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Apartment 1303

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(Horror) A young woman commits suicide by plunging off the balcony of the new apartment she had just moved into. Her sister begins to investigate and discovers the apartment itself has a shocking and gruesome history which pits her face-to-face with an evil more terrifying than she could ever have imagined.

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  • Actors: Naoko Otani, Eriko Hatsune, Yuka Itaya, Arata Furuta, Noriko Nakagoshi
  • Directors: Ataru Oikawa
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2007
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,234 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I can't say that I completely agree with those critics who classify Apartment 1303 as a derivative film that does nothing more than combine and repeat many of the clichés that have come to define early 21st century Asian horror. Yes, there are similarities with J-Horror flicks such as Ju-on: an evil, long-haired female ghost tied to a specific, seemingly cursed dwelling; an attempt by a haunted young woman to learn the story of the ghost and thereby free it from its deadly anger; the revelation of the haunting's origins via flashback deep into the movie; a few Ringu-like facial expressions; the presence of a mysteriously creepy little kid; etc. Still, I think this film ultimately moves in a different kind of direction, giving birth to an atmosphere all its own. In doing so, it helps to reveal the true magic of Asian horror, which I can sum up in one word: emotion. While I enjoyed Apartment 1303, it's a far cry from the best that Asian Horror has to offer, yet it still manages to touch the viewer on an emotional level, generating sympathy for the deadly ghost as well as the young girl caught up in its horrors. I don't remember the last time I really cared about any character in an American horror film. As I said, though, Apartment 1303 is far from perfect. I found the plot to be rather ambiguous in places, and I'll admit that I can't completely come to grips with the ending - one aspect of it in particular. Still, though, I was not nearly as disappointed with this film as a lot of Asian horror fans seem to be.

We learn right from the start that something just ain't right about Apartment 1303.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 7, 2008
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When dealing with genre films, in this case the Japanese yurei, it isn't really important to judge how original they are, but it how well they riff on the established tropes. All zombie flicks have the walking dead, but some walk with a jauntier step than others. All vampire flicks have blood suckers, but some pack a little more bite. All yurei flicks are going to have long-haired, white faced girls, and what matters is where you go from there.

"Apartment 1303" isn't a great film, but it doesn't try to be. It is a simple haunted-apartment story, with no intention other than offering some entertainment and some chills, both of which it does just fine. The premise is actually a real and ongoing situation in Japan. When there is some known ghostly activity in an apartment, or where a suicide or murder has been committed, the rent becomes super-cheap although the rental agent often doesn't tell you why. Just by the price of the apartment you know something is going on.

Director Oikawa Ataru is best known for the Tomie series, and I believe this was his first venture into the yurei genre. He handles the conventions well, and maintains a nice spooky atmosphere for most of the film. Lead actress Hatsune Eriko (Uzumaki) handles her horror-duties well, and it is nice to see her pop up again. The movie derails a little bit when Oikawa goes for the special effects shots rather than the atmosphere.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon on December 3, 2009
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The movie centers around the apartment 1303 which seems to have been the focus of some unusual deaths. I have watched so many Asian horror that have not brought out the creepiness you would expect from the better ones. This one delivers but it does take a while before you see the real evil behind the apartment. Well worth the time if you like some twists and good leading characters. Some elements may have been borrowed from Ju-on and others like it, but altogether the movie has it's own take on supernatural forces working from deep-rooted insanity from the past...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 1, 2009
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Apartment 1303 (Ataru Oikawa, 2007)

I hate the idea that I've seen every great Asian ghost story to come out of the Japanese New Horror explosion that began a decade ago, but the more mediocre offerings I see, the more I think maybe this subgenre has played itself out for another few decades. Apartment 1303 is definitely in the "mediocre" category, especially if you've seen all the big name flicks and have a good idea of the way these things are structured.

As the movie begins, Mariko (Noriko Makagochi from the recent live-action adaptation of Orochi: Blood)'s younger sister Sayaka has just rented the title apartment. During her housewarming party, she suddenly gets up, walks to the balcony, and flings herself over. Mariko, desperate to find out what would possess her sister to do such a thing, moves into the apartment herself and begins investigating. She quickly discovers that 1303 has had quite a few suicides, all of them young women, and has to try and figure out what's causing this before she becomes the apartment's next victim.

If this synopsis sounds familiar, it's probably because you've seen a few movies of this type; in fact, it's quite close to the plot of Ring, the movie that started the revitalization of the genre. So, yeah, this is one of those cases where if you've seen any movie in the genre, it's probably Ring, and this one's already got two strikes against it. That doesn't mean there's an insurmountable obstacle in the way, but the movie would have had to be sterling in at least some aspect to overcome it; there's nothing about this that qualifies. Not really worth it unless you've seen every other movie of this stripe you know of and just can't get enough. **
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