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A man out walking in some woods discovers human bones and it is found to be that of a young boy with a drawn ouija board on a piece of paper close by. Young schoolgirl Eri Oshima is woken up at 3am to find her mother sitting in the lounge with a blank expression on her face. She’s been acting strange ever since watching a news report on the discovery of the bones in the woods. When Eri wakes up the next day her mother is dead with her eyes and mouth looking like it’s been burnt. After the funeral, Eri finds a book in her house which contains an envelope. Inside the envelope is a slightly blurred photo of a young boy lying face down with a pained look. She seeks help in finding out who he is. Her classmates at school are dabbling with ouija boards and calling for the spirit of Kokkuri-san. She gets information that the young boy was bullied by his classmates because he believed in Kokkuri-san and that a female classmate pushed him over a steep wall where he was injured. He stumbled into the woods but died. Now with his bones disturbed, the boy’s vengeful spirit places a curse on those who seek more information resulting in a horrible death. Eri’s first companion in her quest dies in mysterious circumstances so her teacher takes up the baton. They decide that the only way to end the curse is to go back to where his bones were found in the woods and try and make contact with him via a ouija board. But will this be successful or only make his spirit more angry?

There’s not a lot of information out on the internet about this movie and I only watched this because AKB48 member Mariya Suzuki has the leading role as Eri Oshima. I had to watch it raw with no subtitles so I didn’t understand a lot of it. To be perfectly honest it isn’t that good of a movie with hardly any scares, thrills or blood. It’s just your average low budget asian ghost story. I found it to be fairly dull and was very disappointed with the whole production. There’s nothing new that you haven’t seen before. Mariya Suzuki was OK in her debut acting role but with the material she was given to begin with she didn’t have to do a lot except to look frightened and scream a little.  I thought the story was going to be interesting but it doesn’t really develop to anything that makes you sit up and take notice of it. The ending was such an anti-climax with a twist you could see coming a mile away and even then it was crap.

I can’t really recommend this to anybody except AKB48 fans who might want to see Mariya.

Sadako’s Rating: 1.5 stars out of 5

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