Dark Water
Honogurai Mizu no soko kara lit
Japan, 2002, 101 minutes
Dark Water Synopsis

Yoshimi Matsubara (Hitomi Kuroki), who, in the midst of an unpleasant divorce, moves to an eerie, run-down apartment building with her young daughter, Ikuko (Rio Kanno). The ceiling of their apartment has a dark and active leak. Yoshimi discovers that the upstairs apartment, which appears to be the source of the leak, was formerly the home of a deceased young girl named Mitsuko Kawai.

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Reviewed by Tania123
Very much of the ghost story genre rather than horror, Dark Water offers the viewer a melancholy and inconclusive closure. A mother coming to terms with her own unhappy childhood,... more
Very much of the ghost story genre rather than horror, Dark Water offers the viewer a melancholy and inconclusive closure. A mother coming to terms with her own unhappy childhood, and struggling to give her own daughter something better, confronts the ghost of an unhappy girl. What is impressive about this film is the director's determination to keep the story firmly rooted in the domestic and mundane world. Rather than big money thrills and violence, the story unsettles the viewer over ninety minutes, providing its coup de grace in a heart-breaking and puzzling conclusion. A cult classic.
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  • As far as J-horror films go, Pulse and Ringu are better but this still kicks balls.

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  • As far as J-horror films go, Pulse and Ringu are better but this still kicks balls.
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  • Awesome horror film, gave me chills man!

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  • Awesome horror film, gave me chills man!
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