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Cursed (2005)

Kyôko Akiba , Yumeaki Hirayama , Yoshihiro Hoshino  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kyôko Akiba, Yumeaki Hirayama, Takaaki Iwao, Etsuyo Mitani, Hiroko Satô
  • Directors: Yoshihiro Hoshino
  • Writers: Yumeaki Hirayama, Yoshihiro Hoshino, Hirotoshi Kobayashi
  • Producers: Akihiro Itô, Chikao Imagawa, Ippei Takahashi, Suguru Matsumura, Takeshi Katô
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dubbed, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tokyo Shock
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2005
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007CNY2W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,816 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cursed" on IMDb

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Experience a new fear. Prepare for the unknown… You will see something you will never forget…Nao Shingaki has a part-time job at a mini-mart. Outwardly, it looks like any other mini-mart, but there is something unmistakably abnormal about the place. Inside, the air is choked with vengeful spirits. Outside, thebackyard reeks with a horrible smell. The owner of the mini-mart seems to be overjoyed by the severe injuries sustained by a sales rep for a majorfranchise; while his wife suffers from an unknown madness and spends all of her time staring into the security cameras. Now the spirits have claimed the souls of the night-shift clerk and several customers. Nao is now faced with the task of somehow trying to escape this demonic terror!

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not taking itself altogether seriously.... May 22, 2005
I watched this film over the course of 2 nights, so I had time to ruminate over the things I'd watched... And I have to say this.... That after sleeping on it after watching 2/3 of the film, it occured to me that it is msking a play on conventional supernatural thrillers.

First, the plot: Nao has a part-time job at Mitsuya Mart, a store that is run by a whacked-out middle-age married couple, and has one other part-timer(forget his name), whom works at night. There isn't much of an actual plot, basically, the store is joining a chain of convenience stores called "Cosmo Mart", and a lady is taking inventory on their stock while Nao is repeatedly freaked out by the going-ons at Mitsuya Mart. Whether it be the creepy hooded dude or the crows crashing into the window, Nao is thouroughly freaked out.! And rightly so...

Although Cursed could've taken itself seriously,it doesn't, its always winking back at you, going "Haha!!!".! But its not self-indulgent, it just plays on a lot of this typical horror conventions, universal or strictly Asian conventions. For instence it plays on the whole "Scary" music trend. Only the "scary" music in this is REALLY BAD!!! The characters whom are posessed are soooo OVER the top!!! There is also a ghost whom "tries" to resemble the ghost from Ju-on as well(The fridge scene).

So overall, not a serious film, although it "appears" to be serious, there are some obvious clues to the contrary, such as: The laugh of the hooded character, the cartoonish eyeball effects of Nao's co-worker shortly after posession, and the overzealous insanity of a couple characters.

I would say, go in keeping in mind that this IS a horror film, so it has some good gore moments, and even some good scares, and is creepy, as long as you DON'T take it seriously.

God Bless & *enjoy* ~Amy
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Haunted 7/11 May 21, 2005
Anyone has to admit that a haunted 7/11 type store is a unique concept. The movie has a simpleton's plot, you don't need to have Tesla's IQ to figure this. You only have a few characters to deal with. The morbid couple who owns the store. The day shift clerk, and the night shift clerk. And last, the pretty lady from the Corporate Office doing an inventory of the store. I think this woman should have been the protagonist. And of course the innocent customers who get killed for committing the act of buying from the cursed store.

This movie is a fusion of what makes a horror movie. This includes the register ringing up totals of 666, 696, etc, a man chasing a lady customer (this was actually a good suspense part that left me breath taken and laughing for the sheer pleasure of being scared), the usual possession, and the couples maniacal laughter. You can actually slice these scenes out and figure, they'd all been borrowed from other horror movies. But you find these in one movie called the Curse.

They of course reveal the reason why that darn store is Cursed. And the explanation is very much like another movie, titled Poltergeist.

Yeah, it's entertaining. Enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average Horror Film From Japan: Worth A Watch! January 26, 2007
"Cursed," is an average 'B' horror film from Japan. And as many of the reviewers have noted, it doesn't take itself too seriously. The film was directed by Yoshiro Hoshino, and I personally don't think he meant the film to be taken too seriously. [However, I may be wrong]. Don't go into this film expecting too much, and you won't be disappointed. The films narrative revolves around a haunted mini-mart. The owners of the mini-mart are a very strange husband and wife. The owner (Etsuyo Mitani) and his wife (Osamu Takahashi) have a few screws loose: As they spend most of their time watching the stores video surveillance cameras.

