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NEW Jackson/taylor/denman - Shutter (Blu-ray)
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- Shutter (Unrated) [Blu-ray]
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20th Century Shutter (Unrated) (Blu-ray)A young photographer and his girlfriend discover mysterious shadows in their photographs after a tragic accident. They soon learn that you can never escape the past as aghost continuously haunts them.
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Of course, the whole concept fits very well with the Grudge-like Japanese genre, and the Thai version was likely also inspired by that sub-genre of horror, so in the end that's beside the point. I just felt the need to question whether this is "just another J-Horror crossover".
Anyway, having lived in Japan for nearly a decade, I found this one hit very close to home and was authentic and believeable.
Compare to a show like Heroes that uses Japanese-Americans and Korean-Americans pretending to be Japanese with awful accents - or reading clocks with Kanji digits... well, let's just say it was nice to see some real Japanese actors who weren't playing to American stereotypes.
See, I knew more than a couple of American guys who dated Japanese women, and stories of the Japanese girlfriend who refused to say goodbye -- often bordering on the creepy stalkerish type -- were not rare.
Something about being a Gaijin and the way Japanese relationships are rarely as casual at their core makes the girlfriend who could not say goodbye story ring very true here.
I also knew a few less than wholesome American guys there with awful reputations, and the "ugly American" in this movie likewise hits the nail on the head.
These realistic, drawn-from-tales-of-experience background story elements make Shutter more than the typical watch the teens die one by one type of B flick, and made it very entertaining for me. I also found it to be more realistic than the Grudge remake because of their less than pretty take of the American guy in Japan.
If you are a guy (or girl) who lived in Japan for a while, you'll enjoy the authentic feel of this one. If not, it may just be "another J-horror crossover" to you.
It's a buy for me!
The Camera of a New York native photographer who is now working in Japan starts to capture the image of the "ghost". The wife is the prime vehicle for seeing the ghosts, and as stated in many of the DVD features ( Commentary etc) the Wife is the way the audience is supposed to see the events and experience the Japanese culture. As I have stated in other reviews, the unrated version has again proven itself to be the de-facto gold standard, since this is a gem of a scare, which supposedly differs from the cinematic piece. It is really not clear if this is the case, and it is just a subjective judgement, but the film seems to suffer to some degree from a non-english speaking Director, especially in the dialogue scenes, but it is clear from the Features that he brings a wealth of spooky experience to the non-verbal material, and it is why this material stands out so very well. It is to this end that the latter part of the film ( past 45 minutes) starts to pick up speed from non-verbal material and where the Director has taken some scenes from the original.
Great Commentary. Works superbly well... not exactly entertaining, but it is extremely informative. The features are genuinely good, and at points intensely spooky.Its not the Ring, but its extremely good.