Mitsuru (Tetsuki Tamayama) and Maki (Asami Mizukawa) are running a bit low on funds and appear to be in a bit of trouble over some drug money owed. They decide to kidnap a little girl, hide out in an abandoned elementary school and demand ransom from the parents. There’s just one hitch…the child’s parents claim their little girl died over a year ago. Neither Mitsuru nor Maki are quite sure what to believe when they go to check the child and find her missing. Despite the rather large amount of sleeping pills they gave her, the child has snuck off. The search begins and Mitsuru begins having strange flashbacks as he navigates the halls.
Meanwhile, Mitsuru’s “gang” of three homeboys shows up at the school to “hang out”. Course, Mitsuru lets them in on his plan for ransom and they all begin searching for the child. Naturally, something else is wandering from class to class, stalking each of them. Something I can only call, “Cousin IT San”. You know the drill. Things really get crazy though when Mitsuru discovers the dead body of his homeboy’s ex-girlfriend. It would seem she discovered her man nailing another girl and she decided to hole herself up in a bathroom stall and slash her wrist with an exacto blade. That’s not all…looks like she’s also haunting the school.
A little girl and a teen? Sheesh.
Loyalties are in question though when Mitsuru’s homeboy comes to him and reveals that Maki is plotting against him and the whole “call to the parents” thing was a ruse. It was all a set up. Naturally, Maki denies everything and claims it was homeboy’s whole idea. The plan was to bring him to the school, scare him then betray him…huh? Who is the little girl? What connection does Mitsuru have to the ghost?
Yeah…look…I won’t even finish the break down because this whole thing felt silly. Why didn’t Maki and the guys just put a bullet behind Mitsuru’s ear? Why in God’s name would you arrange for him to be scared first? We get a small ghost child and a teen ghost girl. One is seeking to forgive while the other is seeking revenge. Honestly, I just wasn’t feelin’ this one. It felt so…so…cliché. The whole thing felt so contrived like the director wanted to mix Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance with The Ring. The tension is completely blown in the first 15 minutes of the film.
The angry ghost was fairly unoriginal looking. I’ve seen the exact same ghost in several other films. The dialogue was also a bit goofy. On the other hand…Asami Mizukawa, better know for her role as the 16 year old Ikuko Hamada from Dark Water, was incredibly hot. Flaming hot. I wanted to see her in a checkered mini-skirt, white button down shirt and leather platform baby doll’s singing a cheap lounge version of Limp Bizkit’s “Nookie”.
So there you have it. If you’re a fan of Asian horror you may be disappointed, you may not. I was. My recommendation would be to “rent first”.