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Spiral (2000)

Uzumaki (original title)
The inhabitants of a small Japanese town become increasingly obsessed with and tormented by spirals.

Director:

Higuchinsky

Writers:

Junji Ito (manga), Kengo Kaji (supervising screenwriter) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eriko Hatsune ... Kirie Goshima
Fhi Fan Fhi Fan ... Shuichi Saito
Hinako Saeki Hinako Saeki ... Kyoko Sekino
Eun-Kyung Shin Eun-Kyung Shin ... Chie Marayama
Keiko Takahashi Keiko Takahashi ... Yukie Saito
Ren Osugi ... Toshio Saito (as Ren Ôsugi)
Denden ... Officer Futada
Masami Horiuchi Masami Horiuchi ... Reporter Ichiro Tamura
Tarô Suwa ... Yasuo Goshima
Tôru Tezuka Tôru Tezuka ... Yokota Ikuo
Sadao Abe Sadao Abe ... Mitsuru Yamaguchi
Asumi Miwa Asumi Miwa ... Shiho Ishikawa
Saori Nakane Saori Nakane ... Little Kirie
Yasuki Tanaka Yasuki Tanaka ... Little Shuichi
Yuki Murakami Yuki Murakami ... Yukky
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Storyline

In a small town in Japan, Kirie comes upon her boyfriend's father silently videotaping a snail. He seems unaware of her presence and she thinks no more of it. Later, the mans obsession with spirals becomes more and more bizarre, ending in his suicide in a washing machine which turn his body into a spiral. Soon other inhabitants become possesed with different forms of spirals, one student seems to be mutating into a snail, another's hair becomes strangely medusa-like. The entire town becomes possesed. Written by Fred Cabral <ftcabral@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Fantasy | Horror

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Trivia

Some areas of the screen are digitally twisted into a spiral pattern at least five times in the movie (not necessarily in this order): the first time you see the sunset sky, on the top right a bird's eye view of Kirie and Shuichi returning home from school, on the ground to their right to Kirie's left in the bushes when she's walking over to Shuichi's house with a gift a ceiling panel to the right of the stairs in Kirie's house as she walks down at night the end of the hospital hall, dead center. See more »

Connections

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Intriguing Horror
8 April 2003 | by teuthisSee all my reviews

Uzumaki is an entertaining film for any horror fan. True, cultural differences between Japanese and American perceptions create some difficulty in fully appreciating the horror aspects. I found some of the film slightly funny instead of scary; but it is captivating nevertheless. I believe that if I were to view more films of the genre I could fully appreciate the intent of this film, because it is skillfully done. There are subtleties that I perceived, but that did not fully impact me. I hope to see the film again soon. One reviewer lamented the want of a DVD that we can all play on our equipment. I must concur that it's a shame, because this is a film I would love to own.

The little lead actress is compelling and quite adept. Her delicate and minute facial expressions mirror her dialogue well, and this comes across even with the subtitles. I think her performance is what kept me intrigued with the film long enough to really get into it and keep watching. I recommend that if you are a horror fan, and see this film playing, take the time to see and enjoy it.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

11 February 2000 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo | DTS-Stereo

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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