'Marebito' is an interesting interesting concept film, original and well-made. A good 90 minutes of entertainment, if you like yours disturbing and gritty.
A documentary filmmaker witnesses a man's fairly horrific suicide and goes searching for the nature of terror in the old tunnels beneath Tokyo. There, along with a strange homeless man and a (possible) ghost, he finds a young girl. She is naked, mute, and chained to a wall. He does what anyone might do in such a situation, right? He frees her, takes her home, and keeps her like a pet. It seems to be working out all right, until he finds that the girl has a strong preference for drinking human blood.
It's a creepy but sometimes sensuous little movie. I liked it mainly because it doesn't try to overplay anything; it sets an effective tone and sticks to it, and never really shows its hand fully. Lots of good mood-setting and a few gory payoff moments as well, an interesting story and good actors. Not bad at all.
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(Masuoka Shinya Tsukamoto, director of Tetsuo) is a cameraman possessed by the craving to understand fear. In particular, he obsesses over his footage of a grisly suicide in the subway. Returning to the scene to better comprehend the dead man's reasoning, he opens a doorway into a bizarre, cavernous underworld. Here among the ghosts and subterranean creatures he finds a beautiful, mute girl whom he takes home. As days pass he begins to suspect there is something truly inhuman about this girl. When he begins to uncover her horrifying secrets, Masuoka realizes that he has found the key to gaining the terrible knowledge he so craves...