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Japan 2021
produced by
Wilco C. Rullens, Hao Rong for Tokyo Bay Films
directed by Masaya Kato
starring Ariel Sekiya, Miharu Chiba, Eigi Kodaka, Shizuka Ayagaki, Maya Ono, Takeaki Abe, Ayako Ichimura, Rui Tachinaba, Naho Okaniwa, Mutsumi Igarashi, Narumi Warabisako, Youka Unomoto, Kaori Tsunekawa, Kasukosan, Maria Yozakura, Ryoma Masumoto, Ryusuke Fujimoto
written by Masaya Kato, music by Shintaro Aoki, special makeup effects by Siddhart Jaipal, action coordination by Takeaki Abe, Tsugumichi Chiku

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Karen (Ariel Sekiya), an American housewife who moved to Tokyo with her Japanese husband (Takeaki Abe), finds it difficult to fit in with her new surroundings, especially since her Japanese is poor and not too many of the locals speak at least passable English. Her only real friend is outspoken Satsuki (Miharu Chiba), while community leader Akiyo (Eigi Kodaka) sees her with nothing but contempt and bullies her for not fitting in better. So in an attempt to get on good terms with Akiyo she joins her and the other housewives including Satsuki on a weekend trip to the countryside. Once at their logdings, the housewives soon decide to play the Kokkuri-san - the Japanese version of the Ouija-board - and by doing so somehow disrespect the local fox-deity. And suddenly an app loads onto the cellphones of all the housewives that forces them into playing a game of last-woman-standing, pretty much forcing them to kill one another. Now refusal is not an option, because the fox deity frequently appears to slaughter those who won't play. But with the app one can buy weapons and other gadgetry to influence the game in one's favour - but at a cost that might prove fatal. So soon the party breaks into factions, and of course Karen sides with Satsuki - but Akiyo uses all the influence she has on the other housewives in her attempt to win the game. And even should Karen and Satsuki best Akiyo, they'd still have to go against one another ...

 

On first view, this movie might seem a bit like the budget version of Battle Royale, and of course the parallels between the two movies are undeniable - but that said, Ouija Japan takes the horror approach to things, mixing its action with mystery and adding a eeriness atmosphere to the proceedings while also concentrating on the arcs of its three main characters. And the result is a pretty tense and creepy piece of horror action that's bound to stick with you for a while.

 

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