres Horror
Studio PALISADES TARTAN
Rental release 24 November 2003
Main languages Japanese
Subtitles English

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By J C DeCesare on 3 Oct 2003
Format: DVD
Hideo Nakato (Ring series) is a genius who manages to make proper sinister spooky horror that doesn't rely on gore or jump moments. His tools are music, lighting and long camera shots down dark corridors, and all give the sense that *this* creeping evil is particularly malevolent. Its classic horror that plays on primordial human fear.
The story centres around a mother struggling to make a new life for herself and her daughter amidst a messy divorce. The strangeness begins when they move to a new part of the city, a new school and a new apartment with a perpetually leaky ceiling! I won't give any more of the story away than that, suffice to say I couldn't walk past so much as a puddle after viewing it without wanting to run screaming down dark ill advised alleyways.
If you enjoyed Ring you most certainly won't be disappointed by this. A definite must.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By "das-ubernun" on 25 Nov 2005
Format: DVD
this was the first Japanese horror film i ever saw...
i've noticed since, with films such as Ring (and the sequal and prequal)that the Japanese generally do horror VERY differently to the west...nowhere is it more apparrent than this masterpiece.
where western horror movies rely on "orgasm entertainment" and in-your-face frights, Dark Water builds the tension very slowly, with the ominous reappearing figure, the schoolbag, and the water tank, all building a tense, confused apprehension throughout the film, and the last 30-40 minutes are probably the most terrifying i've ever seen. ever.
if you like the edge of your seat to be well-worn and slightly stained, this movie is DEFINATELY for you.
i would reccomend to to anyone, especially people who "don't like horror movies"
they've remade it in American now. Taking the disgusting slop that was "The Ring" i'm not going to waste my time with it.
sacreliege, if you ask me!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Ludlam VINE VOICE on 29 May 2004
Format: DVD
Nakata (mastermind behind the highly popular Ring films) returns to Japanese cinema screens with this, his eagerly awaited follow-up. Many people in the West have felt hugely let down by it, sadly. I warn you, it has none of the atmosphere of Ring: the gut-wreching terror of those films' set pieces like Sadako crawling up the inside of the well etc. is missing. Until the last ten minutes you will not see anything that will make you very scared. But asking to be scared in the same way as in Ring would be to miss the point of Nakata's slow build-up of eerieness and the way he messes with your understanding of reality.
The central character is a divorced woman who is trying to prove that she is a fit mother for her child. The film heartbreakingly portrays her sadness and frustration when she comes to realise that being a loving parent doesn't necessarily make you a good one. She is also rather disturbed, and Nakata plays around with reality by showing things almost entirely from her perspective,
so you find it difficult to tell when things are actually scary and when she's just overreacting. She screams a lot and there is much sinister music, but you will sometimes find it hard to work out what's scary... at least for the first part of the film. The other characters give welcome relief, and there is a deliberate anti-climactic effect when you see things through their eyes, because everything is normal. The leak in the roof is just caused by a tap left on in the apartment above, and they even discuss how long it has been adding to the residents' water bill. This comically undermines all of the tension that has so far been built up, and the viewer ends up suspecting that it really is all in her head. Even her daughter doesn't seem to find anything scary about the schoolbag.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "whoppitt" on 15 Mar 2004
Format: DVD
Have to agree with most reviews here - the best horror right now is coming from the far east; dark, disturbing & intelligent psycohlogical horror stories with a downbeat ending (Im a sucker for unhappy endings!). I made the mistake of watching this alone one night whilst my wife was at work, and have not been this unnerved by a film since I was about 14 (29 now) & saw the original evil dead. In fact thats probably the last time I had a nightmare after watching a horror film - until I saw this corker! Woke up at 4am in a cold sweat...not good. And no - I don't scare easily. IMHO more unsettling than ringu (though thoroughly enjoyed that film too, although the remake was a complete bastardisation - even thought the american version was going to cop out at one stage & drop the original ending for a cute & cuddly finish); my only complaint is charecter development of the missing girl - eg how her life ended at the place it did, and why she was so malevolent towards the protagonist compared with simply tragic? Saying that - I've only seen the film once so the clues may be in there..really do need to see it again. Thoroughly recommended.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Josh MacNab on 3 Oct 2003
Format: VHS Tape
This film is one of the best films (not just horror) to have come out of Japan. It is directed by Ring master, no not Sauron but Hideo Nakada and the author of Ring, Koji Suzuki. Both men combine (again) to produce a brilliant film. There are inevitably Ring influences but seeing how good that movie is, is that a bad thing? No, I think not. Have you not seen the film then here's a quick synopsis. Unfit Mother Yoshimi (she goes to the same school of bad parenting as Reiko!) fights for custody of her only child Ikuko, she moves in old apartment where there's a leak, things start to go funny as leak gets bigger plus there's an omnipresent red bag that keeps popping up. Ghost of a little girl starts appearing and making Ikuko isolate herself from friends and more importantly her Mother. Things get to a head and the ending has tearjerker all over it. Guys were in tears at the cinema it really does break your Heart. This adds evidence (as if we needed any more) to the debate that Japanese films are more emotionally binding with the viewer than pretentious American rubbish ever can be. One not to miss.
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