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Original Name  富江
Starring Miho Kanno, Mami Nakamura, Yoriko Douguchi, Tomorowo Taguchi, Kouta Kusano
Director Ataru Oikawa
Screen Format Letter Box
Video Format NTSC
Audio Stereo
Language Japanese
Subtitles English, Chinese
Year 1999
Running Time 95 Minutes
Genre Horror
Version  Hong Kong
  Category IIB
Not suitable for young persons and children.
PAX-Code PAX0000316489
Catalog No.  VCD2273
Item Code  4895024908717

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The beginning to the Tomie movie series, and it’s off to a rocky start. The director just can’t quite achieve the atmosphere of Junji Ito’s manga.
--- Tsukiko loses her memory after a car accident and has continual dreams about being covered in blood and talking about a girl called "Tomie" in her sleep. A man moves into the apartment below Tsukiko's and talks to the severed head of a girl he keeps in a plastic bag. --- For those not in the know, Tomie is based off of the manga by Junji Ito (responsible for creating UZUMAKI, KAKASHI and many other manga) and revolves around the story of a girl who just wont die! Despite the bizarrely excellent story created from the mind of the mentally disturb genius Junji Ito, the film’s adaptation just doesn’t stack up. It's really hard to believe that somebody who has the whole Tomie universe at their finger tips, ready for a film, didn’t focus on the Tomie character as an obakemono (demon) and seemed to focus more on a rather slow build up to the final conclusion. After all the film is about an obakemono named Tomie who has the ability to seduce men into killing others and eventually go so insane to kill Tomie, who then comes back from the dead. I hate to complain about TOMIE but it’s just so slow! it just seems to waste a lot of time on silent shots of the characters. However, it gets a lot better towards the end. When the Tomie character actually seeks her revenge is when the film picks up. The music is pretty bad. It does bear a vague resemblance to the music in UZUMAKI but is far too substandard and annoying. The synthesized English singing does make hairs stand up on the back of your neck, but only because it’s so hard to listen to. On the acting front, they’re all just OK, never great but just OK. Miho Kanno as Tomie does achieve some good acting when conveying her character 25% of the time, but like the others she doesn’t stand out enough or portray the menace the Tomie character requires. The casting seems a bit off too. Tomie is supposed to be a beautiful, seductive young lady who can make men do whatever she wants, but it seems odd that Mami Nakamura (who plays Tsukiko) is far more attractive then poor little Miho Kanno. At the end of the film, when the credits begin to roll and you just can't help but notice how much potential there was and how easy it would have been for the director to create a far better film based on Ito's manga. Truthfully it seems like a bit of a cash-in and it's a real shame because Junji Ito's manga is first class and a very original take on the obakemono genre. If you have become a fan of the TOMIE storyline and have already purchased/seen the excellent (by comparison) sequel TOMIE FORBIDDEN FRUIT, you may just feel the need to see where it all began and will appreciate the strides the sequel has taken after viewing this. RECOMMENDED FOR THOSE WHO HAVE SEEN THE SEQUEL -Adam Kitano


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