ONE MISSED CALL 2
(Chakusin Ari 2)
The first film had its moments but One Missed Call 2 remains unexceptional in every regard. Previously, director Renpei Tsukamoto has mostly worked in television, although he did make the horror film Ghost Shout (2004). Alas, Tsukamoto seems to lack any aptitude for the material the film is prosaic and lacking in any of the spooky atmosphere that even the more desultory J-horror films manage to conjure. There seems no particular drive for much of the film though the various characters have received notice of their impending deaths, there rarely seems much urgency about the situation. The story seems to doggedly plod from one scene to the next and there is no fascination to the piecing together of the mystery. The film does perk up only slightly when it arrives in Taiwan where there comes the odd jump during the scenes of people investigating the mine and the ghost of Li Li coming after them.
The other major problem seems to be a confused and unfocused plot. The main theme from the first film about the haunted/cursed phone calls seems of less importance to what is going on here the bulk of the story takes place in Taiwan and the film only occasionally remembers to get back to a few people touched by the curse on the Japanese mainland. The scenes where we find that the origin of the curse was Li Li who predicted peoples deaths and was sealed up in a mine with her lips sewn shut after placing a curse on the village takes the film even closer to the character of Sadako in the Ring films. The film also reaches an ending that left me completely confused one where we are not sure why some people die and others are spared, while added confusion is created involving revelations about twins and stopped watches.
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