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House [Hausu] Masters of Cinema [DVD] [1977]

Kimiko Ikegami , Kumiko Ohba , Nobuhiko OBAYASHI    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kimiko Ikegami, Kumiko Ohba, Yko Minamida, Masayo Miyako
  • Directors: Nobuhiko OBAYASHI
  • Format: Anamorphic, Dolby, PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Eureka Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Jan 2010
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002YIUCC2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,865 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


An unforgettable mixture of bubblegum teen melodrama and grisly phantasmagoria, Obayashi's deranged fairy tale HOUSE is one of Japanese cinema's wildest supernatural ventures and a truly startling debut feature. Distressed by her widowed father's plans to remarry, Angel sets off with six of her schoolgirl friends in tow for a summer getaway in her aunt's isolated mansion. But all is not well - in this house of dormant secrets, long-held emotional traumas have terrifyingly physical embodiments and the girls will have to use all their individual talents if any are to survive. A rollercoaster ride without brakes, HOUSE is by turns sinister, hilarious and curiously touching, with ceaseless cinematic invention and a satirical, full-blooded approach to the horror genre. A gigantic smash upon its original release in Japan, the Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present its UK premiere on DVD NEW SPECIAL EDITION including: - New digital anamorphic widescreen transfer - An extensive 90-minute selection of interviews with director Nobuhiko Obayashi, co-screenwriter Chigumi Obayashi, actress Kumiko Oba and Toho promotional executive Shoho Tomiyama -Theatrical trailer - A luxurious booklet, with new writing, stills, promotional material and more.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just when you think you've seen it all..... 6 May 2010
Releases like this make collecting DVDs so rewarding. As the other reviewers have pointed out, this movie is quite a unique experience, one that is admittedly not for all tastes! If yours run towards the horror/cult/weird/fill-in-your-own-blank genres, then this is a MUST SEE experience.Nothing will prepare you for whats in store here! It just never ceases to AMAZE me just how much incredible, undiscovered stuff is still apparently out there waiting to be mined and unleashed on an unsuspecting modern audience!

I'd like to comment also on the great booklet that comes with the disc,thick with notes and stills from the film.For me I really love having the physical "extras"like the booklet, in addition to the video supplementals found on the discs contents.It really adds to the "fun" of having this in your collection. Highly recommended!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre one-off 15 July 2010
Imagine tucking into a huge bowl of warm candy floss laced with LSD - if you had a prediliction for Japanese pop culture your sugary hallucinations could look like this movie. It's obviously aimed at a hyperactive Japanese teenage audience and prolonged exposure can make your teeth hurt but it's a totally unique horror movie and we don't have enough of those. Think Mario Bava crossed with a Wile E Coyote cartoon!
The DVD transfer is suitably vivid and the booklet is excellent. Only minor grumble - the bulk of the extras are presented as a rather dull stretch of talking heads and are not in keeping with the loony atmosphere of the film - it would have been great if they could have been edited into a making of feature. Don't mean this to put anyone off - a release like this is so welcome and should be supported by everyone with an interest in off the wall cinema.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Genius! 7 Jun 2010
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!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Psychedelic comic-horror curiosity 11 Jan 2010
Hausu is a 70s movie unlike anything you've ever seen before really. It starts off straightforwardly with a bunch of giggly Japanese schoolgirls planning their summer vacation and soon finds itself plunged into a wacky LSD trip-like scenario in a haunted/possessed house in the country. I usually find 70s moviemaking a bit of a trial with its headache-inducing zoom shots etc but Kobayashi makes it work here because the whole adventure is so surrealistic and trippy.

The girls, enthusiastically played, are all laughter, charm and innocent naivety but of course then they start to die. How those deaths happen is unpredictable to say the least but 'Final Destination' this is not. The film somehow remains funny and quirky throughout, despite the untimely ends met by the girls. J-Horror fans looking for Ringu scares will be disappointed as, of course, horror today has left 70s movies looking pretty tame. There are scarier things on Dr Who than in this film but that's not the point. At the time this film was made it was revolutionary in its experimental visual effects and twisted storytelling but now it is more of a fascinating curiosity, albeit a milestone in the development of Japanese supernatural moviemaking.

If you realise that you will be amazed, charmed and surprised rather than terrified, then I thoroughly recommend this weird blast from the past.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pure cinema 29 Sep 2013
By Zaroff
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The basis or source, (according to the interviews with the UK Eureka release), for this experience/film, is apparently the directors daughter when she was quite young. She came up with a number of scenarios & fears to expand upon and it all snowballed from there. Big snowball. Tallll mountain. The dvd has a wealth of extras, a solid booklet & excellent picture. Subtitles are very easy to engage with.

As others have pointed out, Mario Bava comes to mind, particularly Kill, Baby Kill. Or perhaps Tex Avery's mindset, as the artificial hyper-reality becomes alternately surreal & daring throughout the film. Is this then an Art film or a horror film? Is it mere cartoonish pre-evil dead, cabin in the woods funfair candy-floss? Thankfully you cannot put the whole of House in a genre. It cannot be simply referred to, off-hand or with any clarity. A synopsis without the imagery fails dismally to convey the changes in tone it takes. Perhaps this is why so many people equate this montage or apparent disorder to drug states or other vibrant metaphors.

Thoroughly enjoyable & entertaining taken as a whole, presuming that suspension of disbelief is done before the credits, in pieces this is the trailershow of a dozen films as one. To measure this against generic fare or even asian cinema alone doesn't do it justice. The director has used almost every cinematic trick in the book, has played with focus, comic book imagery, cut-ups, montage, collage, silent cinema set-ups, and amidst this there is a lyrical gothic thread of a horror film. A solid, no holds-barred, knock off the individuals one by one plotting that reminds of the fairy tale via Angela Carter. Yet it is done with art-house artfulness. It sneaks it all past the retina, despite threatening to evolve into a Joss Whedon musical.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this weird stuff . delivery was ultra fast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really pretty!!
It lives up to its reputation (for those who heard about it). Demented, live action cartoon - the image is manipulated in all sorts of ways, approximative and full of the charm... Read more
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A must see if you enjoy the simple pleasures of man-eating grand pianos, psychotic cats and bananas! Perfect for a movie night.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "WONDERFUL"
A must for anyone with an interest in Japanese film and art-hausu cinema. The DVD comes with a whole host of special features.
Published 15 months ago by Marc Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most mental films I have ever seen
I'm not gonna put any kind of details of the film here the other reviews cover that all I would say is that the print on this dvd is excellent and you should watch this movie it is... Read more
Published 16 months ago by M Falkingham
3.0 out of 5 stars WTF
I don't really know what to make of this film. I really enjoyed the first 80mins but in the last 10mins the film got lost and was just utter tripe. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Crazy House
It's official: there is an insane streak in the Japanese that no other country can rival, and it's been there for a LOOOOONG time. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars FULL HOUSE!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb DVD
If you haven't seen the actual film before, this is certainly one of those films where you say 'Well I've never seen that before' almost every scene. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insane fun!
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