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Wârudo apâtomento horâ (1991)

A Yakuza underling is given the assignment to rid an apartment of its tenants within a week. He tries a variety of desperate tactics to no avail. Soon his problems get worse as an evil ... See full summary »

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Ita (as Hiroki Tanaka)
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A Yakuza underling is given the assignment to rid an apartment of its tenants within a week. He tries a variety of desperate tactics to no avail. Soon his problems get worse as an evil spirit makes its presence known. Written by Fred Cabral <ftcabral@hotmail.com>

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5 April 1991 (Japan)  »

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World Apartment Horror  »

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Stylish Cult Horror-Comedy With An Anti-Xenophobia Message.
29 October 2017 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

World Apartment Horror is the first, super stylish, cult-as-f*ck, live action feature from Katsuhiro Ôtomo- who is better known for his manga style animes like Akira and Steamboy.

It is a horror comedy about a young yakuza- named Ita- sent to run a group of foreign tenants out of a dilapidated old apartment building...so that it can be torn down and rebuilt.

But, when he gets there...not only are all the tenants super nice. There is a ghost haunting the building that specifically targets Japanese people- having already run all the local tenants out, and driven the last yakuza guy mad.

Ita starts to go pretty mad himself, before the tenants intervene- with their African American witch doctor friend- to give him an exorcism.

Turns out, the sister of the Indian guy had committed suicide in the apartment, and he had come to run the Japanese out with her tormented spirit as revenge.

The rest of the yakuza show up to bully the tenants out, but this time Ita fights with them- and to establish the building as a world apartment.

This is a great little horror comedy that Ôtomo uses to criticize and condemn the rampant xenophobia that plagued japan after the war. Do Japanese people really think of themselves as caucasian, and look down at other asians for being...Asian?! That seemed pretty weird to me...but might be understood as a remnant of the nazi influence on the collective conscience of japan. Or...so I'm guessing, at least.

Either way, this is a great film that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Comes highly recommended.

7 out of 10.


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