Honogurai mizu no Soko Kara
Takashige Ichise for Kadokawa Shoten
directed by Hideo Nakata
starring Hitomi Kuroki, Rio Kanno, Mirei Oguchi, Asami Mizukawa, Fumiyo Kohinata, Yu Tokui, Isao Yatsu, Shigemitsu Ogi, Maiko Asano, Yukiko Ikari, Shinji Nomura, Kiriko Shimizu, Teruko Hanahara, Youko Yasuda, Kono Tarou Suwa, Shichirou Gou, Chisako Hara, Toru Shinagawa
screenplay by Hideo Nakata, Takashige Ichise, based on a story by Koji Suzuki, music by Kenji Kawai, Shikao Suga
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Having just divorced her husband (Fumiyo Kohinata) and stil fighting
with her husband over custody for 6-year old Ikuko (Rio Kanno), Yoshimi
(Hitomi Kuroki) moves into a new apartment with her little daughter that
seems to be a real bargain upon buying. But soon Yoshimi has her first
doubts if the bargain was really that good - not that it would be anything
big at first, only water dripping from the ceiling, a moldy spot on the
wall, hair coming out of the fawcetts ... and soon though Yoshimi starts catching glimpses of a little girl in
a yellow raincoat who just shouldn't be there - and isn't at second look
-, and a red children's bag keeps reappearing.
gets an idea who that little girl in the yellow raincoat might be: Mitsuko
(Mirei Oguchi), a little girl who disappeared two years ago, who went to the
same kindergarten Ikuko attends now, and who lived in the
appartment directly above them.
But while nobody knows what has
happened to her, Mitsuko continues to haunt both Yoshimi and Ikuko,
eventually causing Ikuko to collaps in kindergarten, later causing her to
sleepwalk into the appartment above, and when Yoshimi, half mad with
desperation, finds her there, she finds the appartment under water since
all the water taps are turned on (and most probably have been for some
while). Furthermore, Yoshimi thinks she has seen Mitsuko near the
watertower of the appartment building's roof.
More than a little scared,
Yoshimi's still determined to find out what's going on, even if she knows
she might not like it (or survive it even), but there's nothing she
wouldn't do for her daughter's sake ...
Dark Water is
definitely a slowburn shocker, as until
rather late in the movie, not all that much happens, it just seems to be
about an insecure woman making a stand for herself - but that doesn't mean
that the movie is without suspense.- it is actually quite astounding how
much menace the film manages to put into trivial things like dripping
water, yellow raincoats or red children's handbags, creating a creepy
atmosphere out of almost nothing. The deliberately slow but suspenseful
pace only contributes to the overall feeling of the film. Now add to that
a story that's really well-structured, some impressive imagery when
needed, and the cast is first rate and you've got yourself a very haunting