Enter Nao Shinagaki (Hiroko Sato) who is a part-time employee in the store. The cash register is very strange indeed. Whatever the customers buy in the store, the same number pops up on the register: 666 or 999 yen. Moreover, anyone who buys something in this store eventually winds up dead. An evil spirit follows the victims home. However, each haunting is different, and the same spirit never follows the victims home. Furthermore, each of the hauntings and killings are completely different from each other.

The film is not too high on the scare factor, but there is a creepiness to the film nonetheless. Just don't expect too much in the scare factor. Also, the film is very low budget, and this shows in the film. The films main protagonist Nao (Hiroko Sato) begins to notice the strange happenings at the mini-mart, not to mention the odd and very strange owners of the store. There is not much in regards to great special effects. However, the film is worth watching. Also, there are no special features on the DVD, as it is pretty much bare bones. Recommended for those who love J-Horror. However, you might want to rent it first.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A lot about this movie is bizarre. I'm not sure if it's purely from the cultural divide or what, but it's very refreshing. Most films in this genre fail miserably by either trying solely to gross you out or are just boring carbon copies of the many other horror films out there. A great quirky horror flick, don't miss this one.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie October 28, 2006
This is one of the gems of receint horror movies. 95% of the ones I see, especially the American ones are over the top in gore, but not actually scary at all. This one, you only actually see one death. Every thing else is done with music, mood, or shot. Completely love this flick. Pays hommage to many other movies, but mostly feels Hitchcock to me.

Shots are completely georgous, music fits the mood completely.

Can't recommend this flick any more. Origional, fun, funny, tension building...

Want to shout at the dude in the ball scene every single time I see it, "Don't go down that freaking hall!!!!"... and have watched the movie like 30+ times now. Most other movies I buy, I think I might watch them like 5-10 times, but this one is the one I throw in when anyone is over... "Hey, have you heard of this one.. you have to see it!!!"
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Nao (Hiroko Satô) works at a haunted convenience store. Customers die. Would be customers die. The owners are odd and no one works there very long. Read more
Published 2 months ago by The Movie Guy
3.0 out of 5 stars The Market is CURSED.....
I'm starting to get the feeling that Asian Horror is getting old. Ringu, Ju-on: The Grudge, The Shutter, and Gin Gwai were top-notch. Read more
Published on October 7, 2011 by Eric S. Kim
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Time Creepy
Although they certainly could have come with a better title for the US release of "Cursed", the film mostly bucks the well-worn Asian ghost premise and has fun with a variety of... Read more
Published on August 11, 2009 by D. Sippel
5.0 out of 5 stars Japanese Horror At Its Best
I have over 150 Asian Horror movies and this one is one of my favorites.There is so many sub-plots going on that it stays entertaining till the end. Read more
Published on February 15, 2009 by matthew haw
4.0 out of 5 stars A surreal, uniquely weird film I found mesmerizing
In America, low-budget B-horror movies are, for the most part, open invitations for people like me to write scathing reviews trying to be as hilariously witty as possible while... Read more
Published on July 14, 2008 by Daniel Jolley
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite of the Japanese horrors.
I've seen so many of them, from the well known (Ju On, Ring, etc) to the more obscure (Organ) but this is my personal favourite. Read more
Published on May 27, 2008 by Music Lover.
1.0 out of 5 stars Worse movie ever...
I had high hopes for this movie when I picked it up at the local shop. The description sounded good according to the back of the box, however the movie was uninteresting. Read more
Published on February 4, 2008 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars No werewolves?
Sorry for the lame title.

Anyway, here we have another J-Horror movie involving some sort of curse. Read more
Published on February 24, 2007 by William F. Soule
2.0 out of 5 stars What the hell?
Good movie, scary, original..?? are u guys serious ? i think this one is crappy, lame, dull.., bla bla..., "dark tales of japan" is far better than this trash. Read more
Published on May 4, 2006
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