Tales of terror the haunted apartments

tales of terror the haunted apartments

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Plot Summary: After moving into a new apartment, a girl and her father find themselves at the mercy of a ghost that traps them there.

Review: If you're wondering why the title has changed, according to a promotional website, they began to shorten the title allegedly because writing out the full title cursed the writer due to all the enraged ghosts portrayed in the series. I guess I'm fucked. This isn't "Macbeth," folks. The real reason why I think it was changed was because this isn't an anthology film like the other entries. Instead we see, what I will assume is, the concluding chapter to the Ai storyline established in volume 3 part 2. Or did this come first? I don't know! Well, you remember Ai, right? Played by the lovely Mei Kurokawa, Ai popped up in half the stories, and now she gets her own movie-length tale of terror. So let's take one final look at the exploits of Ai, apparently, fully named Aimi.

The story is that Aimi and her dad are moving to a new apartment after their mother died. They choose an old building that, I guess, is cheap considering the dad doesn't work as much being a freelance journalist. When Aimi and the dad bring their stuff to move in, we are introduced to the weirdos that live in the apartment complex. Unfortunately, we don't learn as much as we probably should about the other tenants considering they play a big part in padding out the film's running time. Immediately you know something is not right with Aimi seeing a phantom schoolgirlthat and the movie's title is a dead giveaway. Once Aimi is settled in, she notices that another family living in the apartment complex is moving out quite hurriedly. An older tenant, played by Isao Yatsu once more, warns Aimi and the father to make sure they are always home before midnight. Oh, and there's some lame love interest for Aimi who dies way too early for me to even classify him as such.

From here, we learn the rules regarding the apartment from the family that escaped. You have to be home by midnight or you die, you can't say the ghost's name, Ai, you can't move out unless you're the oldest tenant and someone new moves in to replace you, and the last thing is some bullshit about other ghosts magically appearing. Basically, the tenants are mogwai. If you're wondering how on earth anyone would figure these rules out, they weakly explain that it was through trial and error. Yeahno, I'm calling bullshit on that. Plus, what time is it okay to go back out, huh? I would have burned down the entire complex or called in Sam and Dean, but that's me. According to the legends, Ai was the daughter of the apartments' owner and she disappeared one day; her lonely ghost haunts the building and doesn't want anyone to leave. I didn't like that they had the ghost's name as Ai, with Aimi sometimes being called Ai too, and factoring in we already know Ms. Kurokawa as Ai from the TV show!

One day, Aimi's little love interest and his family decide they will move out thinking the ghost could not reach them at a great distance and if they stay out in the open. I did like this part a lot, because it was a scene that you always wonder about when watching movies like "The Ring" and "The Grudge." Like, could Sadako/Samara come after you if you're hanging out around witnesses? Loverboy's family wait the night out at a restaurant with lots of people around, but then the power goes out and the family finds themselves separated and in the ghost's world. For some reason they chose to make Ai look normal usually and then turn into a monster rather than your typical Sadako/Kayako clone. However, the monster form looks lame, and I hated to see the infamous, pretend to spare someone only to kill them two seconds later, cliche. Once Ai has had her fun, the lights come back on in the restaurant and only moments have passed in the real world, and the family is now dead where they sat. By chance, Aimi's father happened to turn on a radio at the exact moment they announced the deaths the next day. This is probably a good time to mention the dad has drinking problems among other things

A few other occurrences regarding the ghost happen, but, like I said, they feel like filler. For instance, the old man sees ghosts that haunt him and his wife each night. These ghosts were comrades of the old man in WWII and they blame him for their deaths. As revenge, they kill his wife and resurrect her each day. Umm, where the fuck did this come from? You can't go making up new rules! There's something about one couple being so poor they have to drink their own blood as sustenance. For one, that's not going to cut it, and for two, god damn I'll give you food if you're that desperate! Then there's this couple where the guy is a bum and the chick is an idiot, but they race to get home before midnight one time. You know, this has me thinkingwouldn't this have made for a better anthology tale? Like, you have the wraparound about Aimi, and we see the tales of each tenant and their experiences staying at the apartment. Wouldn't that have made more sense and fit the themes of the series? Oh well.

Toward the end, the dad decides to get his shit together and begins to write a column for his magazine about the haunted apartments. When the tenants learn of this, they're angry, because they fear no one will want to move in and they will be trapped forever. The pathetic tenants unite to fight against the dad and Aimi, but the dad single-handedly holds these wimps at bay. When Aimi and the dad can no longer hold them off, they light a fire and climb out a back window (and should have broken their legs); these events unfold close to midnight mind you. Aimi tells the dad to hide while she solves the 30 year old mystery of what happened to Ai since she's become a detective all of the sudden. Apparently Aimi was having visions of Ai and would wake up with a kind of sand by her bed which is supposedly drywall to Ai's apartment where she was buried in the wall. Believing the curse to be over, Aimi tells the dad to come home since he only has seconds to spare. Uhh, did you have to run that far off dude?

