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Uzumaki [DVD]


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  • Actors: Eriko Hatsune, Fhi Fan, Hinako Saeki, Eun-Kyung Shin, Keiko Takahashi
  • Directors: Higuchinsky
  • Writers: Chika Yasuo, Junji Ito, Kengo Kaji, Takao Nitta
  • Producers: Dai Miyazaki, Mitsuru Kurosawa, Sumiji Miyake
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Warrior
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Mar 2003
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008MJ0C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,440 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mordum on 14 Aug 2003
Format: DVD
Based on the Uzumaki graphic novel's by Junji Ito, this movie adaptation, directed by Higuchinsky, is an amazing visual feast.
The plot revolves around the people of a smalltown 'Kurouzucho', who are becoming increasingly obsessed with the spiral patterns which seem to be taking over the entire town.
The transfer from book pages to the big screen have been achieved amazingly well, much of the images from the book have made it into the film in all their glory (especially the imaginative death scenes), thanks to great work by the special effects team. Solid performances all round by the cast, and an atmospheric score complete a great film. Any fan of Asian cinema (or film in general!) should definately pick this one up.
This DVD package comes with behind the scenes footage, artwork, promotional material, and the usual trailers and cast/crew bio's.
A decent DVD package and possibly the best film I have seen all year give this 5 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By raven_guest on 21 Dec 2005
Format: DVD
I'm still not sure what to think of this film. I was so eager to be scared and freaked out by it, but felt a little disappointed. There is so much that could be cut out of the film and not make a difference. Silences used for effect went on too long.
The things that were good about the film were fantastic though, I loved the effects, the ideas were fresh and not the usual ju'on repetativeness that seems to be churned out by the truckload. Give it a chance but don't look at the box too closely or read the back as it ruined it for me.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Hedgewitch King on 24 Jun 2003
Format: DVD
Uzumaki is a horror movie based on the manga of the same title, while things start off as they do in the original comicbook, things tend to go off course a bit and alter the original's timeline.
Most of the latter half of the manga is missing from the movie, which is a shame, but given that the movie has onlt 90 minutes to tell the story, it can be forgiven.
Uzumaki centers around a small coastal town called Koruzocho, a town infected with spirals. Spirals are everywhere, they swirl i nthe clouds above the city, the are in springs, in snail shells, they are on our finger tips and inside out ears. In Koruzocho, however, they go alot further, even forming tuimy whirlpools in the steet gutters after rainfall. Within the town, two students named Kirie and Shuichi, who are dating begin to unravel the danger of these spirals as chaos begins to mount around them. People start to turn int osnails, others get fixated with the spirals, but that is only some of the dears they will uncover.
Some portions of the manga arte transferred truthfully, but much of the manga is missing, especially the disturbing chapters on the pregnant women feeding off the blood of other, Jack In A Box is also cut short, the latter half missing from the movie.
While recommended, it is better to read the manga before watching this release, it explains alot more than the movie does and delves alot deeper into the mystery and origins of the spirals that infect Koruzocho. I also found the movie to be round up far to quickly, but the way this is handled is done well.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Knight on 10 Oct 2004
Format: DVD
I really wanted to like this film as im a big fan of the original trilogy of books by Junji Ito. It starts well, its shot well and the acting is okay but, in my opinion, wastes so many set pieces and feels unfinished.
This should have been a series of films or TV series although it is understandable that the budget required to created the visuals in the latter books would have been huge.
If you don't know the books then you may enjoy this film although you will be left wanting more as the film just finishes with no real conclusions.
If you have read the books, you will be dissapointed.
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Format: DVD
The three-part comic novels are brilliant and well worth more reads due to them being so full of really far-out and memorable scenes.

Sadly, this film, although very good, is way too short and doesn't include the more 'interesting' scenes from the comics. It could easily nail most of it in perhaps 3 hours.

The key scenes are there but without the elaboration you read in the books. I think a lot more could have been added to make an even more unforgettable and quite horrible experience! Would need the 18 certification but unsure if it would be deemed TOO much for production? Be interesting to know. More human snails, the eerie mosquito women scene and the row houses in book 3 would explain a lot more about the horrors of the elusive "Spiral" phenomina.

It is visually stunning, greens and vivid reds and reminds you that it is a comic book tale. A psychadelic look.

One of my favourite films for sheer imagination and definately recommended to Manga/comic/surrealism fans or anyone wishing to see something quite different. I mean, suicide in a top loader washing machine??? Great!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MikesFilmTalk on 28 Nov 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Five stars is not enough for this fantastic film. The director started out making videos (rock, etc) and is a devotee of manga - where uzumaki originates - and the film looks like live manga! the set up of each shot looks like a manga frame. The overall look of this film is atmosphereric and the acting by the young heroine (in her first film role) is top notch. I simply cannot not reccommend this film enough. I've watched it four times already and could watch it over and over again! A must see for any fan of japanese films.
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