ONE MISSED CALL (you`ve got a call; the call; chakushin ari) (2003 JAPAN) D: TAKASHI MIIKE W: MINAKO TAIRA/YASASHI AKIMOTO P: KUROI KAZUO
Victims of a ghostly cell phone chain mail curse receive messages from themselves at an appointed future date. They always get offed in violent ways when that time comes around. Ko Shibazaki and Shinnichi Tsutsumi investigate in this FINAL DESTINATION/RING hybrid from a prolific director-for-hire known for his more audacious cult favourites. Begins as an unremarkable and derivative but engaging and audience-friendly spooker, but overextends itself with too many twists and an irritatingly ambiguous ending that jars with the preceeding events. With Renji Ishibashi as an useless, disbelieving cop, Goro Kishitani and Yutaka Matsuhige. Akimoto (who came up with the original story) made LAST DROP OF BLOOD. Sequels and a remake followed.

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