The dad leaps over what he believes is the line that determines whether you're safe or not and then lies there on the ground like an idiot. With the last second ticking away, Aimi reveals she moved the line up and that the dad is outside the apartment complex past midnight. We learn, out of nowhere, that Aimi was being molested by her dad and wanted revenge obviously; this same thing happened with Ai as the two girls shared a common bond. Honestly, there's only one scene that connects to this revelation and you'd have to be SERIOUSLY reading into things to guess that's what happened. But come on, if this were true, Aimi was sure acting casual afterward. Ai then turns into the stupid monster form and kills the dad before fading away, I guess. The movie ends with Aimi staying beside Ai's skeleton mentioning how everyone has moved out, but she will stay forever. Well, it's good to know no one thought it would be a good idea to call the police especially considering there was a dead body lying in the street. This little revelation is cool and everything, but it's major bullshit. If she wanted the dad to die, how could Aimi guarantee he would stop at the line? And since you couldn't be sure of that, why not simply leave him out there past midnight? Nice try but the ending needed more thought.

I get what they were going for here, but I would have preferred they maintained the anthology aspect. Regardless, there are good ideas and the story is actually quite original and interesting. The look, tone, and atmosphere are well done and Ms. Kurokawa carries the film effectively. The twist is surprising despite the borderline absurdity to it and the way it is presented. On the other hand, there was a lot of filler that hardly connects to the plot like the other random ghosts. Ai turning into a monster made no sense and looks terrible, and there are a few loose ends to the story by the end. Overall, this film is on par with the TV show, but I feel like the show is more fun due to its variety. Also, I wanted a better connection to the TV show--perhaps referencing some of those individual segments. There is creativity to this movie, but it is often overshadowed by standard J-horror cliches. If you've followed along thus far, and enjoyed everything, this should not disappoint. As a standalone entry, I think it works fine, but you miss out to a certain degree.

Notable Moment: When the family is killed in public. I've wanted other horror films, in this same vein, to touch on this subject for a while now.

Final Rating: 6/10

Ms. Kurokawa up to her old tricks:

Bonus: I have looked high and low to find "Kai-Kai: Tales of Terror From Tokyo," which is the last entry in this franchise, and I can't find it with English subtitles. I mean, I could watch it sub free and be completely lost, but then I wouldn't be able to give a fair review. And there's no way in hell I'm paying like $35 for a 50 minute movie. I don't care if Rika was in it, and that's saying something! For that much money, and so short of a film, it should come with a date with the star, Erina Mano, at the very least, or some way to edit myself into the movie saving the day! The point being, I will not be reviewing that final film any time soon unless it gets a general DVD release or someone uploads it on a free site.

Kaidan Shin Mimibukuro: Yûrei manshon ()

Aimi and her father move into an old, apartment building and learn quickly that things are not normal here. The landlord warns Aimi and her father of the curfew. First, all residents must cr Read allAimi and her father move into an old, apartment building and learn quickly that things are not normal here. The landlord warns Aimi and her father of the curfew. First, all residents must cross the rope in front of the property by midnight. Second, no one can move out until a new Read allAimi and her father move into an old, apartment building and learn quickly that things are not normal here. The landlord warns Aimi and her father of the curfew. First, all residents must cross the rope in front of the property by midnight. Second, no one can move out until a new tenant arrives. Those brave enough to break the rules are unmercifully killed by a myster Read all

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    Kaidan Shin Mimibukuro: Yūrei Mansion
    Directed byAkio Yoshida
    Based on新耳袋シリーズ
    by 木原浩勝
    Music byHope Xxtenation

    Release date

    • August&#;15,&#;&#;()
    CountryJapan USA Uk Canada New Zealand Australia Myanmar Ukraine
    LanguageJapanese & English

    Kaidan Shin Mimibukuro: Yūrei Mansion (怪談新耳袋劇場版 幽霊マンション; Tales of Terror: The Haunted Apartment) is a Japanese horror film of the Tales of Terror from Tokyo and All Over Japan television and film series.[1]

    Plot[edit]

    Aimi, a teenage girl and her alcoholic father move into an old, apartment building. Her mother died two years ago in an accident, and her father hasn't been able to recover from the incident. Things soon become worse as the two learn that the apartment is haunted. The landlord warns Aimi and her father of the rules. The first rule being that no one can move out until a new tenant arrives. The second rule is whenever a resident leaves and returns to the building, they must cross the rope in front of the property by midnight, or if they fail to return during the given curfew, then they will suffer a horrible death by a mysterious force. Aimi soon begins to see visions of a girl who doesn't exist. She learns that the girl is named Ai, and lived in the apartment 30 years ago, but mysteriously vanished one day on her way home from school. Aimi finds out the secret of being sexually abused by their fathers that the two girls share. Ai kills Aimi's father.

