"Love Ghost," is an excellent film. The film itself, directed by Kazuyuki Shibuya, is based on the Manga by Junji Ito [Uzumaki, Tomie]. More importantly, as the reviewer below noted in his review, it is refreshing in that there are not tons of blood and gore in the film: That gets old real fast. [Although it does have its share of violence]. But not enough to nauseate one. Moreover, I found the film to be very good. I purchased this film some years back on a whim, and had not seen the film in a few years, until I decided to take it out of my storage, along with some other DVDs and Videos, to view it again recently; and I found that it had held up to my previous liking of the film. This is both a drama and a ghost story.
The film has a very well developed storyline, which is a plus in any film. The films narrative centers on the main protagonist Fukada Midori (Risa Goto) and her mother who have just moved back to the place where Midori lived as a child. Moreover, she begins to rekindle her friendship with a boy she once had a crush on: The films main antagonist Shibayama Ryusuke (Ryuhei Matsuda). However, there is something strange and different about her childhood friend. As Midori's classmates begin to commit suicide, Midori is perplexed and tries to understand why.
The films narrative is able to keep the viewer in suspense as to what, and why these events are happening. For one thing, the other teenage girls at Midori's school are a little jealous of her beauty [she catches the looking glances of the boys]. But it is the game the girls play to amuse themselves that is a bit more ominous in tone. These girls are into fortune telling, tarot cards, and reading horoscopes. Yet not content to dabble in this fun, they decide to play a new game called Tsujiura. In his game [which is an old fortune telling method] a person covers their eyes while asking a passing stranger a question. And the answer is given to be the truth. However, not every passing person is 'normal,' especially if he wears black clothes.
Furthermore, his answers may not be what you want to hear, and more importantly, he may just be a ghost. I would not really say that the film is a horror story, per se, at least not in the usual cliched way that most horror films are done. There is an emotional depth to the film, with tragedy, death and above all guilt--which is explored to the hilt. And I especially liked the psychological twists the film employs in its narrative, which for me is always a plus. This is a very well done film, the cinematography is very good [especially considering the low budget the film boasted] and more importantly, the camera use that first time director Kazuyuki Shibuya employed in the film was maximized to the fullest affect in creating a terrific atmosphere. I recommend the film highly.