Masters of Horror (2005–2007)
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Dream Cruise 

Absolutely terrified of the sea, an American lawyer reluctantly goes on an ocean cruise to be near the wife of a client, with no idea of the grim situation that awaits them all.

Director:

Norio Tsuruta

Writers:

Mick Garris (creator), Kôji Suzuki (short story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Daniel Gillies ... Jack Miller
Thom Irvine Thom Irvine ... Young Jack (as Thomas Jones)
Ethan Amis Ethan Amis ... Sean Miller
Maky Soler Maky Soler ... Receptionist 1 (as Maki)
Tiffany Martin Tiffany Martin ... Receptionist 2
Ian Moore Ian Moore ... Harrison
Gregory Pekar ... Jack's Assistant
Katsuhiro Nagano Katsuhiro Nagano ... Cab Driver
Yoshino Kimura ... Yuri Saito
Ryo Ishibashi ... Eiji Saito
Miho Ninagawa Miho Ninagawa ... Naomi Saito
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Absolutely terrified of the sea, an American lawyer reluctantly goes on an ocean cruise to be near the wife of a client, with no idea of the grim situation that awaits them all.

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Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

2 February 2007 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(short) | (uncut)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The only episode of Masters of Horror that skips the opening presentation sequence. See more »

Alternate Versions

When originally aired on Showtime, it was edited down to approximately 60 minutes, thus eliminating a few credited actor/characters: Maki as Receptionist 1, Tiffany Martin as Receptionist 2, and Katsuhiro Nagano as Cab Driver. They all appear on the uncut 87 minute version released on DVD and on Anchor Bay's YouTube account (youtube.com/watch?v=ppNSa1T5hdc). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Unikal'noe pozdravlenie (2014) See more »

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Treading on familiar ground
13 July 2007 | by jboyaquarSee all my reviews

J-Horror's career can be summed up by the audience's potential fright at being confronted by the righteously malcontent spirits attempting to breach their world for ours. However, visions of decrepit, deformed stringy-haired Asian women slowly reaching out to take our lives is no longer anything haunting because of their ubiquity in the early 2000's. Therefore, it'll have to take a memorable narrative twist, or unique emotional characterizations to be affected by their work. Neither are found in this exercise because of the director's erratic tendency to play temporal puppetmaster whenever he sees fit. The lack of faith I placed on the director's control of what is dream/what is reality led my mind astray and distracted me from the strengths of the singular setting. You get bits and pieces of the three main characters lives...but nothing sincere enough to create a lasting impression. Also, I found Ryo Ishibashi's acting to be cheap and second-rate though his character's breakdown is less involving and more two-dimensional than the other two leads. The film-making and the eerie green colors reflecting the malevolent spirit is fine...but the storytelling's too shoddy and incomplete to matter. An addition of western/genre plot reveals would have added more pleasure to this experience.


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