Toshiko, a high school girl and her brother find a camera in their late grandfather’s bedroom. Later on, she receives a message to her new cell phone from her brother; in this message there is a mysterious picture of a dark forest where an unknown woman is standing. From that moment on, strange things begin to happen to Toshiko, including visions of a strange looking girl and odd photos appearing on her mobile phone. She decides to talk to one of her best friends Megumi about it and she tells Toshiko that there is an urban legend about a girl lost in a forest. She asks her teacher to find out about the location of where the photo was taken. Soon, Toshiko discovers that there is more about the legend than she actually knows, and it is closer to her than she can imagine.
Sharing many characteristics with other J-horrors which would be fine it this was any good but unfortunately this short and snappy 72-min movie teases us aplenty but delivers very little in any good scares or suspense. I did think this was going to be a rather interesting supernatural movie at first but I saw quite quickly that this was not going to give us anything new. The movie is rather slow in getting going with a good 40 minutes having passed before anything of any significance happening and by that time you don’t really care what’s going on or you’ve switched off. Nothing is ever properly explained by the end and the story doesn’t really go anywhere. The abrupt climax could have been done better. The red herring placed in the movie about a child serial killer at large doesn’t help matters one bit.
Seira Yaguchi doesn’t do that well in her role as Toshiko who’s trying to unravel the mystery. It’s like she’s sleepwalking her way through the role and she just can’t seem to express emotions on her face all that well.
If you’ve got 72 mins to spare by all means give this a whirl but you’re more than likely going to get disappointed by this story which falls flat on it’s face.
Sadako’s Rating: 2 stars out of 5