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Kaidan (2007)

Unrated | | Drama, Horror, Romance | 4 August 2007 (Japan)
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Japan, 250 years ago. Soetsu is a moneylender who is killed by the cruel samurai Shinzaemon. His body is dumped in the Kasenega-Fuchi river. According to legend, all who drown in the river ... See full summary »

Director:

Hideo Nakata

Writers:

Satoko Okudera (screenplay), Enchô San'yûtei (story "Shinkei Kasane-ga-fuchi")
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Credited cast:
Kikunosuke Onoe Kikunosuke Onoe ... Shinkichi
Hitomi Kuroki Hitomi Kuroki ... Oshiga
Mao Inoue Mao Inoue ... Ohisa
Kumiko Asô ... Orui
Tae Kimura Tae Kimura ... Osono
Asaka Seto ... Oshizu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Takaaki Enoki Takaaki Enoki ... Shinzaemon Fukami
Leona Hirota ... Okou (as Reona Hirota)
Teisui Ichiryûsai Teisui Ichiryûsai ... Storyteller
Taigi Kobayashi Taigi Kobayashi
Ken Mitsuishi Ken Mitsuishi ... Kanzou, Shinichi's uncle
Shôji Murakami Shôji Murakami
Naomasa Musaka Naomasa Musaka ... Soetsu
Taeko Nishino Taeko Nishino ... Osena
Yumi Shimizu Yumi Shimizu ... Omitsu
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Japan, 250 years ago. Soetsu is a moneylender who is killed by the cruel samurai Shinzaemon. His body is dumped in the Kasenega-Fuchi river. According to legend, all who drown in the river will never surface again. 20 Years later, Shinkichi, the handsome son of Shinzaemon, coincidentally meets Toyoshiga, the daughter of Soetsu. They fall in love. It is a doomed love, as the spirit of Soetsu is far from dead. Written by Anonymous

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Deadly Jealousness, Curse and Doomed Love
20 January 2012 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the Nineteenth Century, the acupuncturist Soetsu lives with his daughters Oshiga and Osano in the Shimousa Province, Japan. He saves some money, becomes a moneylender and lends his money to the samurai Fukami. Three years later, he visits Fukami to collect his money and the samurai kills him and dumps his body in the Kasane Swamp, where bodies disappear and never return to the surface. However, before dying, Soetsu curses Fukami and the samurai goes crazy and kills his wife.

Twenty-five years later, Fukami's son Shinkichi, who is a street vendor of tobacco, meets Oshiga, who is a singing teacher in Edo, and they fall in love with each other. Oshiga is older than Shinkichi and financially supports him. She becomes infamous in Edo and when her student Ohisa flirts with Shikichi, she becomes jealous and decides to give no more classes to her. Shinkichi decides to leave Oshiga and move to his homeland Hanyu with Ohisa. Oshiga has an argument with Shinkichi and he hits her face with the Bachi of her Shamisen. Oshiga has an infection in her face and dies; however, she curses Shinkichi and promises that she will haunt and take to the grave any woman that he loves.

"Kaidan" is a great Japanese ghost story about deadly jealousness, curse and doomed love. This stylized slow-paced film combines romance, drama and supernatural genres with a magnificent cinematography. The romance between Oshiga and Shinkichi in Edo shows beautiful locations and the camera work uses angles and movements to show details sometimes in a corner or in another room or space.

I believed that Hideo Nakata's "Kaidan" would be a remake of the 1964 Masaki Kobayashi's classic masterpiece, but they are totally different stories. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "A Maldição do Rio" ("The Curse of the River")


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

4 August 2007 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Apparition - Amare oltre la morte See more »

Filming Locations:

Inashiki, Ibaraki, Japan See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,646,201
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