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A game designer, and his girlfriend Nami, drive out to a decrepit mansion she just inherited, to film backgrounds for a new video game called St. John's Wort. As they search through the dark halls, a series of chilling paintings reveal clues to Nami's past, including a picture of twin babies, named Nami and Naomi. In other room, intrigue turns to terror when they find the mummified bodies of six young boys. Now, if the couple is to survive the night, they must discover the horrifying truth behind the paintings, the man who created them and the twin that Nami never knew existed.

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  • Actors: Reiko Matsuo, Megumi Okina, Yoichiro Saito, Koji Ookura, Minoru
  • Directors: Ten Shimoyama
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Timeless Media Group
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000QUEQ36
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,651 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "St. John's Wort" on IMDb

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Appleseed VINE VOICE on August 15, 2004
Format: DVD
To make a correction, this isn't a movie version of a video game. It's an adaptation of a novel, and the novel itself used the perspective of creating a video game to stage the story. Not that it makes much difference, because that's kind of where they lost me. Not too far along into the film it is obvious that the video game isn't central or necessary to the plot, and whenever something isn't central or necessary to a plot, it needs to be excised.

This is a movie about a girl who inherits a house when her father dies, a house that may or may not have some hidden secrets. As she does artwork for a small group (three people) who design video games, and they want to use the inside of her father's mansion as a design for their next video game, she and her ex-boyfriend, the head of the group of game designers, go to the house to check things out.

The film's title, St. John's Wort, also an ancient word for "Revenge", figures into the movie in odd ways. The name of the flower is uttered by the main character's "Mom" (or, aunt who raised her) right before she died. Why? Who knows? The movie doesn't tell us. The flower itself appears in the lower right hand corner of paintings done by the main character's father (who was apparently a genius, but also plainly a lunatic). But again, why? It doesn't make sense for the father to have painted them there, and the only sense we get of any "revenge" comes at the end, but it's so flimsy and ill fitted to the rest of the story that it smacks of, "It was all a dream". Not quite that bad, but it just doesn't make any sense.

Lots of things don't make sense. Can a girl who's stabbed her eyes out open them? Or, perhaps the better question is, should we be able to see her eyes when she opens her eyelids after having stabbed her eyes out?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 21, 2010
Format: DVD
Otogiriso (Ten Shimoyama, 2001)

Over the almost-decade since its release, the Japanese horror flick Otogiriso (in English, St. John's Wort) has grown into a bona fide underground sensation, but not in the same universal-acclaim way Ring did. No, Otogiriso is a movie that divides people in much the same way The Blair Witch Project did; those who love it will probably be fans for life, and those who hate it really, really, really hate it. Count me among those who loved it, though I'm not as rabid about it as most fans of the film; I can understand some of what the detractors of the film say (and it's undeniable that Shimoyama was a strong influence on both Uwe Boll and William Brent Bell, both of whom should have been stopped before making their second movies), and some of it is valid, but it's kind of like Alien vs. Predator; I knew I was supposed to hate it, but I couldn't, because it's such a damn good time.

Otogiriso (and for those of you wondering about the plant's supposed mood-elevating properties, it's explained early on in the movie that St. John's Wort is an old Japanese symbol for revenge) is the story of a software development company. Okay, no it isn't, but the four core characters work at a software development company. The head of the company and the head designer, Kohei (Sad Vacation's Yoichiro Saito), just had kind of a bad breakup with the team's head artist, Nami (Shutter's Megumi Okina--yes, it's the ubiquitous Japanese ghost girl playing a normal role!), and Nami is pulling away from the company, though she's still hanging around to finish the art for the game they're developing--a game based on her dreams.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Poe the Ghost on December 29, 2007
Format: DVD
When I saw that this movie was made by the producer of Ringu (a.k.a. The Ring) I thought it was going to be a very good and creepy movie. Well, until I saw that the production company for this DVD was "The Asylum" then my expectations were slightly lowered, but I still thought it could be a decent film. Boy, was I wrong... The acting is terrible, the plot is lame and predictable, and the characters aren't very convincing. Worse still is since this is based off of some hit Japanese video game, they like to mix in alot of 3D backdrops and weird text scenes that make it particularly cheesey! Also, you can tell just how low budget this movie was due to the fact that it only has 4 actors in it!!!
Now, I usually like Asylum films because they're so cheesy that they're funny, but with this one, not so much... Sure the guy with Tenchi's voice who must mutter the name "Kaosawa Suichi" some 20 times in a 10 minute period, and the weird blonde chick who dresses like a prostitute were funny at first, but the overall dullness of the film doesn't even make it worth watching for a laugh.

I rated this movie 2 stars only because I didn't absolutely hate it, and since I only paid 6 bucks for it, I don't really feel bad about buying it. And the fact that the mansion the movie is filmed in looks a lot like Spencer Mansion from the first Resident Evil game was interesting.
However, this movie should be avoided. If you wanna see a horror movie that's so cheesy it's funny, buy House of the Dead 2 or Dead Men Walking. If you want a good Japanese horror movie, stick with Ringu, Ju-on, or Dark Water, leave this one in the bargain bin where it belongs...
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