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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
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.