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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
- The Making Of GUROZUKA - Featurette
- Original Trailer
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very decent story line, and acting is mediocre. Story takes a long time to pick up but has an entertaining ending.Published 3 months ago by Cheven Davidek
This movie was not original. There are too many movies with a similar theme.Published 11 months ago by RH
very good. Love the japanese horror flicks. They know how to scare you.Published 14 months ago by harry c watson
Wasn't that great of a plot. No explanation or reason for what was happening.Published 16 months ago by Raven