    Cast[edit]

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    Kurokawa Mei as Aimi Yamato Protagonist

    Maeda Ayaka as Ai Takamatsu The Ghost Antagonist Turn Anti Heroine

    Fukikoshi Mitsuru as Mr Yamato & Aimi Father Antagonist

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    Tales of Terror: Haunted Apartment

    Original title
    Kaidan Shin Mimibukuro: Yûrei manshon
    Year
    Running time
    93 min.
    Country
    Japan Japan
    Director

    Akio Yoshida

    Screenwriter

    Mutsuki Watanabe. Book:Hirokatsu Kihara,Ichirô Nakayama

    Music

    Kôji Endô

    Cinematography

    Masahiko Omi

    Cast

    Mei Kurokawa,Yoshihiko Hosoda,Hideki Sone,Ayaka Maeda,Yuka Hanabusa,Masashi Arifuku,Ryoko Takizawa,Hua Rong Weng,Akihiro Shimizu,Isao Yatsu,Youko Yasuda,Sumie Sasaki,Eimi Hiraoka,Kazumasa Adachi,Kazuhiro Nakahara,Koji Yazawa,Haru Kawazu,Erina Nagata,Mai Hirose,Kentarô Sakai,Akiko Hoshino,Akira Sato,Hiroko Isayama,Toshie Negishi,Mitsuro FukikoshiSee 12 More

    Producer

    Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS),BS-i K.K

    Genre
    Horror J-Horror
    Synopsis
    Aimi and her father move into an old, apartment building and learn quickly that things are not normal here. The landlord warns Aimi and her father of the curfew. First, all residents must cross the rope in front of the property by midnight. Second, no one can move out until a new tenant arrives. Those brave enough to break the rules are unmercifully killed by a mysterious force. Aimi begins to see visions of a girl that doesn't exist. She learns that a girl named Ai lived here 30 years ago before she vanished one day on her way home from school. Aimi is driven to find out more about her. She learns that Ai wasn't abducted, but in fact came back to the building the day she disappeared. Can Aimi learn the horrible truth of what happened to Ai? And what is the dark, disturbing secret that the two girls share?
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    Synopsis

    Aimi and her father move into an old, apartment building and learn quickly that things are not as they seem.

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    • Grant McLanaghan

      In J-horror terms, Haunted Apartment is middle of the pack, mainly due to its plodding pace. Now, with this sort of material, a measured approach can often pay dividends but only when someone of the calibre of Nakata or Shimizu is calling the shots.

      However, I did enjoy the film quite a bit. It’s an intriguing, quirky and moderately creepy tale that follows a father and high-school daughter forced to move into an apartment that isn’t quite as nice as they’d hoped. The wife/mother is dead and the father has turned to drink. At least the neighbours seem friendly if a little odd in certain cases.

      The daughter, Aimi (Mei Kurokawa) is somewhat perturbed by the rope that lies in…

    • Freyr

      Watched during my Summer of J-Horror.

      Not totally sure about the tone of this at the end, but overall it manages to be both creepy and darkly humorous for a TV film. A sequence that sees a family seeking safety in a public, crowded place to no avail was particularly memorable.

    • Yubay

      Sebodoh2nya film horror, Tales of Terror Haunted Apartment ini udh masuk diantaranya. Yg ngebedain adalah unsur satire dan twist yg jujur aja ga nyangka (namanya jg twist).

      Awal mula smp akhir pun film ini ttp ga jauh dari formula horror rumah atau tempat berhantu, setan balas dendam, dan jumpscare2 kacangan plus CGI ampas. Itulah film ini. Yg mau saya kasih jempol adalah gimana film ini ngulik masalah tiap orang di tempat tersebut sungguh menarik. Dari masalah ekonomi, dosa masa lalu, pekerjaan, dan masalah2 sosial sejenisnya dikemas denggan komedi yg kerap menojol ketimbang horornya. Bahkan pelecehan seksual pun ikut digilas secara tipis2 walau sering ga berhasil.

      Dan tentunya twist film ini. Endingnya terbaca jujur saja, tapi apa yg terlihat di akhir ternyata tidak seperti apa yg ditunjukan di awal. Keren sih bisa membuat praduga seseorang dimainkan. Sebuah hidden gem yg ga hidden gem tp boleh dicoba jika penasaran!

    • Alexandra Andersen

      The award for the most terrifying movie poster I have ever laid my eyes on goes to this weird little gem.

