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Kadokawa Horror Collection

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Loaded with atmospheric terror and supernatural themes the four films in the KADOKAWA HORROR COLLECTION exemplify the late-1990s/early-2000s Japanese horror boom: in INUGAMI (2001) a cursed family accidentally unleashes its ancestors' evil spirits; in SHIKOKU (1999) a young girl is haunted by the vengeful ghost of her childhood friend; in SHADOW OF THE WRAITH (2007) two brothers become involved with a pair of unstable women; and in ISOLA (2000) a telepathic woman meets a schizophrenic whose multiple personalities may be triggering earthquakes. See individual titles for further plot details.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: SPORTS/GAMES/MIXED MARTIAL ARTS Rating: NR UPC: 787364768790

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Product Details

  • Format: AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Bci / Eclipse
  • DVD Release Date: February 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 416 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000L43P9S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,926 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 16, 2007
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The Japanese have a special talent for creating good horror, usually centered on horrific ghosts and unhappy outsiders -- nice cultural overtones there.

But the "Kadokawa Horror Collection" contains four of the more lackluster examples of the J-Horror genre -- "Shadow of the Wraith," "Inugami," "Isola" and "Shikoku." These movies are vaguely amusing in a brain candy kind of way -- pretty ordinary low-grade horror at best, dull and incoherent at worst.

"Shikoku" features a young trio: Hinako, Sayori and their mutual crush Fumiya were inseparable as children, until Hinako moved away. Now ten years have passed, and Hinako (Yui Natsukawa) returns to the old hometown -- but she finds that Sayori (Chiaki Kuriyama) drowned some years before, and Fumiya (Michitaka Tsutsui) is still haunted by her presence.

But ghosts are rising around the town, and a muttering old priestess is making her rounds, reversing the seals on temples -- and breaking down the barrier between life and death. As Fumiya and Hinako start to fall in love, Hinako begins seeing Sayori's apparition -- and finds that Sayori's mother is determined to bring her daughter back to life.

"Inugami" are a problem in the sleepy village where middle-aged Miki Bonomiya (Yuki Amami) has buried her tragic youth. But all that changes when teacher Akira Nutahara (Atsuro Watabe) arrives at the village, and the two quickly fall in love. Suddenly Miki is acting oddly, and strange deaths are occurring around the village -- supposedly by the "inugami," dog spirits that the Bonomiya women control.

Miki is blamed for these, and the village begins to turn against the Bonomiyas -- and the Bonomiyas start to turn against each other, with madness and suicide.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric J. Kerkove on July 19, 2013
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Japanese horror films range in quality and subject matter from the darkly psychological to blood-spraying gorefests, but few are are genuinely chilling. Those that are are real treasures and the Kadokawa Horror Collection is a set of four very worthwhile films.

I was attracted to this collection mostly because of the price. Four feature-length films in one tidy package for the price of one was just too hard to past up. I was pleased, however, when I enjoyed each film as I watched it in turn. The stories, the production value, and even the acting is really top shelf quality.

A word of warning: if you are into J-horror because of deeply disturbing tales (such as Juon) or for goreporn to laugh at with your friends (such as The Machine Girl), these films may not be for you. While frightening in their own way, they tend to be a bit more subdued and intellectual in nature. Not everything that comes out of Japan needs to be wacky and over-the-top to be enjoyed and, if you can accept that, you would do will to add this collection to your horror library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By michael on January 6, 2013
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I love it because four different short horror stories. Not too short and not too long. Usually, most of the Japanese horror movies don't make sense in the end, but I like these stories. Some of them a have a little bit of the Japanese superstitions and craziness!
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