The Locker / The Locker 2 (Double Feature)
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Director Horie Kei seems to have taken to heart and benefited from the ubiquitous axiom, "If at first you don't succeed, Try again!"
The Geneon DVD release of "The Locker" is in actuality a "double-feature" of the J-Horror movies "Shibuya Kaidan" ("Shibuya Ghost Story") and its sequel, "Shibuya Kaidan 2."
Like most Asian Horror films to date, a lot is familiar and may leave some viewers a bit more jaded about the over-mined 'vengeful spirit' genre than they already are. But Kei & company still manage to offer up a few newish twists and ideas of their own. For starters, the tragic event which drives the plot this movie is said to have been inspired by an actual true case. Another relatively unique idea was to show a haunting spirit who "age progresses" (though this latter idea does not set very well with many viewers of these two films).
Of course, "long hair" comes into play, as could be expected from this genre, but many viewers have difficulty in accepting the amount and thickness of the ghost-girl's hair as being believable, but it becomes convincing when one keeps in mind that we're dealing with a ghost that has "age-progressed" from infancy and has never known basic things we normally take for granted, such as hygiene, haircuts, etc.
As intriguing as the story & concept of "Shibuya Kaidan" is, there's really not much there in the movie itself. With the exception of a few memorable instances, the interactions of the ghost-girl, Sachiko, with her victims are less than convincing or disturbing -- in some cases they're downright silly. And so "Shibuya Kaidan," as a stand-alone movie, though not entirely dull, is almost completely 'forgettable.Read more ›
Kei Horie's Shibuya Kaidan, a.k.a. The Locker is decidedly a new run with the flavors of a few old favorites of Asian Horror; built around the premise of a small bank of public pay lockers in Shibuya District, which hold a horrific secret. Just south of famed Harijuku, Shibuya is a perfect locale for our clique of callow friend's that return from a weekend camping trip and visit that bank of lockers. The girls in the group routinely store books and clothing in them, as it's proximity to home and campus make for lighter travel between the two points.
While in the country, the six friends (3 ladies, 3 gents) consume a beer or two and attempt to tell ghost stories, which fall completely flat and digress into roaring laughter . It's quite the light-hearted night with friends. (And I laughed also because I could identify; I think we all can.) Things get going when one of the group, Keitarou (Yuge Tomohisa), takes the opportunity to scare the hell out of the group with a stone infants head he finds when our protagonist, Reika (Mizukawa Asami; a now grown-up Ikuko previously in Dark Water), had just heard faint crying near the adjacent lake. But she was the only one. Reika pleads with the group to listen for the cries, and as they concentrate, Keitarou produces the stone head which sends the group into screams. Even Keitarou couldn't believe his fortune on this prank. The next morning, on the return trip, another of the group suddenly hears those same faint cries, and upon their return (and subsequent visit to Shibuya), he and another girl disappear. A week later, they're found... but it's not pretty. Soon, the haunting escalates and the entire group faces a disturbing, and sometimes wacky, fate. But those wacky moments pass fairly quickly.Read more ›
The locker is based on the Japanese urban legend that somewhere in Shibuya (an area of Tokyo popular with teens and college kids) there is a coin locker that will give you good luck if you use it and confess your true love. This idea has been twisted and 6 college kids happen to learn the secrets and consequences of Locker 0009.
The story is predictable and anyone who has seen either Ringu or Ju-On wouldnt be creeped out by the imagery or the the story. Having said that iot was fun just to watch the scenery of Tokyo and listening to the Japanese students cut-up.
The sequal "Locker 2" is also included on this disc and is pretty much a rehash of the original film with new people. Both films are campy but at 72 minutes each a small investment in killing time.
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All I can say is Awesome I will be purchasing from this seller againPublished 17 months ago by Cedrick Coleman
This was not a double-feature in any sense. There wasn't a movie on the reverse side, nor were there two movies on one side. AVOID AT ALL COSTS.Published on December 3, 2013 by Bernard M Lynch Jr
I enjoyed watching "The Locker" (aka Shibuya Kaidan) more than "Slit Mouthed Woman"
because it was more realistic and creepier. Read more
ok this film was a huge dissapointment mostly because it had sooo much promise in the beggining and then basically died at the end as though they were running low on time and just... Read morePublished on December 21, 2007 by megan
This double feature is interesting. Even though the film appears low quality, the story is interesting and some of the effects are pretty eerie. Read morePublished on December 11, 2007 by Andres R. Prieto
If you like japanese horror movies you can't go wrong with this DVD. You get Shibuya Kaidan 1 and 2!! And at a decent price... Read morePublished on January 1, 2006 by Mr Thingamajig