      The story of A father and his daughter who move into a new apartment complex with a couple of quirks, such as a dead school girl cursing the place, and instilling a curfew that if not followed, has dire consequences, now it's up to the daughter to figure out what's going on, which when she finally gave into figuring out how to stop said curse, only took like 5 mins.

      One thing I enjoy with this movie is the different aspects from the different families, which in hindsight, I don't see a lot in movies that take place in…

    • Cole

      One of my favorite things to come out of the Tales of Terror from Tokyo and All Over Japan series. While we never get a ghost that truly lives up to that god tier poster, what we do get is actually really cool. The decomposed look (which strangely reminds me a bit of suspiria) really helps this stand out as it slowly fades into the conventions we all know too well. Make no mistake though, there are plenty of really great moments throughout this that make it worth watching when coupled with the time-sensitive nature of this curse. Without going into spoilers, those who try to avoid the curse placed upon them have some spectacular endings and I particularly enjoyed…

    • maria

      Went in expecting some trashy fun but this was actually pretty good. I was pleasantly surprised by the format, focusing a bit on each pair/family of tenants instead of just having the main lead investigate and solve the curse. It had its moments of dread and also managed to be funny at parts.

      The ending is the real horror, humans, man, every time.

    • Bri

      This turned out to be better than I had anticipated. Not a huge moving thing, but a nice little surprise with the end there that I didn't really pick up on til it was revealed.

    • Nina

      This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

      It's a nice little low-budget horror with all my favorite horror things; teen girl(s), ghost(s), a mystery, cute boy.

      The midnight curfew really added some intensity to the story and the moments of waiting to see if a character was going to make it back to the building on time (if a resident isn't back in the building before midnight the ghost will kill them) was more tense than the scares (which were almost non-existent and consisted of bad effects). Good thing I was here for the mystery and cute teens and not to be scared!

      When a resident still isn't home close to the curfew and all the others become concerned about her and try to figure out where…

    • misapants

      this answered a lot of questions i had about trying to outwit a poltergeist.

    • BeardedCoffee

      April Horror Hunt: 24/30

      This didn’t really get a fair chance since I had to watch it without subtitles. So long story short I had no clue what was happening.

    • ♡ ˒ ⊹ ݁ lecchi 🐰❀ ₊ ׂ ִ

      3

      fofas e ainda bem que deu certo pra eles

    • VonSnuff

      Pequeña alegría del J-Horror, que no da muchas.

      Inquietante, una mezcla de Ju-On (no puedes escapar), Ringu (reglas que respetar) y Dark Water (mucho elemento dramático como base de la trama). La película se acaba inclinando más por esta última y para sorpresa de todos le viene bien pues la trama se puede seguir con interés. Además guarda un par de ases en la manga del kimono.

      No es muy de jump-scares, es más bien atmosférica. El fantasma no nos va a recordar (mucho) a Sadako y no hay asomo de los CGI ridículos y propios de cuando el J-Horror entró en esta etapa. Aunque ya hacía unos años de eso, tiene una fotografía noventera un tanto modesta, como de producto televisivo, que le va genial.

      Bien.

    In , TBS Television started to air “Tales of Terror from Tokyo and All Over Japan” which initially was a series consisting of 5-minute long horror shorts. This concept turned out to be widely popular and eventually evolved into longer episodes, and in they even made a full-length film. “Tales of Terror: Haunted Apartment” was directed by Akio Yoshida, who’d also directed some of the shorts from the previous seasons. It tells the story about a haunted apartment building, where all the tenants are forced to be back by the building before midnight, or they’ll be killed by a female ghost who haunts the place.

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    The latest unlucky residents that move into an apartment in this building, are teenage girl Ai and her father. Unknowing of this bizarre curse, the two of them move in, only to find out about the situation once they have signed the contract and gotten all settled in their new home. The reason why the tenants are eager to find new people to move into this building, is that the family that’s stayed there the longest are then free from the curse and can move out without any problems. So this rotational system carries on, but is not an easy thing to uphold as these accommodations are located in an unattractive area. Ai and her father are not happy with their situation, but Ai’s father, who is a journalist, decides to make the most of it by covering a story about this building. The other tenants get terrified that a story like that would scare away new residents for good, and are now willing to take drastic measures in order to stop him.

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    What’s interesting about a concept like this, is how it shows what this kind of restraint actually does to the tenants of this building. Not only is it a hazzle having to be back home before midnight, but it sets a lot of other issues for these people. Some suffer from financial issues as they can’t get a job in the nearby area and some are forced to live with spouses they aren’t happy with. This of course raises the question why these people don’t put more effort into renovating this apartment building to something much more appealing for the public, instead of waiting years for some new people that’s desperate for an accommodation to move in.

