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Deep in the forest, a man and woman have been brutally attacked in a cabin and left to die. Arriving too late, Kang chases the killer only to be hit by a speeding car. Barely surviving surgery, he now finds himself a prime suspect. He cannot shake the feeling that there are strange gaps in his memory regarding that night and the killer’s identity. While police set out to confirm his story, he begins his own quest to remember the truth about the murder and himself.

A great Korean art house flick which can be confusing at times. Starts out very slow. It’s a good complex thriller with an intriguing storyline which keeps you guessing right till the end although it does leave a few questions unanswered. Well worth watching.

Sadako’s Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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The film is set in 1983 in Hinamizawa village, a small but beautiful area with a total population of about 2,000. Keiichi Maebara is new in town, and in stark contrast to his old school back in Tokyo, his new school consists of 15 students—only 4 of which are close to his own age. The bright side? All four are cute, outgoing girls who immediately accept him into their group. Rena and Mion take a special interest in Keiichi, and show him around town. In particular, they introduce him to the local shrine of the village’s protective god, Oyashiro-sama, making absolutely certain he pays proper respects before leaving the area.

What initially seems like a dream-come-true for any red-blooded teenage boy turns into a nightmare as Keiichi discovers the village has been host to a string of mysterious deaths over the past four years, each of which occurred on the day of the annual Watanagashi Festival. Apparently there’s something more to Oyashiro-sama than simple superstition; but what do his new friends know about all of this? Keichi’s questions are met only with sharp denials. As Keiichi begins investigating Hinamizawa’s dark past, he’s contacted by a veteran detective named Oishi who helps fill in some of the blanks. However, when Rena and Mion catch wind of these secret meetings, their bubbly personalities suddenly turn stone cold.

Based on an anime, I thought this movie started out quite well but as it wore on it got a bit weird. I do like the mix of crime, mystery and horror in the storyline and at times it’s like a David Lynch movie. I enjoyed seeing Erena Ono from idol group AKB48. Her character comes across as cute and menacing. Overall I found Shrill Cries Of Summer confusing and the strange ending with no resolution didn’t help matters at all. I think I’ll give the anime a go and see if it’s better than this.

Sadako’s Rating: 2.5 out of 5

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