Finding myself with a chance to view a film with a long(ish) run time for the first time in weeks,I started looking at the titles I have waiting to be viewed. Being in the mood for more J-Horror after seeing the amazing The Snow Woman (1968) I stumbled on a 2 hour J-Horror I had forgotten about picking up! This led to me looking into the mirror.
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Gathering Takamura round the table with the other victims of Bilocations ( lookalike ghosts), writer/director Mari Asato & cinematographer Yûta Tsukinaga take the most lingering elements of J-Horror, (long takes of blurred, ghostly figures walking in the background, ghosts fading into black smoke) and gives them an eerie sting, stuck by symmetrical shots of the victims (unknowingly) being in step with their Bilocations a floor below,and the use of mirrors to catch reflections drilling the anxiety of the blurred double getting nearer. Allowing the ghosts to take on a partly solid form,Asato uses the outbreak of short,sharp,shock moments of violence from the Bilocations to their real versions to pull open the wounds of misery of the people who are haunted live.
Mirroring Haruka Hôjô's novel is his adaptation, Asato threads Takamura's discovery of the Bilocation with a cerebral Sci-Fi edge, held by the ghost/Bilocation invading/ subtly seeping in to infect and gain control of the victims family, and the "support" group Takamura attends being a shadowy secret society. Piecing together Takamura's fight to peel off her Bilocation in the first hour, Asato brilliantly opens up left-field revelations in the final hour, that chillingly alter the perspective of what has gone before. After making it clear how all in the group must use mirrors to recognise the ghosts,Asato gets to the twists by sadly taking a mis-step and having everyone randomly forget this established rule at a crucial moment. Haunted by this new embodiment, Asami Mizukawa gives an outstanding performance of layering Takamura in gradual alterations which make the twists spark when Takamura faces her Bilocation.
Drama / Horror / Mystery
Drama / Horror / Mystery
"Bilocation" is a supernatural phenomenon in which an individual appears in two different places at the same time, which has been reported historically worldwide. What if your alter ego exceeds your experience and ability? And what if he/she tries to prevent you from standing in the way of him/her? Can you accept it, or will you kill the other "you"? Bilocation depicts the nightmare of an alter ego that endangers not only your identity but also your very existence. It is an imaginative psychological thriller unlike anything you've ever seen. —Jiilo_Kim
Uploaded By: FREEMAN
November 05, 2021 at 03:07 AM