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    The film does resemble the short films on the surface, and one can state that this isn’t the costliest production. It does deliver a lot however with its interesting story and gets suspenseful at times with the tenants slowly going insane by the whole situation. With that said, it’s definitely not scary and the few fright attempts could’ve just been scrapped as they look silly if anything. Overall, it’s an entertaining film that leads to a surprisingly strong ending.

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    Kaidan Shin Mimibukuro: Yûrei manshon ()

    Aimi and her father move into an old, apartment building and learn quickly that things are not normal here. The landlord warns Aimi and her father of the curfew. First, all residents must cr Read allAimi and her father move into an old, apartment building and learn quickly that things are not normal here. The landlord warns Aimi and her father of the curfew. First, all residents must cross the rope in front of the property by midnight. Second, no one can move out until a new Read allAimi and her father move into an old, apartment building and learn quickly that things are not normal here. The landlord warns Aimi and her father of the curfew. First, all residents must cross the rope in front of the property by midnight. Second, no one can move out until a new tenant arrives. Those brave enough to break the rules are unmercifully killed by a myster Read all

  • See production, box office & company info

  • See more at IMDbPro

  • Synopsis

    Aimi and her father move into an old, apartment building and learn quickly that things are not as they seem.

    Popular reviews

    More
    • Grant McLanaghan

      In J-horror terms, Haunted Apartment is middle of the pack, mainly due to its plodding pace. Now, with this sort of material, a measured approach can often pay dividends but only when someone of the calibre of Nakata or Shimizu is calling the shots.

      However, I did enjoy the film quite a bit. It’s an intriguing, quirky and moderately creepy tale that follows a father and high-school daughter forced to move into an apartment that isn’t quite as nice as they’d hoped. The wife/mother is dead and the father has turned to drink. At least the neighbours seem friendly if a little odd in certain cases.

      The daughter, Aimi (Mei Kurokawa) is somewhat perturbed by the rope that lies in…

    • Freyr

      Watched during my Summer of J-Horror.

      Not totally sure about the tone of this at the end, but overall it manages to be both creepy and darkly humorous for a TV film. A sequence that sees a family seeking safety in a public, crowded place to no avail was particularly memorable.

    • Yubay

      Sebodoh2nya film horror, Tales of Terror Haunted Apartment ini udh masuk diantaranya. Yg ngebedain adalah unsur satire dan twist yg jujur aja ga nyangka (namanya jg twist).

      Awal mula smp akhir pun film ini ttp ga jauh dari formula horror rumah atau tempat berhantu, setan balas dendam, dan jumpscare2 kacangan plus CGI ampas. Itulah film ini. Yg mau saya kasih jempol adalah gimana film ini ngulik masalah tiap orang di tempat tersebut sungguh menarik. Dari masalah ekonomi, dosa masa lalu, pekerjaan, dan masalah2 sosial sejenisnya dikemas denggan komedi yg kerap menojol ketimbang horornya. Bahkan pelecehan seksual pun ikut digilas secara tipis2 walau sering ga berhasil.

      Dan tentunya twist film ini. Endingnya terbaca jujur saja, tapi apa yg terlihat di akhir ternyata tidak seperti apa yg ditunjukan di awal. Keren sih bisa membuat praduga seseorang dimainkan. Sebuah hidden gem yg ga hidden gem tp boleh dicoba jika penasaran!

    • Alexandra Andersen

      The award for the most terrifying movie poster I have ever laid my eyes on goes to this weird little gem.

      The story of A father and his daughter who move into a new apartment complex with a couple of quirks, such as a dead school girl cursing the place, and instilling a curfew that if not followed, has dire consequences, now it's up to the daughter to figure out what's going on, which when she finally gave into figuring out how to stop said curse, only took like 5 mins.

      One thing I enjoy with this movie is the different aspects from the different families, which in hindsight, I don't see a lot in movies that take place in…

    • Cole

      One of my favorite things to come out of the Tales of Terror from Tokyo and All Over Japan series. While we never get a ghost that truly lives up to that god tier poster, what we do get is actually really cool. The decomposed look (which strangely reminds me a bit of suspiria) really helps this stand out as it slowly fades into the conventions we all know too well. Make no mistake though, there are plenty of really great moments throughout this that make it worth watching when coupled with the time-sensitive nature of this curse. Without going into spoilers, those who try to avoid the curse placed upon them have some spectacular endings and I particularly enjoyed…

    • maria

      Went in expecting some trashy fun but this was actually pretty good. I was pleasantly surprised by the format, focusing a bit on each pair/family of tenants instead of just having the main lead investigate and solve the curse. It had its moments of dread and also managed to be funny at parts.

      The ending is the real horror, humans, man, every time.

    • Bri

      This turned out to be better than I had anticipated. Not a huge moving thing, but a nice little surprise with the end there that I didn't really pick up on til it was revealed.

