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From Ataru Oikawa, acclaimed director of Tomie, comes Tokyo Psycho, a harrowing plunge into obsession, violence and relentless terror made all the more chilling by one simple detail: Tokyo Psycho is based on a true story. Sachiko Kokubu plays Yumiko, the
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There was no real horror aspect. No real slasher aspect, and no torture...oh wait, a guy cuts his hand on glass.
Nothing to see here folks.
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The story is pretty simple: a girl starts receiving weird letters saying "You have to marry me" and no less weird parcels. A little investigation points out that must be a crazy admirer whom the girl went to high school with and who was in love with her all the way. The plot seemed pretty intriguing on the back cover of the DVD so I expected some really chilling stuff especially given the fact it's a J-horror.
And I was extremely disappointed bacause it turned out "Tokyo Psycho" looks like an amateur movie. It's shot on video, the visual and sound quality leaves much to be desired, some truly interesting parts are being interlaced with long and boring segments which are very hard to sit through, the dialogs are dull and also very long, it seems that the makers of the film don't know at all what dynamism and the development of the action are. There are few terrifying and unexpected moments though.
But the worst of all is the acting. It's very poor to say the least. I'll repeat - sometimes everything reminded me of some student drama classes. The horror genre knows multiple examples when low-budget films were done right and became instant classics. Nowdays it's more and more difficult to make something outstanding having not much money, but still possible. So if you don't have enough funds you better do something extraordinary ("Cube" or "Blair Witch Project" come to mind first). And such efforts as "Tokyo Psycho" are inexcusable already. Filmmakers have to know how to do their job and not just to take the camera for the first time trying to make cinema.
Actually such amateur works being sold in these fancy, colorful boxes with these intriguing annotations really offend me. I always feel cheated when I'm bought into this and curse myself then for the wasted time and money.
Tokyo Psycho is like that. Shot on mini-DV, natural lighting, hyper realistic (meaning, yeah, the worms are real) it doesn't look like the money was sunk into post-production. It looks like they spent the budget on gallons of fake blood. And barbed wire.
Unfortunately, until now, all the versions of the film that have been available have been horrible transfers with even worse sound. Really unwatchable. This has at last been corrected by Panik House, who have taken a new master and given it the color correction and cleanup that it deserved. The sound has been re-mastered as well and is now in 5.1 and 2.0 Dolby Digital. The packing is cool, with the usual amray case including an actual puzzle, adhered to the front.
It's a nice job of treating what some people might think of as a throwaway film with respect and in turn treating J-Horror fans in North America with the respect they deserve.
This movie was terrible! Thinking back on it there is NOTHING I could say I liked about this movie, and it's the worst asian horror movie I have ever seen. Spitting worms on someone is juvenile, not torture. It was real, but we could also watch the same thing (along with getting exercise) if we walked to the nearest playground.
Because of this movie I will NEVER buy a movie from Panik House. I won't throw this movie away, but I will definantly never watch it again.