I have only learnt of the existence of this gem recently while browsing through my Amazon recommendations, and after reading the reviews and a bit more about it on the internet I was intrigued, so I decided to purchase it. I must say I was not disappointed! This film was fully equipped to entertain me thoroughly on a rainy Sunday afternoon. It is so well crafted and there is so much attention to detail that there are no dull moments. I shall not dwell on the plot because it is better to see for yourself, but it is really well paced and the dizzying editing would inspire any music video director of today. There are clearly advantages in being an experienced advertising film director before moving to features. The story is also so innocent and the lack of proper scares is done intentionally in order to accommodate as wide an audience as possible (in an interview the director said he even lightened the colour of blood to decrease shock value). One must remember that this film was made to jump start the Japanese film industry and get Japanese people (and hopefully the rest of the world) interested in Japanese cinema again. I believe this film does the trick and one is left wanting more. If you like anime, Japanese kitsch humour, ghost stories, surrealism or even in the mood of something silly, funny, trippy or bizarre, then this is the film for you. It has been made with warmth and light heartedness and if you decide to get it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
PS. I must mention the excellent backdrops portraying dramatic countryside landscapes and sunsets and the music is really spot on!!