Director: Takashi Shimizu
Starring: Takako Fuji, Yasutoki Furuya &
RunTime: 1 hr 35 mins
Released By: Shaw
Day: 13 April 2006
35 years ago...A random act of violence is committed at a
tourist hotel. A college professor, possessed by madness,
goes on a
killing spree, slaughtering 11 hotel guests and employees.
recording his acts of violence on an 8mm camcorder, he slashes
after another, as they run for their lives.
Present ....Matsumura (played by Kippei Shiina) is a
director who wants to turn this crime story into a movie.
"Memory" he casts a young actress, Nagisa Sugiura
(Yuuka) as the heroine
of his project. But as their shoot date closes in, Nagisa
begins to see
creepy dreams and hallucinations. Meanwhile, several other
seeing similar nightmares and illusions - is the grudge of
from 35 years ago surfacing?
eight years ago, the Japanese gave the cinematic world a good
scare by introducing audience to the spooky, macabre “Ringu”
followed by “Juon” in 2002. The latter directed
by Takashi Shimizhu was even given an American makeover none
other by Shimizhu himself.
Shimizhu is back to helm “Rinne” or the English
titled “Reincarnation” (after Infection and Premonition)
in the “J-Horror Theater” series of six. Co-written
by Shimizhu, “Reincarnation” is about an upcoming
actress, Nagisa (Yuuka) who experienced horrifying hallucinations
while on the set of her feature debut which is based on a
true crime story. As revealed through paper cuttings and Nagisa’s
dreams, the crime involved a college professor who chillingly
killed his own children and 11 hotel guests 35 years ago and
the killer even resort to recording the whole process on an
above might sound scary on paper, however bear in mind the
pacing of the actual movie is slow to a crawl at times and
the so-called scare factor is minimal unless you are one who
will jump at the cue of loud sound effects. In typical Japanese
horror movies, you can’t really do without a ghost child.
And yes you have that in “Reincarnation”. How
about a heinous, eerie looking doll for the child? Yes you
have that as well. And so these repetitive images accompanied
the fading in and out of the scenes from the present to the
future throughout. Not much synergy you might say. What really
intrigued the audience is how Nagisa is related to the whole
crime. There’s a slight twist towards the end, not “The
Sixth Sense” type I assured you but sort of goes back
to its theme of “Reincarnation”.
Buddhists believed that once a living being die, they are
reborn in another world following their deaths. The soul continues
to live on. And there’s a scientific term called Klepto-Amnesia
where one infused stories from elsewhere and allowing them
to surface in their memories thus erasing their own.
tries to infuse these 2 different themes into “Reincarnation”.
However, the weakest link lies in his indecision to how he’s
going to project this movie to the horror fan base. On one
hand, he has a worldwide audience of hungry fans to feed.
The other, his struggle to infuse the theme of “Reincarnation”
into the movie. Thus on the whole it’s a mixed bag of
horror, thriller and psychological elements. You might appreciate
“Reincarnation” more if you think along this line.
If not, your karma will come if you think otherwise.
sell it as a horror movie is an overstatement, "Reincarnation"
is more of a psychlogical thriller that threads on the issue
of what else, reincarnation of course!)
by Linus Tee