This collection tells the story of Tomie, a demon in the form of a human female. She has an nearly irresistible power over men, damning them to Hell either by killing her or by killing for her. And when she is dead, she comes back again, to prey on more men.
Watching the entire collection fills in a lot of gaps left by any one film. The most mysterious is the first, Tomie, which leaves many questiona as to her purpose and desires unanswered. The second film, which appears to have been originally made for Japanese TV, Tomie: Another Look, is a trilogy of stories that shows the different ways Tomie has power over men, and answers some of the questions raised in the first.
In Tomie: Replay, the true sequel to Tomie, a six year-old girl is rushed to hospital with a distended abdomen. During surgery, they discover the head of Tomie gestating inside the child. Removed, it grows into a full woman, while the hospital workers present to see the event disppear mysteriously. In this one we learn more about how Tomie can affect her victims through infection as well as through her wiles.
In Tomie: Rebirth, Tomie returns to her usual form, multiplying through possession and being killed. In Tomie: Forbidden Fruit, Tomie takes a lesbian turn, the first real sign that she has power over women as well as men.
When you see the first Tomie, your response is likely to be "HUH?" But if you stick with the series, it does start to make sense. Which is reasonable, seeing as the movies are drawn from a much larger storehouse of horror comics by Junji Ito. Some people love Tomie, and some hate the movies, but this collection gives the whole tale a chance to be told, and you can make up your mind from there.