Dark Water (2002)
Director: Hideo Nakata
Main Stars: Hitomi Kuroki, Rio Kanno, Mirei Oguchi
Storyline: A single mother and her child move into a new apartment that is haunted by permeated water.
Review (Spoils): Yoshimi (Hitomi Kuroki ) wins a custody battle over her daughter and wants to start a new beginning. She finds this small but nice little apartment that fits her budget and needs for them. Strange things start to happen such as visions of water, overflowing bathtubs, leaking on the ceiling and walls where there are no pipes and of course puddles on the floor. Yoshimi thinks she is starting to lose her mind but this is affecting her over emotional daughter also. The deadbeat landlord does not want anything to do with the issue or even the topic. Through time we find out it ties to a red kid’s bag and a ghostly little girl that keeps appearing.
This film falls under the Ringu type feel which a haunting which has a connection to a little girl and water. Hideo Nakata should have pulled away from that or maybe he was trying to better the storyline with this tale. Both tales are so closely similar it is almost like a more modern Ringu. The graphics of the little girl are pretty darn good and the elevator scene is memorable in the end. This film might not be as creepy as Ringu but at the same time it is more straight forward and not as confusing.
Rating: If you loved Ringu you’re going to like this one or be overly annoyed. To be honest this film is a better film then Ringu as it is not as confusing and everything does get pretty much explained and it does not leave you trying to figure out all the symbolism for years. But as being unique it fails unfortunately it comes after Ringu.