Friday, March 25, 2011
Dir: Nabuiko Obayashi
The story is basic enough, Two best friends prepare for summer break from high school and they are going to separate places, Oshare plans on going to Kurosawa with her father who has just returned from Italy on a business trip, while her friend Fanta is preparing to go to summer camp lead by her schoolgirl crush, A teacher Mr. Togo. Although plans change as Oshare returns home to meet her fathers new fiancée Ryoko whom he refers to her new mother. This does not sit well with Oshare due to her mother passing 8 years prior. While the next day at school camp is called off. Oshare decides to return to her mother old home where her Aunt lives alone and after receiving confirmation she invites a group of her friends to join her, But not before a stray cat mysteriously hops in her window and takes to her. SO Oshare, Fanta and five other of their friends decide to head to the Aunt's house and along the way we are treated to a glimpse of what is to come in the visual department as they ride the train to town. While on the trip, Oshare provides a bit of background on her Aunt who has been living alone waiting for her fiancée to return to marry although he died in the War several years prior.
Gore:5 ( Not much in the gore department but this one gets a pass on pure creativity)
Nudity:2 ( few Boobs Here and there but nothing worth mentioning)
Story:7 (Pretty standard Haunted house premise, but this one is truly awesome from beginning to end)
Characters:7 ( Just enough development to make you care about all involved.)
Overall: 8 out of 10 ( I know the numbers don't match up here but this one bypasses all my normal rating criteria due to its originality and pure strangeness, A classic and worth a watch if for nothing a good laugh)