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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

PREMONITION 予言 by Tsurata Norio

I haven't heard anything about this Japanese film until I went to the cineplexes today. Saw the poster when dad called and asked me to buy the tickets for tonight's show and immediately had my reservations.

"Oh god, not another Japanese horror flick." I whined, seeing the creepy pale-faced bald guy on the poster.

Of course, dad maintained that it wasn't a horror flick, thus I bought the tickets in the end.

The film started out happily enough. A couple (wife played by Noriko Sakai and husband played by some guy whose name I don't know and will find out someday) going out for a car trip with their young and adorable little daughter. Dad needed to send an email via a public phone booth, so they stopped near one and allowed him to do so. Things was going all fine and dandy until dad saw an old newspaper article under the phone, to his horror, the article foretold the impending death of his young and adorable little daughter in a violent car accident where a big ass truck will slam onto their car, causing its explosion.

Immediately, a big ass truck slammed onto the car, causing it to explode, with the poor young and adorable little daughter stuck within. Angst and sadness ensue.

We'll spend the rest of the film seeing the parents grieving and guilt-ridden about their child's death. What's even cooler is that since then, dad started receiving newspaper articles everyday foretelling the future. And like all Japanese supernatural thrillers, this one had a perpetual feeling of gloom and doom. However, despite the fact that its rather creepy and eerie, with the perpetual feeling of gloom and doom, it doesn't really have any ghosts in it, thus making this gloomy and doom-filled film slightly different from other gloomy and doom-filled films out there.

I recommend this film for its rather smart ending. Go check it out, small little Japanese films these days just don't get enough love.