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The Locker / The Locker 2 (Double Feature)

3.0 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Asami Mizukawa, Shûji Kashiwabara, Chisato Morishita, Mayuka Suzuki, Tomohisa Yuge
  • Directors: Kei Horie
  • Writers: Issei Shibata, Osamu Fukutani
  • Producers: Hideo Tsujihata, Issei Shibata, Kengo Kaji, Masanori Makino, Yoshinori Kumazawa
  • Format: Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Geneon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2005
  • Run Time: 143 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009YA3YA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,330 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Locker / The Locker 2 (Double Feature)" on IMDb

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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.
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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.
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Stateside there has been a wave of interest in Japanese horror films. Starting with the American re-make "ring" and continued with the film "the Grudge". Both films were groundbreaking when they were released much like "friday the 13th" and "halloween" both gave rise to the "slasher" genre in the early 1980s. "the Locker" is a Japanese film which borrows heavily from the popular Japanese films "ringu" and "Ju-ON" to create 2 films that arent very scary but are incredibly fun to watch.

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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If you like asian horror movies, then this is definitely watchable. It is entertaining if you like that sort of stuff. The plot is pretty typical. This one involved a locker where if you put a love letter in it to someone then you will experience true love or something like that. Turns out the locker is cursed by a vengeful dead girl and anyone who gets involved with it dies. Similar to the story of the grudge but instead of a house it is a locker. This movie is watered down compared to a lot of the other stuff i've seen. If you want a really deep plot and a real sense of creepiness or unease then this is not the movie for you. I suggest you check out the one missed call movies, ab-normal beauty, silk, witch board (Bunshinsaba), ringu, ju-on, the eye, or reincarnation.
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