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  • Actors: Yui Natsukawa, Michitaka Tsutsui, Chiaki Kuriyama, Toshie Negishi, Ren Ôsugi
  • Directors: Shunichi Nagasaki
  • Writers: Kunimi Manda, Takenori Sentô
  • Producers: Masato Hara, Yasushi Tsuge
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • 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: Adness
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002IQLT4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,750 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shikoku" on IMDb

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Sagori possesses spiritual powers which enable her to converse with the dead. After she dies at the age of sixteen, her mother attempts to bring her back from the dead. Sagori’s friends decide to investigate the history of Shikoku Island which is also known as The Kingdom of the Dead. Will Sagori’s friends be able to stop the awakening of Sagori from the dead?

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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 25, 2004
Format: DVD
The island of Shikoku is one of Japan's most rural provinces, with few large cities and scores of small villages scattered amongst the high mountains. The name translates as "Four Countries," but an alternate spelling can be read "The Land of the Dead." This film makes use of both aspects of Shikoku, both the semi-archaic, rural lifestyle of a Shikoku mountain village and the ghosts that haunt there.

The story of "Shikoku" is of three childhood friends, two girls Sayori and Hinako and a boy Fumiya. Sayori (the lovely Kuriyama Chiaki, familiar as Takako Chigusa in "Battle Royal" and Gogo Yubari in "Kill Bill Vol. 1" ) has a hidden secret; Her mother, a Shinto shamaness, uses Sayori as a medium for contacting the dead. From this isolated village Hinako and her parents move to far-off Tokyo on the island of Honshu, breaking the trio of friends. Flash-forward to the present, and a grown and sophisticated Hinako returns to her hometown, seeking her old companions. She is shocked to meet a grown Fumiya, and to learn that Sayori died at age 16, drowned. Sayori's father is hospitalized, and her shamaness mother is gone on a pilgrimage, the great 88 Temple Pilgrimage of Kobo Daishi, found across the island of Shikoku. Inevitably, as it is a ghost story, Fumiya and Hinako find themselves thrown together when they encounter a spectral and haunting Sayori. Along with the risen Sayori, other departed are wandering the village, as if someone has thrown open the gates to the Land of the Dead.

While "Shikoku" is a ghost story, it isn't really proper to call it a horror movie.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By joe larkin on May 29, 2005
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A story of friendship and about how Hinako finds herself sexually attracted to Fumiya. They're both startled when Sayori's spirit a gateway to a path of darkness a myserious ride of hell this film is dark and forboding and a rollercoaster ride ,it will scareyou that what its about work the story Sayori (Chiaki Kuriyama), the daughter of the village's spiritual leader, died in a mysterious drowning accident with leads to downward spiral to get to the meat of the story a scarefest and enjoyable movie highly recommend it.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Callaway on March 29, 2005
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This film, while definitely not action packed, is still definitely worth watching if you research the film a little first to understand some of the symbolism. I agree that at times this movie is drawn out and slow, but the twist with Fumiya at the end made the movie worthwhile for me.

I think Sayori's hate inspiring jealousy could of been more developed in the story line, but i thought the ending wrapped everything up nicely.

This is not a movie I personally would recommend to someone who wasn't a die-hard Japanese cinema fan, although I did enjoy it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Brian J. Kohler on January 19, 2005
Format: DVD
I though shikoku was pretty decent, it's not that scary, but there are some creepy scenes and it does invoke fright. If your a big Japanese horror film fan then this movie is worth buying, but if not I wouldn't recommend it to you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 15, 2007
Format: DVD
I thought this movie was wonderful. The Japanese make the best horror films in the world, but many of those films, especially ghost stories such as Shikoku, operate on a different spiritual plane than Western horror. The fact that Shikoku is hyped as a product of the studio that produced the Ringu series will have many viewers expecting chills and frights that just aren't to be found here. When it comes to J-Horror, you can't expect the movie to conform to your expectations; instead, you have to embrace what you are given. Shikoku is about love and loss and sadness, not horror per se. It has its creepy moments, but I would describe Shikoku as a spiritual horror movie, operating at a wavelength that those of us in the West have to learn to appreciate. If you can do that, you'll fall in love with movies such as this one.

I found the first few scenes somewhat confusing, as we see three children enjoying themselves and then watch one of them, Sayori (Chiaki Kuriyama) take part in a strange, voodoo-like ceremony. Then one of the friends, Hinako, moves to Tokyo with her family. As we later find out, this greatly upset Sayori, for she was the one who had long dreamed of the day she could leave the rural and isolated village on Shikoku. Time passes, and then an adult Hinako (Yui Natsukawa) returns to the village, only to find out that Sayori had drowned sixteen years ago. Fumiya (Michitaka Tsutsui), their mutual friend, is still there, however, and he and Hinako begin spending time together. There's a level of discomfort to it all, though, as Fumiya always seems to act as if he fears someone is watching them. At the same time, strange and troubling things begin happening in the village, including the desecration of some holy statues outside of town.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason T. Fetters on June 15, 2008
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This is a quiet psychological Japanese ghost story. Its a very dry film, in that there is no blood and gore. There is little if any action. It reminds me of Peter Straub novels and how ghosts from the past haunt people years later like in Ghost Story, Julia, and If You Could See Me Now. It a way its a Straub novel with a Japanese setting. Straub would have a lot more action.
It also has a lot to do with Shikoku and the 88 temples and how the area is known as a place for the dead. I like to think of this movie as a Buddhist's vision of hell. I took a class on Zen Buddhism at Kansai Gaidai in Osaka, Japan. The teacher passed around a book on Buddhist's hell. They were many ink drawings and illustrations about pain and suffering that are just as good as those done by Dore for Dante's Inferno. That is the weak part of the film for me. The director could have explored the whole concept of hell but I don't think it was his aim. He was trying to recreate and interpret, in his own way, the novel by Bando Masako. The whole movie could have been a lot scarier. There are other quiet psychological horror movies that work better like Hitchcock's The Rear Window. I originally bought this movie used on VHS at a Tsutaya videostore in Osaka around Umeda. I bought it recently on DVD so I could see the English subtitles and see if I liked it better. I understand the story better than when I just watched the Japanese VHS and tried to piece it together with my knowledge of Japanese. Still, its just not scary or as fun as other Japanese horror movies.
The best thing about the whole movie is Kuriyama Chiaki's performance. The whole movie is boring until you get to the scenes with Chiaki and she steals all the scenes she is in. If your interested in seeing Chiaki before Kill Bill and how she has grown as an actress then you might like it. There are better movies that she has starred in like Battle Royale and Ju-on. I wanted to like it better if only it had been scary.
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