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Starring: Yui Ichikawa, Reo Morimoto, Naoki Tanaka, Hiroshi Abe
Director: Yukihiko Tsutsumi
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2006


- Trailer (Japanese Version)
- Teaser Trailer (Japanese Version)
- Trailer (English Version)




Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: Chinese & English
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Letterbox
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0
Running Time: 1 hr 27 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: InnoForm Media



Based on Sony's PS2 cult classic game <Forbidden Siren>.

As reported in 1976, the inhabitants of a solitary island of Yamajima were once annihilated except for a crazy man who shouted a mysterious warning:"When you hear the siren, never go out".

Thirty years later, Yuki Amamoto goes to the island with her father, a freelance reporter and her little brother who suffers from neurological disorders. The islanders were not very friendly towards them.

Her neighbour gives her the same strange warning:"When you hear the siren, never go out". This is the beginning of a series of mysterious incidents...Gradually, Yuki loses her trust in the people around her. She is determined to protect her brother from the unknown peril that seems to be surrounding them.

When the siren begins to roar, the severed bits of mystery begin to assemble together to reveal the truth of the 1976 massacre and finally unravel the mystery of the siren...


We are sure there are people out there who collect DVDs of horror movies. In this case, we’d think that having a collection of Asian horror movies like this one at home can serve two purposes – to impress guests and scare them to hell during those parties, or scare yourself to sleep in your dark bedroom when you are having insomnia.

Seriously, we think that those are the most probably reasons why DVDs of this genre still has a big market out there.

So when Japanese director Yukihiko Tsutsumi sees the chance to make this film which follows the story of the second Playstation 2 game “Siren”, he probably thought it could attract both gamers and viewers who enjoyed frightening themselves silly in the dark.

The story tells of a writer (a very dubious-looking Leo Morimoto) who goes to live on a remote island with his daughter (Yui Ichikawa trying her best to look calm and collected in a strange land) and son (Jun Nishiyama who does a good job looking possessed). The islanders are not a very friendly bunch, as the family would discover. To make things worse, there is this demonic-sounding siren which sends everyone into frenzy whenever it starts howling.

In Singapore’s context, whenever we hear a siren, it is probably one of those peacetime exercises telling us to remain calm and stay put at home. However, on this island, people just cannot remain cool when the siren goes off – that is probably when players of the video game have to navigate the characters around.

But being the medium the movie is, this premise may not be executed as interestingly here. And how right we are.

The result is a typical Japanese horror movie where the poor protagonist runs around non-stop, escaping from other scary characters with bad make-up. Poor Ichikawa, she really runs around a lot in this 87-minute movie. She runs alone, she runs with her kid brother, she runs with an island resident doctor – if this isn’t the idea of a good workout, we don’t know what is.

Because this movie is based on a video game, there was appropriate use of fancy jerky tracking camerawork which circles the victim. This aptly creates the fear the character is feeling.

Another commendable aspect of this movie is the attempt at having a plot that makes sense. The revelation towards the second third of the movie shows some substantial scriptwriting, but unfortunately, we didn’t think that viewers would care much by then.

As mentioned at the beginning of this review, people who buy DVDs of this genre would probably enjoy the thrill of shocking their friends, or for some other absurd reason, themselves – preferably in the dark.


This Code 3 disc includes not one, not two, but three different versions of trailers for the movie.


The audio heard on this disc remarkably amplifies the screaming siren to good disturbing effect, while the visual transfer makes sure you can properly see what is going on in those pitch black scenes – even if you are in a dark room.



Review by John Li



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This review is made possible with the kind support from InnoForm


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