Coming to DVD from director Takashi Shimizu, Ogura Jimusyo Inc., and Well Go USA Entertainment comes a film that will leave you TORMENTED 3D.
This film tells the story of Kiriko (Hikari Mitsushima), a young mute woman who works at the local library. Along with her is little brother Daigo (Takeru Shibuya) who is often bullied by the other school children.
While at the theatre together, the film has a rabbit, which floats out of the screen and into Daigo’s hands. He takes it home and that night the rabbit takes him into another world and swiftly scares him. Calling out to his sister Kiriko is the only thing that saves him.
Ignoring them both is their father Kohei (Teruyuki Kagawa), a pop up book writer who knows something is wrong but hopes it will go away. Finally he believes that Kiriko is responsible and has her committed.
That doesn’t stop the rabbit or the memories that become clearer and clearer!
FINAL WORD: Mitshushima plays the role of Kiriko very well, which is saying something since she dosen’t speak. As the sister with hurtful childhood memories she is very protective and loving of her little brother. There is a separation between Kiriko and her father, which is played out.
Shibuya as Daigo is a young boy that presents as a bullied child. Hiding behind his sister, these are the only moments of seeing a child who is in between a mute sister and a father who treats him as if he isn’t there.
Kagawa as father Kohei doesn’t come around until the middle of the film and even then seems uncomfortable being a father. Kagawa does this well but is scattered. It doesn’t affect the film but at times noticeable.
Other cast include: Tamaki Ogawa, Nao Ohmori, Momoko Tanabe, and Akira Takahashi.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give TORMENTED 3D three tubs of popcorn out of five. It’s great that this DVD offers both the 3D and 2D version of the film. The cinematography is very clean and the affects just flow beautifully. The story takes its time in the telling and in the dark that builds up the tension just where I’m sure the director wants it to be.
Director Shimizu is the Japanese filmmaker who is best known for the JU-ON horror films. He is also responsible for scaring millions of horror fans with the films THE CURSE, REINCARNATION, TEN NIGHTS OF DREAMS and most known – THE GRUDGE.
In the end – the rabbit leads to the secrets!
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