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Love Ghost (2000)

Kumiko Akiyoshi , Mao Asami , Kazuyuki Shibuya  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Kumiko Akiyoshi, Mao Asami, Risa Gotô, Shuntaro Hani, Hirotarô Honda
  • Directors: Kazuyuki Shibuya
  • Writers: Junji Ito, Naoyuki Tomomatsu
  • Producers: Jun'ichi Matsushita, Takayuki Yanagisawa
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tokyo Shock
  • DVD Release Date: May 16, 2006
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,152 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Love Ghost" on IMDb

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Midori has just transferred high schools and returned to the town she lived in as a young girl. When Midori arrives at school she notices that a childhood friend, Ryusuke Shibayama, is also in her class. Meanwhile, a rumor about the beautiful boy fortuneteller at the Shrine comes up among the students right about the same time. They say the mysterious young boy who wraps himself in black clothing is so beautiful that he makes girls’ hearts stop as they fall under his spell.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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Love Ghost is a film that I really enjoyed. I enjoyed it for the fact that it's a horror film that actually had a well developed story, and since it's a ghost story, it didn't fall into the many clichés that encompass the realm of ghost films. There are many original concepts presented in Love Ghost, as well as a story that doesn't suffocate itself by bringing with it tons of blood and gore (even though there is a little).

Love Ghost is based off the Manga by Junji Ito (Uzumaki, Tomie). The film tells the story of Midori (Risa Goto) and her mother, who have recently moved back to the town where Midori lived as a child. It is here that Midori begins to make new friends at her school, as well as rekindle past feelings for a boy she had a crush on when she was little. The boy is Ryuuhei (Ryuhei Matsuda), and as she soon discovers, not all is what it seems regarding Ryuuhei and his past. There is something very strange about Ryuuhei, and when some of Midori's classmates begin to commit suicide, Midori is determined to figure how and why all these horrible incidents occurred.

The acting in the film great considering the majority of the actors were quite young. Risa Goto (Midori) was great in her portrayal as the protagonist, but as for the part Ryuhei Matsuda (Ryuuhei) played, there could have been little more enthusiasm from him. He literally only says around three sentences throughout the whole film, hardly displays any emotion, and most of his screen time is filled with gazes and stares. For such a vital character as Ryuuhei, you would expect a little more, and the little we get from him is good but could've been better.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very cool storyline March 10, 2007
After reading many of reviews concerning this movie, I was more than intrigued to check out myself. I'm glad that I did. I don't usually watch movies with a romantic paranormal twist to it, but this one held my attention from start to finish. What makes it different from the rest is that you have no idea what is real and what isn't. I love how the writers did the storyline; instead of going into the two main characters past to deeply, they leave the viewer guessing throughout. It isn't until the end that you are able to figure out what really happened and why.

Amazing throughout. If you like paranormal movies with a slight touch of romanticism, then you'll enjoy this.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood Memories Of Love And Regret: A Ghost Story! January 28, 2007
"Love Ghost," is an excellent film. The film itself, directed by Kazuyuki Shibuya, is based on the Manga by Junji Ito [Uzumaki, Tomie]. More importantly, as the reviewer below noted in his review, it is refreshing in that there are not tons of blood and gore in the film: That gets old real fast. [Although it does have its share of violence]. But not enough to nauseate one. Moreover, I found the film to be very good. I purchased this film some years back on a whim, and had not seen the film in a few years, until I decided to take it out of my storage, along with some other DVDs and Videos, to view it again recently; and I found that it had held up to my previous liking of the film. This is both a drama and a ghost story.

The film has a very well developed storyline, which is a plus in any film. The films narrative centers on the main protagonist Fukada Midori (Risa Goto) and her mother who have just moved back to the place where Midori lived as a child. Moreover, she begins to rekindle her friendship with a boy she once had a crush on: The films main antagonist Shibayama Ryusuke (Ryuhei Matsuda). However, there is something strange and different about her childhood friend. As Midori's classmates begin to commit suicide, Midori is perplexed and tries to understand why.

The films narrative is able to keep the viewer in suspense as to what, and why these events are happening. For one thing, the other teenage girls at Midori's school are a little jealous of her beauty [she catches the looking glances of the boys]. But it is the game the girls play to amuse themselves that is a bit more ominous in tone. These girls are into fortune telling, tarot cards, and reading horoscopes. Yet not content to dabble in this fun, they decide to play a new game called Tsujiura.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I Completely Changed My Mind About This One September 8, 2010
Over recent years I've learned that repeat viewings of movies are really important. Most of the time my first impression is the most reliable, but it's not uncommon that I change my opinion of a film after watching it twice. Sometimes the circumstances surrounding the first viewing were not ideal (e.g., illness, drowsiness, etc.) or perhaps more experience with a particular subgenre (e.g., exploitation, cyberpunk, etc.) or director results in a greater appreciation at a later time. My revised ratings are usually slight to moderate upgrades with a few rare downgrades.

"Lovesick Dead" is about a girl who returns to her home town, but recognizes that something is amiss when her highschool classmates commit suicide near a local shrine. My first impression of this film was that it was simply a decent attempt at blending horror and romance. Well, I was wrong. It's actually a very good attempt at blending horror and romance with a tight, well-written script and strong storytelling. The horror sequences are connected with a fortunetelling ritual and are actually more beautiful than frightening, which is consistent with the romanticized mood of the film in general. The final 20 minutes are really good and will reward viewers who have been paying close attention. "Lovesick Dead" almost plays out like a Japanese version of "Whispering Corridors" (1998, South Korea) - a film that also required multiple viewings for me to truly appreciate.

Non-fans of Asian horror will be pleased to know that there is no Onryo ghost here, so you won't have to put up with those ghost girls and their long black hair. However, the slower pacing of Asian horror movies is used so it's not a good idea to watch this if you're tired (which is likely the problem I had the first time around).
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