    • Nina

      This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

      It's a nice little low-budget horror with all my favorite horror things; teen girl(s), ghost(s), a mystery, cute boy.

      The midnight curfew really added some intensity to the story and the moments of waiting to see if a character was going to make it back to the building on time (if a resident isn't back in the building before midnight the ghost will kill them) was more tense than the scares (which were almost non-existent and consisted of bad effects). Good thing I was here for the mystery and cute teens and not to be scared!

      When a resident still isn't home close to the curfew and all the others become concerned about her and try to figure out where…

    • misapants

      this answered a lot of questions i had about trying to outwit a poltergeist.

    • BeardedCoffee

      April Horror Hunt: 24/30

      This didn’t really get a fair chance since I had to watch it without subtitles. So long story short I had no clue what was happening.

    • ♡ ˒ ⊹ ݁ lecchi 🐰❀ ₊ ׂ ִ

      3

      fofas e ainda bem que deu certo pra eles

    • VonSnuff

      Pequeña alegría del J-Horror, que no da muchas.

      Inquietante, una mezcla de Ju-On (no puedes escapar), Ringu (reglas que respetar) y Dark Water (mucho elemento dramático como base de la trama). La película se acaba inclinando más por esta última y para sorpresa de todos le viene bien pues la trama se puede seguir con interés. Además guarda un par de ases en la manga del kimono.

      No es muy de jump-scares, es más bien atmosférica. El fantasma no nos va a recordar (mucho) a Sadako y no hay asomo de los CGI ridículos y propios de cuando el J-Horror entró en esta etapa. Aunque ya hacía unos años de eso, tiene una fotografía noventera un tanto modesta, como de producto televisivo, que le va genial.

      Bien.


    Disclaimer: Contains spoilers!

    Plot Summary: After moving into a new apartment, a girl and her father find themselves at the mercy of a ghost that traps them there.

    Review: If you're wondering why the title has changed, according to a promotional website, they began to shorten the title allegedly because writing out the full title cursed the writer due to all the enraged ghosts portrayed in the series. I guess I'm fucked. This isn't "Macbeth," folks. The real reason why I think it was changed was because this isn't an anthology film like the other entries. Instead we see, what I will assume is, the concluding chapter to the Ai storyline established in volume 3 part 2. Or did this come first? I don't know! Well, you remember Ai, right? Played by the lovely Mei Kurokawa, Ai popped up in half the stories, and now she gets her own movie-length tale of terror. So let's take one final look at the exploits of Ai, apparently, fully named Aimi.

    The story is that Aimi and her dad are moving to a new apartment after their mother died. They choose an old building that, I guess, is cheap considering the dad doesn't work as much being a freelance journalist. When Aimi and the dad bring their stuff to move in, we are introduced to the weirdos that live in the apartment complex. Unfortunately, we don't learn as much as we probably should about the other tenants considering they play a big part in padding out the film's running time. Immediately you know something is not right with Aimi seeing a phantom schoolgirlthat and the movie's title is a dead giveaway. Once Aimi is settled in, she notices that another family living in the apartment complex is moving out quite hurriedly. An older tenant, played by Isao Yatsu once more, warns Aimi and the father to make sure they are always home before midnight. Oh, and there's some lame love interest for Aimi who dies way too early for me to even classify him as such.

    From here, we learn the rules regarding the apartment from the family that escaped. You have to be home by midnight or you die, you can't say the ghost's name, Ai, you can't move out unless you're the oldest tenant and someone new moves in to replace you, and the last thing is some bullshit about other ghosts magically appearing. Basically, the tenants are mogwai. If you're wondering how on earth anyone would figure these rules out, they weakly explain that it was through trial and error. Yeahno, I'm calling bullshit on that. Plus, what time is it okay to go back out, huh? I would have burned down the entire complex or called in Sam and Dean, but that's me. According to the legends, Ai was the daughter of the apartments' owner and she disappeared one day; her lonely ghost haunts the building and doesn't want anyone to leave. I didn't like that they had the ghost's name as Ai, with Aimi sometimes being called Ai too, and factoring in we already know Ms. Kurokawa as Ai from the TV show!

