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One Missed Call (2003)
"Chakushin ari" (original title)

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People mysteriously start receiving voicemail messages from their future selves, in the form of the sound of them reacting to their own violent deaths.

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Cast

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Yumi Nakamura (as Kô Shibasaki)
Shin'ichi Tsutsumi ...
Kazue Fukiishi ...
Natsumi Konishi
Anna Nagata ...
Yoko Okazaki
Atsushi Ida ...
Kenji Kawai
Mariko Tsutsui ...
Marie Mizunuma
Kumiko Imai
Keiko Tomita
Kayoko Fujii
Yoshiko Noda
Azusa ...
Ritsuko Yamashita
Tetsushi Tanaka
Mitsuhiro Sato
Kaoru Hanaki
Hassei Takano
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Storyline

People mysteriously start receiving voicemail messages from their future selves, in the form of the sound of them reacting to their own violent deaths, along with the exact date and time of their future death, listed on the message log. The plot thickens as the surviving characters pursue the answers to this mystery which could save their lives. Written by Anonymous

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death | message | asthma | sound | hospital | See more »

Taglines:

Kuru. (It's coming.) See more »

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Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, disturbing images and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 January 2004 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

One Missed Call  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$86,329 (Hong Kong) (11 June 2004)

Gross:

$140,322 (Hong Kong) (18 June 2004)
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Trivia

During the opening credit sequence, one of the cell phone ring-tones is the theme song from an earlier 'Takashi Miike (I)' film, Gozu (2003). See more »

Connections

Remade as One Missed Call (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Ikutsuka no Sora
(Few Skies)
by Kou Shibasaki
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A well made horror, courtesy of Miike Takashi.
11 July 2005 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Most Japanese movies are considered as low-budget compared to their Hollywood counterparts. This is because their production costs are so high. However this factor does not deter Japanese creative production teams to come up with movie gems, in different genres.

In the realm of Japanese horrors for example, a studio working with a limited budget has to resort to Jaws-style direction, in which you hardly see or visualise the ghosts/monsters.

And it is through the movie's simplicity, or by not showing/explaining too much, that J-horrors have turned up the notch on the haunting and horror levels through movies such as Ring and Dark Water. Of course there are the still plenty of gorefest movies such as Suicide Circles and Ichi the Killer, the latter being a courtesy of that notorious but prolific J-director, Takashi Miike.

So it is remarkable and truly rewarding to see how Miike toned down his tastes for the twisted and perverted in One Missed Call. Furthermore he implemented his flair of storytelling through symbolisms and graphic metaphors quite nicely. Any shock/gore elements were used in such a way that they serve the movie, instead of downgrading it to a cheesy flick.

In conclusion, One Missed Call satisfies on many levels, providing you keep an open mind and just enjoy the ride. Another plus of the movie is the appearances of several gorgeous J-idols, such as Kazue Fukishii and Kou Shibasaki. Nifty!


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