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Gurozuka

2.9 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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A fun getaway turns into a journey to Hell for some teenage girls visiting an isolated house to rehearse and perform a play for their private movie club. Taking the trip with an adult chaperone, the girls learn that a previous club member supposedly went missing in the house, and another went insane! Shortly after they arrive, a mysterious videotape is found with footage of a violent killer wearing a Japanese deigan mask. Is this footage real or fake? Soon, their food and equipment disappears and one of the girls is haunted by ghostly visions of the masked demon. Someone or something is in the house, and gruesome death awaits those who cannot escape!
Synapse Films is proud to present Yôichi Nishiyama's GUROZUKA, a stylized horror film in the tradition of SCREAM and genre-bending Japanese classic, THE RING!
Bonus Features include:
The Making of GUROZUKA - Featurette
Original Trailer

Special Features

  • The Making Of GUROZUKA - Featurette
  • Original Trailer

Product Details

  • Actors: Keiko Saito, Yuko Kurosawa, Yukari Fukui, Nozomi Ando, Yoko Mitsuya
  • Directors: Yôichi Nishiyama
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Synapse Films
  • DVD Release Date: January 10, 2012
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0062PZJQW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,946 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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After a few years of not seeing a new J-horror film it was nice to see this release. Synapse did a great job with the DVD, as usual. The picture quality is quite good on this anamorphic widescreen DVD.
The film isn't as scary as a lot of j-horror, but there are a couple of jump scares, the characters are interesting, the film moves along at a brisk pace, and the the entire cast is pretty :) . Parts of it make you wonder if it's a dream or a ghost or what, and part of this feel is what helps the viewer ask questions while watching it...you're not quite sure what's real. Anyway, I liked it for what it was. Don't expect edge-of-your-seat scariness, but a decent time-passer that should give you a couple of jumps along with an entertaining story.
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It's an OK Japanese thriller. It is not a horror movie nor a cheap T&A movie.

The story is about a half dozen college students and a teacher/professor going to a remote lodge in the hills during the off season (not explained in English). Two of them want to make a movie. One wants to be a star and has two entourages. The Entourages called their leader "Sempai" (again, not explained in English, the dynamic of how that worked. The teacher brings along one of the movie maker's sister. No clear explanation is given why the younger sister has to tag along except for rumors of the sister and teacher being gay (no, there aren't any lesbian scenes). Why that was thrown in, I have no idea and it is not germain to the story. And of course, at the lodge 7 years ago, there were murders and the teacher was there...etc. I won't go any more but it gives you a taste of what the story is about.

The Good is that it stays true to the story. No sudden addition of characters ala "Scooby-Doo" or other cartoonish thriller/horror movies. The story is good but not polished. Perhaps a couple of re-writes would have made this movie into a four star category.

The Bad. It loses at least one star due to the translation. Words like "Sempai" and "Sensei" are not translated but turned into English by either ignoring the word or using "Mrs." instead. I'll let you look up the words. Acting is good but unfortunately it sounds like they are reading a script but that may be due them speaking Japanese which often sounds like mono-tone. Why? There are some words in Japanese that when you say the word, you must give or take away emphasis to mean what you meant.
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By potzo on December 2, 2014
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Cheesy, slasher flik. Just Japanese. Rumors of crazed killings at a site in the woods. Followed by slasher style cinema. It is what you would expect. Not super low budget so about average theatre release slash film quality (without boob shots). All female cast.
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This is considered "Asian Cult" but I found it lacking as a good cult film. A bunch of girls revive the "movie club" and travel to a remote location to make a film. It just so happens this is the same location the last movie club went to before weird things happened. There is an 8mm film of a killing that seems to have some kind of effect on people...or not.

The girls start snooping around trying to figure out what happened when things start to happen to them.

This is Japanese horror that seems to lack horror. The acting didn't seem that good...hard to tell when you are reading subtitles. The girls watching the film had that "Ring" feel to it, but that was about it. Better Asian cult horror out there.

Parental Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity.
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First off, I would like to say that this was a good film in theory. It doesn't follow the general J-Horror patterns of storytelling that we've become so used to over the last several years. Add to that the addition of a mystery plot along the way and you end up with something quite different.

In the film, a group of female college students travel deep into a forest where they plan to do some filming for their newly formed movie club. Apparently the club existed seven years ago, but was disbanded when one of the members went crazy on a shoot and murdered another club member. In fact, it seems the murder was recorded on an 8 mm camera when it occurred, but when the girls see it, they believe it's only movie theatrics they're viewing, not a real murder.

The movie takes some interesting twists and turns until the film reaches its conclusion, I won't spoil it for you.

Well Gorozuka had a good concept in general. I liked the "who done it element" joined by the possibility that a real spirit was at work in the forest. There were definitely some genuine moments where I jumped, and the movie kept me guessing for a while.

However, the film does suffer due to some mediocre acting. The girls never seemed scared enough to me, considering the situation they were in. Also, the conflicts between the girls should have had a lot more attention given to them. It was apparent to me that there were some deep rooted resentments in the group, but the film only gives us bits and pieces about those resentments. Delving into them further might have helped the viewer feel more sympathy for the characters once they ran into trouble. Instead, the movie turns into a "who done it" story part of the time, while attempting to make several of the girls look guilty.
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