Koji ShiraishiChika KuboyamaShigeo OsakoSenritsu Kaiki File Kowasugi
Senritsu Kaiki File Kowasugi File 02: Shivering Ghost
Medium: film
Year: 2012
Writer/director: Koji Shiraishi
Actor: Shigeo Osako, Chika Kuboyama, Koji Shiraishi, Yoshitaka Hosokawa, Yaeko Kiyose
Keywords: Senritsu Kaiki File Kowasugi, ghost, horror, cinema verite
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: 72 minutes
Url: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt14726856/
Website category: J-horror
Review date: 2 July 2024
Senritsu File Kowasugi 2
It's good and I'll keep watching these. It's not what I'd been expecting at all.
Once again, some ill-advised people have sent their video footage to Kudo, Ichikawa and Tashiro. Entering that abandoned building was also a mistake, but not as bad as getting our heroes involved. Yeah, Kudo's still a scary thug underneath and I get we'd see yakuza tattoos if he ever took off his shirt. Hitting his own witnesses is one thing, but putting cursed voodoo hair braids around their necks? He found these in the previous film, was told that they kill people and then saw someone die in front of him. (They even captured the death on camera.) What a bastard.
I like Ichikawa, though. She's efficient and sensible. Seeing one of their witnesses turn into a terrified, crying mess made Ichikawa (who's standing right next to her and in just as much danger) look as tough as nails, although that doesn't mean she won't react when Kudo starts his investigation of the ghost room by sending her inside to see what happens.
Kudo decides that an indeterminate white blur was the ghost of a shivering woman, pointing at someone. Either he needs an optician or I do... but I was quite looking forward to this. I love ghosts. I'd travel 500 miles to meet one. This film, though, starts with a haunted building and then goes off in weird Fortean directions that almost suggest aliens more than the afterlife. The film's focus turns to a missing girl who sometimes works as a prostitute and was sleeping with seven people, of either genders. (But her boobs will get digitally blurred in any topless footage, because Kudo and Ichikawa are professionals who always adhere to broadcast standards.) Also, she might have been being possessed. Or maybe she can levitate. And more.
We're not meant to understand all that. What's happening with the flowers, for instance? That adds to the sense of disorientation, though, and this is is a pretty good film. It's weird, creepy and surprising. Its low-budget cinema verite approach is highly effective and don't be put off by the fact that there was a time a while ago when horror movies overdid it. (It's not a "found footage" film, though, because that would imply that everyone disappeared and that later someone else found their video camera. I'll stick with calling it "pseudo-documentary".) It feels real and without artifice. Koji Shiraishi clearly had a script, but it never feels as if he did. Overhearing things in mundane conversation with ordinary, non-actorly people creates its own sense of plausibility.
This is a good film. Despite the title, Shiraishi doesn't really make a ghost story and instead takes off in mental directions. I'm expecting this to be one of the most unpredictable films in this series. Tomorrow, I'll be reporting on file 03 and a man-eating kappa.