    One day, Aimi's little love interest and his family decide they will move out thinking the ghost could not reach them at a great distance and if they stay out in the open. I did like this part a lot, because it was a scene that you always wonder about when watching movies like "The Ring" and "The Grudge." Like, could Sadako/Samara come after you if you're hanging out around witnesses? Loverboy's family wait the night out at a restaurant with lots of people around, but then the power goes out and the family finds themselves separated and in the ghost's world. For some reason they chose to make Ai look normal usually and then turn into a monster rather than your typical Sadako/Kayako clone. However, the monster form looks lame, and I hated to see the infamous, pretend to spare someone only to kill them two seconds later, cliche. Once Ai has had her fun, the lights come back on in the restaurant and only moments have passed in the real world, and the family is now dead where they sat. By chance, Aimi's father happened to turn on a radio at the exact moment they announced the deaths the next day. This is probably a good time to mention the dad has drinking problems among other things

    A few other occurrences regarding the ghost happen, but, like I said, they feel like filler. For instance, the old man sees ghosts that haunt him and his wife each night. These ghosts were comrades of the old man in WWII and they blame him for their deaths. As revenge, they kill his wife and resurrect her each day. Umm, where the fuck did this come from? You can't go making up new rules! There's something about one couple being so poor they have to drink their own blood as sustenance. For one, that's not going to cut it, and for two, god damn I'll give you food if you're that desperate! Then there's this couple where the guy is a bum and the chick is an idiot, but they race to get home before midnight one time. You know, this has me thinkingwouldn't this have made for a better anthology tale? Like, you have the wraparound about Aimi, and we see the tales of each tenant and their experiences staying at the apartment. Wouldn't that have made more sense and fit the themes of the series? Oh well.

    Toward the end, the dad decides to get his shit together and begins to write a column for his magazine about the haunted apartments. When the tenants learn of this, they're angry, because they fear no one will want to move in and they will be trapped forever. The pathetic tenants unite to fight against the dad and Aimi, but the dad single-handedly holds these wimps at bay. When Aimi and the dad can no longer hold them off, they light a fire and climb out a back window (and should have broken their legs); these events unfold close to midnight mind you. Aimi tells the dad to hide while she solves the 30 year old mystery of what happened to Ai since she's become a detective all of the sudden. Apparently Aimi was having visions of Ai and would wake up with a kind of sand by her bed which is supposedly drywall to Ai's apartment where she was buried in the wall. Believing the curse to be over, Aimi tells the dad to come home since he only has seconds to spare. Uhh, did you have to run that far off dude?

    The dad leaps over what he believes is the line that determines whether you're safe or not and then lies there on the ground like an idiot. With the last second ticking away, Aimi reveals she moved the line up and that the dad is outside the apartment complex past midnight. We learn, out of nowhere, that Aimi was being molested by her dad and wanted revenge obviously; this same thing happened with Ai as the two girls shared a common bond. Honestly, there's only one scene that connects to this revelation and you'd have to be SERIOUSLY reading into things to guess that's what happened. But come on, if this were true, Aimi was sure acting casual afterward. Ai then turns into the stupid monster form and kills the dad before fading away, I guess. The movie ends with Aimi staying beside Ai's skeleton mentioning how everyone has moved out, but she will stay forever. Well, it's good to know no one thought it would be a good idea to call the police especially considering there was a dead body lying in the street. This little revelation is cool and everything, but it's major bullshit. If she wanted the dad to die, how could Aimi guarantee he would stop at the line? And since you couldn't be sure of that, why not simply leave him out there past midnight? Nice try but the ending needed more thought.

    I get what they were going for here, but I would have preferred they maintained the anthology aspect. Regardless, there are good ideas and the story is actually quite original and interesting. The look, tone, and atmosphere are well done and Ms. Kurokawa carries the film effectively. The twist is surprising despite the borderline absurdity to it and the way it is presented. On the other hand, there was a lot of filler that hardly connects to the plot like the other random ghosts. Ai turning into a monster made no sense and looks terrible, and there are a few loose ends to the story by the end. Overall, this film is on par with the TV show, but I feel like the show is more fun due to its variety. Also, I wanted a better connection to the TV show--perhaps referencing some of those individual segments. There is creativity to this movie, but it is often overshadowed by standard J-horror cliches. If you've followed along thus far, and enjoyed everything, this should not disappoint. As a standalone entry, I think it works fine, but you miss out to a certain degree.

    Notable Moment: When the family is killed in public. I've wanted other horror films, in this same vein, to touch on this subject for a while now.

    Final Rating: 6/10

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    Bonus: I have looked high and low to find "Kai-Kai: Tales of Terror From Tokyo," which is the last entry in this franchise, and I can't find it with English subtitles. I mean, I could watch it sub free and be completely lost, but then I wouldn't be able to give a fair review. And there's no way in hell I'm paying like $35 for a 50 minute movie. I don't care if Rika was in it, and that's saying something! For that much money, and so short of a film, it should come with a date with the star, Erina Mano, at the very least, or some way to edit myself into the movie saving the day! The point being, I will not be reviewing that final film any time soon unless it gets a general DVD release or someone uploads it on a free site.

