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Japan 2004
produced by
Taka Ichise, Kazuya Hamana (executive), Yasushi Kotani (executive) for Oz Co./TBS (= Tokyo Broadcasting System), Entertainment Farm, Geneon Entertainment, Nikkatsu, Toho
directed by Norio Tsuruta
starring Hiroshi Mikami, Noriko Sakai, Maki Horikita, Mayumi Ono, Kei Yamamoto, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Daisuke Ban, Hana Inoue
screenplay by Norio Tsuruta, Noboru Takagi, based on the manga Kyofu Shinbun by Jiro Tsunoda, music by Kenji Kawai, title song by Juli Shono

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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In a phonebooth, Hideki (Hiroshi Mikami) finds a newspaper that announces his daughter Nana's (Hana Inoue) death in a carcrash, at 8 o'clock tonight. It's almost 8, & Nana is sitting in a car just a few feet away from Hideki, & she can't get out, because her safety belt has somehow got stuck ... & suddenly the car is rammed by a truck , & Hideki sees Nana die in the ensuing explosion ...

3 years later: Hideki's wife Ayaka (Noriko Sakai) has in the meantime divorced him, as he has become obsessed with the newspaper clip announcing his daughter's death & she couldn't really cope with him. But while he has since become an insignificant professor at the university, Ayaka has started to do researches on supernatural phenomena like premonition. & eventually she meets a woman who can project her premonitions onto Polaroids - & one of these Polaroids shows a newspaper clipping with Hideki's obituary ...

Meanwhile, Hideki has more & more premonitions, in the form of newspapers & little notes, mainly about desasters or the killing spree of a serial killer. One of his students, Sayuri Wakakubo, seems to know what he's going through but warns him not to interfere with the future ... but that same night, Hideki finds another of these newspaper clips telling him that Sayuri is to become the next victim of a knifekiller, but when he rushes to save her, he's already too late.

Meanwhile Hideki & his wife Ayaka have reconciled, as due to her research she believes now into what she initially thought was only Hideki's crazy idea. Then a newspaper clip turns up that Ayaka dies in a traincras, & Hideki rushes to the trainstation, just in time to pull her out of the train ... everyone else though, including some of their friends, dies in the crash. But a least, now Hideki & Ayaka know they can change destiny ...

So, they visit an expert in all things having to do with premonition, but do not find him, only a series of videotapes, in which he has chronicled his progress in changing destiny, which he seems to have been able to do to üperfection, but unfortunately every time he changed something his body showed another weird burn, until he ultimately faded away ... & Hideki's body is starting to show the same burns too ...

Eventually, Hideki, due to his meddling with destiny, leaves the linear stream of time, & after going through a series of events in his life, he is back in the phonebooth where he found the newspaper clipping of his daughter's death, & the death is just moments away.

He tries his best to save his girl, but to little avail: one his wife dies instead, once all three die, once his wife & daughter die ... it's only when he can manage to set his daughter free but instead die in the crash himself that linear time again sets in ... only he's not in it anymore.


Some really good atmospheric scenes & an excellent beginning & ending can't hide the fact that the whole body of the movie is just a routine plot about investigations into the creepy & supernatural that really has not all that much to offer concerning tension & suspense, & isn't even all that creepy. One just can't shake the feeling of having seen everything better elsewhere.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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