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Kaidan

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From the legendary director of RINGU and THE RING TWO comes this eerie tale of ghostly vengeance. The unwitting victim of a terrible curse, a young man accidentally injures his wife, a jealous teacher who soon dies from her wound. Running away with one of her students, he fails to heed the dead woman's warning that if he remarries, she'll haunt him to the grave. And now for an unfaithful husband, the real terror is about to begin.

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  • Actors: Kumiko Asô, Takaaki Enoki, Leona Hirota, Teisui Ichiryûsai, Mao Inoue
  • Directors: Hideo Nakata
  • Writers: Enchô San'yûtei, Satoko Okudera
  • Producers: Jun'ichi Sakomoto, Takashige Ichise
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: June 30, 2009
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00260LDSU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,849 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kaidan" on IMDb

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By Woopak VINE VOICE on May 6, 2009
Format: DVD
Certain familiar elements have plagued Japanese-horror the past few years, formulaic approaches, some cheap scares, and the usual haunting music. KAIDAN-Ghost Story (2007) is however a breath of fresh air in the genre of J-horror; the film is a homage to classic romantic ghost stories. The film is directed by Hideo Nakata, the same director responsible for "Ringu" and "Dark Water". Forget cursed objects, haunted technology and long-haired ghosts, the film while not as engaging as Kobayashi's 1960`s classic "Kwaidan" is a welcome change for those viewers very familiar with modern J-horror such as "Ju-On", "Ringu" and "Kairo". Lionsgate entertainment has invested in this Japanese horror film and thankfully they are releasing the region-1 release in June.

250 years ago, Soetsu, a kindly moneylender is murdered by a samurai named Fukami and his lifeless body disposed of in the Kasanegafuchi (Kasane's plunge), the pool of water that snakes around and legend has it that those who sink in the water will never surface again. Some 25 years later, in a chance encounter; Fukami's son, Shinkichi (Kikunosuke Onoe) meets a wealthy and beauteous if older woman named Oshiga (Hitomi Kuroki) who is also the daughter of Soetsu. Shinkichi becomes smitten by Oshiga and she returns his feelings. The two begin to live together but strange things begin to occur. Then one day, after a lover's quarrel, Oshiga had fallen ill and due to the stress of taking care of his loved one, Shinkichi develops an attraction to a comely young woman named Oshisa. On the night of Oshiga's demise, she leaves a note for Shinkichi " If you ever re-marry, I will haunt your new wife to the grave..."
Shinkichi has doomed any woman who dares to fall in love with him.
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At the very start, it is best to advise that "Kaidan" is not a typical entry in the genre that has become known as J-Horror. The expectation will be there, as director Nakata Hideo (Ring, Death Note 3: L, Change the World) is someone whose name has become almost synonymous with the genre. He is the one who took Japan's long tradition of ghostly storytelling and brought it to the world, introducing Westerners for the first time to creatures like yurei and onryo. However, after a sojourn in the Hollywood system filming the English-language Ring Two, Nakata returned to his native country and directed a beautiful tribute to the horror legends that were the foundation of his success.

"Kaidan" is a film with an impressive pedigree. Written originally in 1825 by legendary storyteller Sanyutei Encho, the "Kaidan Kasane ga Fuchi" story has been a staple of Japanese horror in various media and incarnations. It was first filmed in 1926 by equally-legendary filmmaker Mizoguchi Kenji (Ugetsu), and then several times more over the years including a 1957 version by Japan's first genre-horror director Nakagawa Nobuo. Nakata's version "Kaidan" is roughly the sixth time the Kasane ga Fuchi story has appeared on film.

While others have played with the story a bit, Nakata does a fairly direct translation of Encho's original version.
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A won't waste your time writing hyped up fluff with words you hear for just about every other movie that gets 5 stars on here...

All I'll say is that this is a movie well worth your time to watch if your into Asian cinema. Meaning that if you don't mind watching a film that has subtitles and isn't in spoken English than you will find yourself indulged into a great story.

Kaidan is about a woman obsessed with a man so much so that she stalks him still from beyond the grave. You honestly can't help but feel pity for the main character as he tries to move on with his life only to have every good attempt taken from him by the spirit of the woman who loved him.

Their relationship starts out with good intentions. A young man falls in love with an older woman who honestly hasn't had much luck in the subject of love. She comes with a whole lot of insecurities and baggage that she brings along with her. Also on top of that is her prestigious position in the village which also made it complicated for her to find love before. So now her she is lonely without someone.

Along comes the main character who is much younger than her and far less experienced in life. He finds himself attracted to the woman but he is humble and doesn't rush to make his attempt to get her attention. After several incidents the man admits that he has has feeling for her. The woman rejects him at first but then realizes that her status shouldn't come before her own happiness because she will just continue to live the lonely life she has. So what happens they become a couple... but the woman is extremely jealous and overbearing. She doesn't know how to accept her new romance. She wants to keep the man locked in a cage away from the world so that she alone can keep him to herself.
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