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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Hitomi Kuroki
Rio Kanno
Asami Mizukawa
Mirei Oguchi
Koji Suzuki
Directors
Hideo Nakata
Screenwriters
Hideo Nakata
Running Time
101 minutes

Dark Water
Creepy haunted house suspense from the maker of the Japanese horror success Ring


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Plot
Aiming to make a new start, single mother Yoshimi and her young daughter Ikuko move into a new apartment in a run-down part of town. Their harmony is soon disrupted by strange goings on, especially a nasty water stain on the ceiling that seems to grow every day. Then a small child keeps appearing.


Verdict
Not nearly as clever as Ringu, Dark Water is an honest, old-fashioned ghost story with plenty to chill the marrow and make you vow never to take the lift again.


Reviewed by Ian Nathan

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