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3.1 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Two people down on their luck devise a plan to kidnap a young girl and hide out in an adandoned school until their ramsom demands are met. Things are going well until the pair realize that the girl that they've kidnapped died exactly one year ago today and she's come back to take her revenge.

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  • Actors: Tetsuji Tamayama, Asami Mizukawa, Mitsuyoshi Shinoda, Toshiyuki Toyonaga, Katsuya Kobayashi
  • Directors: Yûichi Satô
  • Writers: Tomoko Ogawa
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Restricted
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: April 11, 2006
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B000EDWKYW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,729 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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I love Asian cinema, especially ones within' the horror genre. We've had many wonderful releases from Japan, some scary and some utterly brutal. It's always a pleasure seeing films that feature good ghost stories. Yuichi Sato's Pray goes right into that very same list of wonderful releases. The only thing with Pray is that it's pretty different from most of the stuff that come overseas. It's a film that will have will thinking and at the same time it just messes with your mind. Although the film has its horror elements it mostly plays out like a psychological thriller. Which is not a bad thing at all considering the fact that I'm pretty fond of psychological thrillers. Pray tells the story of a desperate couple who kidnap a little girls in hopes to keep her for ransom until the family pays up a certain amount of money. They hide out in a closed down school and try to contact the girl's parents for the ransom. After a brief phone call they learn that the girl they recently kidnapped died over a year ago. Who is she, who did they kidnap?

The thing that I noticed about halfway into the movie is that it's different from a lot of other Japanese horror films released here in the US. I was so used to seeing ghosts with long dark hair and straight forward over the top blood and gore violence. Pray is different, it really plays out more like a psychological thriller and mystery. The film does feature ghosts but there is much more to it. The film has no humor and it plays out like one giant mystery as you try to figure out some of these characters. From the beginning you're unaware of what's going to happen and you're just not too sure about the characters in the film. Pray is one of those movies that you really have to sit down and pay attention to.
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"Pray," is a Japanese film that tries too hard to be different, and as a result, the film falters. What you have are basically two different ghost stories converging with each other. I kind of wish the director had just stuck the first one: The film may have been better. The film stars Mitsuru (Tetsuji Tamayama) and his girlfriend Maki (Asami Mizukawa) who have just kidnapped a girl. When Maki phones the parents house for a ransom, they discover that the child has been dead for a year. However, the film veers into something totally different, when the viewer discovers that there is something else going on as well. The place that the kidnappers have taken the child to is an old abandoned school, where Mitsuru once attended as a child.

Moreover, Mitsuru and Maki have acquaintances in this caper who are about to join them. ALL of the antagonists in this film were horrible. First, their acting was questionable, and the script just went right out the door the minute the other friends entered the film. This was not a very good horror film. Yes, it had potential, but like so many horror films, it takes a detour off into a boring mess of a film. One of the highlights for me was the parents of the missing child who have been waiting for the police to find their child, as she has been missing for a year. The mother and father go to see a spiritualist named Tazuko Aoyanagi, who tells them what has happened to their child, and where she can be found.

The mother believes her daughter is dead, while the father believes her to be alive. The film, oddly enough, is actually two horror films in one. There are two narratives going on at once. One dealing with Mitsuru and his past links to this elementary school, where a tragedy occurred many years ago, and the other one with the missing child.
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...and that trend is any and all JAPANESE FILMS. Creatively devoid Hollywood latched onto some Japanese horror films like The Ring and The Grudge and cranked out some vastly inferior remakes. Because these did well, the original Japanese versions became a hot commodity in video rental stores...and that's the start of our problem. Because these did so well in your local Blockbuster, we are now getting flooded with TONS of Japanese horror movies. So where's the problem? Here it is: Ringu (The Ring) and Ju-On (The Grudge) were GOOD Japanese horror movies. Not all Japanese horror movies are good, and some are just plain terrible. That doesn't seem to matter at the moment, since if its Japanese and horror, then America wants it!

Pray has ridden the coattails of this Japanese horror fervor, which it absolutely doesn't deserve. This is one BAD movie. I have no idea if people awarding this movie 4 or 5 stars are just being pretentious pseudo-intellectuals, but I cannot imagine anyone who appreciates cinema not being horrified at how bad this film really is.

First off, while Pray fancies itself a horror movie, there really is no horror in it. Usually, horror movies have to have at least ONE scary or unsettling moment. Perhaps one split second of Pray qualifies as 'horror'(and I'm being generous here), the rest of it is an INCREDIBLY boring and illogical mess. The boring part is because nothing really happens for 3/4 of the movie. When I say nothing, I mean NOTHING. On top of that, the last 1/4 of the movie has the only real happenings in the film- AND THOSE HAPPENINGS ARE BORING TOO. Make no mistake, this is not a 'psychological' horror film- this is just a very BAD and boring "horror" film. Now, on to the illogical part.
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