Dark Water – J-Horror at its best

Dark Water is a Japanese horror film directed by Hideo Nakata and released in 2002. Its Japanese title is “Honogurai mizu no soko kara”

I borrowed the film from Stanton library and it looked like an interesting modern Japanese film. I watched the film by myself with the headphones on, and I haven’t been so scared and on the edge of my seat since Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining”.

The film is about a woman in the process of getting divorced and her 6 year old daughter Ikuko. They find an old apartment to rent, but the ceiling has an annoying drip. Where is the water coming from and why is it getting worse?

A child in a yellow raincoat and carrying a red bag is seen around the apartment and nearIkuko’s school. Who is this child? Is she the child missing a year ago?

Japanese Horror films, also known as J-Horror (see the article in Wikipedia) use sound and music to build up suspense and tension unlike the shock and gore ofAmerican horrow films. The story of this film is very reminiscent of Japanese ghost stories with spirits of the dead wanting to return to the living world.

I highly recommend this film (preferably don’t watch it alone) especially for the dramatic ending and a twist in the story some years after the main events. Full details of the story can be read on this Wikipedia article. The actress who plays the sixteen year old Ikuko (Asami Mizukawa) is very pretty and has her own web site.


Author: charuzu

I live in Sydney and interests include music, piano playing, technology, cooking, English language, public speaking, Toastmasters, Asian culture (especially Japan and Korea), cinema, personal development, productivity and making friends with people from around the world.

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