|2016 Japan Sadako v Kayako|
Director: Kôji Shiraishi
I actually watched this before [i]Himeanole[/i], but [i]Himeanole[/i] demanded my immediate attention.
I think there's a rule in film making that if you shoot the beginning of a scene over someone's shoulder and then switch to a different angle there should be continuity between shots. Kôji Shiraishi breaks that rule several times, effectively.
[i]Sadako v Kayako[/i] is a winner because Shiraishi knows his shît. He keeps it true to the originals with upgrades here and there ([i][REC][/i]-style pull-aways are cool). It's not for everyone and has some weak scenes, but if you have a soft spot for the J-Horror Goth Chick you may safely enter.
There is at least one bad scene: a priestess attempting an exorcism falls flat. And one bad character: Masanobu Andô, the super exorcist dude. His introductory scene employs bad eating-acting. [b]Bad eating-acting don't lie[/b]. It means you are going to be an obnoxious, stupid character. It's good that his sidekick is awesome: a twelve year old blind psychic girl sporting dual ponytails and a Little Red Riding Hood chauffeur's costume. Aimi Satsukawa has a couple decent scenes. There's not enough monster time, but what's here is done well.
Summary: A girl, Yūri Kurahashi, after watching a cursed videotape together with her friend in a haunted house, becomes trapped in a conflict between the two murderous ghosts: Sadako Yamamura and Kayako Saeki. The vengeful spirits of the Ring and Grudge series face off.