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 ...
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
Pretty good, actually ...