2016   Japan Sadako v Kayako
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Director:Kôji Shiraishi
Writer:Takashi Shimizu, Kôji Suzuki
IMDb Rating:5.3 (436 votes)
Duration:98 min
Kôji Shiraishi  ...  (Director)
Takashi Shimizu, Kôji Suzuki  ...  (Writer)
Mizuki Yamamoto  ...  Yuri Kurahashi
Tina Tamashiro  ...  Suzuka Takagi
Aimi Satsukawa  ...  Natsumi
Misato Tanaka  ...  Ayako Takagi
Masahiro Kômoto  ...  Shinichi Morishige
Masanobu Andô  ...  Spiritual Medium Kyozo
Rina Endo  ...  Kayako Saeki
Maiko Kikuchi  ...  Tamao
Elly Nanami  ...  Sadako Yamamura
Rintaro Shibamoto  ...  Toshio Saeki
Kôji Endô  ...  Composer
Comments: Sadako v Kayako [2016] • Japan
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.

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