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Oni-Gokko / T is for Tag

USA 2011
produced by
Andy Sere
directed by Shane Ryan
starring Mariko Miyamitsu, Eri Akita
written by Shane Ryan, music by Kevin MacLeod, Ginnetta Correli, makeup effects by Tessa Philbrick

short

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Young Miki (Eri Akita) is haunted by a ghost (Mariko Miyamitsu), a ghost who especially likes to ambush and cut her - not cut her fatally, mind you, only so much it hurts - as if it was some game of violent tag. Eventually, the ghost corners Miki and reveals herself to be her sister Aki, a girl who has died when she was only 6 (but is now like Miki in her late teens). Her naked body shows signs of torture, which she, along with ther suicide blames on Miki. Miki makes up excuse after excuse for what she did, but deep down she knows her sisters right ... and now that her ghost sister has tagged her, she knows it's her turn to kill herself ...

 

An obvious hommage to Japanese ghost movies - ranging from language to the fact that the girls are both Japanese to the film's theme and execution -, T is for Tag nevertheless manages to deliver a tense and creepy story to the screen in a mere four minutes and with obviously limited resources. That the whole film works so well is of course thanks to the two actresses, both of whom deliver compelling performances, and a nuanced directorial effort by Shane Ryan that doesn't go for obvious effects and instead concentrates on atmospere ... and this way he actually gets away with leaving out large chunks of the sisters' backstory (which the film at most hints at) without giving the viewer the impression anything much is missing.

Pretty good, actually ...

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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