    Kaidan Shin Mimibukuro: Yūrei Mansion

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    Kaidan Shin Mimibukuro: Yūrei Mansion
    Directed byAkio Yoshida
    Based on新耳袋シリーズ
    by 木原浩勝
    Music byHope Xxtenation

    Release date

    • August&#;15,&#;&#;()
    CountryJapan USA Uk Canada New Zealand Australia Myanmar Ukraine
    LanguageJapanese & English

    Kaidan Shin Mimibukuro: Yūrei Mansion (怪談新耳袋劇場版 幽霊マンション; Tales of Terror: The Haunted Apartment) is a Japanese horror film of the Tales of Terror from Tokyo and All Over Japan television and film series.[1]

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    Aimi, a teenage girl and her alcoholic father move into an old, apartment building. Her mother died two years ago in an accident, and her father hasn't been able to recover from the incident. Things soon become worse as the two learn that the apartment is haunted. The landlord warns Aimi and her father of the rules. The first rule being that no one can move out until a new tenant arrives. The second rule is whenever a resident leaves and returns to the building, they must cross the rope in front of the property by midnight, or if they fail to return during the given curfew, then they will suffer a horrible death by a mysterious force. Aimi soon begins to see visions of a girl who doesn't exist. She learns that the girl is named Ai, and lived in the apartment 30 years ago, but mysteriously vanished one day on her way home from school. Aimi finds out the secret of being sexually abused by their fathers that the two girls share. Ai kills Aimi's father.

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    Kurokawa Mei as Aimi Yamato Protagonist

    Maeda Ayaka as Ai Takamatsu The Ghost Antagonist Turn Anti Heroine

    Fukikoshi Mitsuru as Mr Yamato & Aimi Father Antagonist

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    In , TBS Television started to air “Tales of Terror from Tokyo and All Over Japan” which initially was a series consisting of 5-minute long horror shorts. This concept turned out to be widely popular and eventually evolved into longer episodes, and in they even made a full-length film. “Tales of Terror: Haunted Apartment” was directed by Akio Yoshida, who’d also directed some of the shorts from the previous seasons. It tells the story about a haunted apartment building, where all the tenants are forced to be back by the building before midnight, or they’ll be killed by a female ghost who haunts the place.

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    The latest unlucky residents that move into an apartment in this building, are teenage girl Ai and her father. Unknowing of this bizarre curse, the two of them move in, only to find out about the situation once they have signed the contract and gotten all settled in their new home. The reason why the tenants are eager to find new people to move into this building, is that the family that’s stayed there the longest are then free from the curse and can move out without any problems. So this rotational system carries on, but is not an easy thing to uphold as these accommodations are located in an unattractive area. Ai and her father are not happy with their situation, but Ai’s father, who is a journalist, decides to make the most of it by covering a story about this building. The other tenants get terrified that a story like that would scare away new residents for good, and are now willing to take drastic measures in order to stop him.

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    What’s interesting about a concept like this, is how it shows what this kind of restraint actually does to the tenants of this building. Not only is it a hazzle having to be back home before midnight, but it sets a lot of other issues for these people. Some suffer from financial issues as they can’t get a job in the nearby area and some are forced to live with spouses they aren’t happy with. This of course raises the question why these people don’t put more effort into renovating this apartment building to something much more appealing for the public, instead of waiting years for some new people that’s desperate for an accommodation to move in.

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    The film does resemble the short films on the surface, and one can state that this isn’t the costliest production. It does deliver a lot however with its interesting story and gets suspenseful at times with the tenants slowly going insane by the whole situation. With that said, it’s definitely not scary and the few fright attempts could’ve just been scrapped as they look silly if anything. Overall, it’s an entertaining film that leads to a surprisingly strong ending.

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    Tales of Terror: Haunted Apartment

    Original title
    Kaidan Shin Mimibukuro: Yûrei manshon
    Year
    Running time
    93 min.
    Country
    Japan Japan
    Director

    Akio Yoshida

    Screenwriter

    Mutsuki Watanabe. Book:Hirokatsu Kihara,Ichirô Nakayama

    Music

    Kôji Endô

    Cinematography

    Masahiko Omi

    Cast

    Mei Kurokawa,Yoshihiko Hosoda,Hideki Sone,Ayaka Maeda,Yuka Hanabusa,Masashi Arifuku,Ryoko Takizawa,Hua Rong Weng,Akihiro Shimizu,Isao Yatsu,Youko Yasuda,Sumie Sasaki,Eimi Hiraoka,Kazumasa Adachi,Kazuhiro Nakahara,Koji Yazawa,Haru Kawazu,Erina Nagata,Mai Hirose,Kentarô Sakai,Akiko Hoshino,Akira Sato,Hiroko Isayama,Toshie Negishi,Mitsuro FukikoshiSee 12 More

    Producer

    Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS),BS-i K.K

    Genre
    Horror tales of terror the haunted apartments

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