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Uzumaki

Released Feb 11, 2000 1h 31m Horror Mystery & Thriller List
59% Tomatometer 27 Reviews 57% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings Kirie (Eriko Hatsune) and Shuichi (Fhi Fan) are friends in a small town who notice that Shuichi's father, Toshio (Ren Ôsugi), has become utterly obsessed with snails, videotaping them in his garden and gathering items that resemble the spiral patterns on their shells. Kirie sees spirals elsewhere, too, even in the way people dress and comport their bodies. When the curiosities turn to tragedies, Shuichi wants to escape to Tokyo, but Kirie is determined to stay and figure out what is going on. Read More Read Less
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Uzumaki uses its creepy, David Lynch-inspired atmospherics to effectively build a sense of dread, but ultimately fails to do anything with it.

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Scott Tobias AV Club Uzumaki progresses like the life cycle of a butterfly, only the subjects begin as human beings and contort into giant snails, powerless to stop their bodies from betraying them. Oct 19, 2018 Full Review Dennis Harvey Variety Pic duly places less emphasis on narrative than on the sort of surreal set pieces that might have worked better in the graphic-novel form. Feb 11, 2010 Full Review J. R. Jones Chicago Reader Adapted from a horror comic by Junji Ito, this debut feature from Japanese music-video director Higuchinsky begins eerily but doesn't take long to descend into silliness. Apr 18, 2007 Full Review Jason Shawhan Nashville Scene The spiral is always turning, you know, growing outward even as it pulls you in, first by sight, then by thought, and by then far too late. Sep 9, 2021 Full Review Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid A brilliant horror film with an original idea and style to spare. Rated: 4/4 Jun 3, 2006 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Aug 12, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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Khalil F Just read the book, they skipped 90% of the book, stuff all the chapters into one chapter with everything happening at the same time, removed characters pivotal to the story, ending completely changed, and none of the chapters actually finish. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 08/01/23 Full Review Audience Member Great. Effects still hold up. Ending a little lackluster though. Final chapter could have been done better Rated 3 out of 5 stars 08/02/21 Full Review Audience Member I was expecting the unique visuals to carry this film but sadly it did not. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Audience Member Bizarre premise that might make more sense from a Japanese cultural point of view, but manages to convey a very intense feeling of discomfort and fear that won't leave you cold. Too bad the movie isn't going anywhere. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member had something going for it, but not even close to the Junji Ito's comic masterpiece. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member An empty shell of the original manga Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Kirie (Eriko Hatsune) and Shuichi (Fhi Fan) are friends in a small town who notice that Shuichi's father, Toshio (Ren Ôsugi), has become utterly obsessed with snails, videotaping them in his garden and gathering items that resemble the spiral patterns on their shells. Kirie sees spirals elsewhere, too, even in the way people dress and comport their bodies. When the curiosities turn to tragedies, Shuichi wants to escape to Tokyo, but Kirie is determined to stay and figure out what is going on.
Director
Higuchinsky
Producer
Sumiji Miyake, Dai Miyazaki
Screenwriter
Junji Ito, Kengo Kaji, Takao Nitta, Chika Yasuo
Distributor
Tidepoint Pictures LLC
Production Co
Star Max, Shogakukan, Omega Micott Inc, Tokyo FM Broadcasting Company, Space Shower TV
Genre
Horror, Mystery & Thriller
Original Language
Japanese
Release Date (Theaters)
Feb 11, 2000, Original
Release Date (DVD)
Oct 13, 2009
Runtime
1h 31m
Sound Mix
Stereo