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Spiral (2000)

Uzumaki (original title)
The inhabitants of a small Japanese town become increasingly obsessed with and tormented by spirals.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Fhi Fan ...
Shuichi Saito
Hinako Saeki ...
Kyoko Sekino
Eun-Kyung Shin ...
Chie Marayama
Keiko Takahashi ...
Yukie Saito
Ren Osugi ...
Toshio Saito (as Ren Ôsugi)
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Officer Futada
Masami Horiuchi ...
Reporter Ichiro Tamura
Tarô Suwa ...
Yasuo Goshima
Tôru Tezuka ...
Yokota Ikuo
Sadao Abe ...
Mitsuru Yamaguchi
Asumi Miwa ...
Shiho Ishikawa
Saori Nakane ...
Little Kirie
Yasuki Tanaka ...
Little Shuichi
Yuki Murakami ...
Yukky
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In a small town in Japan, Kirie comes upon her boyfriend's father silently videotaping a snail. He seems unaware of her presence and she thinks no more of it. Later, the mans obsession with spirals becomes more and more bizarre, ending in his suicide in a washing machine which turn his body into a spiral. Soon other inhabitants become possesed with different forms of spirals, one student seems to be mutating into a snail, another's hair becomes strangely medusa-like. The entire town becomes possesed. Written by Fred Cabral <ftcabral@hotmail.com>

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11 February 2000 (Japan)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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(at around 42 mins) A ghostly imprint of Kirie's face appears in the middle of the screen when she walks into Shuichi's house looking for his father, and is the same face as when she's watching his father's grisly video recording. See more »

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Referenced in Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown (2008) See more »

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Entertaining (and silly)
8 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

As is frequently the case when Manga is translated into live action, there is quite a bit lost in the translation. However, this remains a highly entertaining film. The premise is unusual and it is presented in the quiet, understated style so prevalent in Japanese films (ha!). The special effects are a little 70s camp but, it adds to the comic book feel of the film. I wouldn't recommend this film to everyone but, if you are familiar with (and enjoyed) other Japanese horror films like "Evil Dead's Trap", this film will appeal to you.


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