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Love Ghost


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Feature: C



How about a romantic film with suicidal tendencies?  Well, director Kazuyuki Shibuya has exactly the ticker with Love Ghost (2000) if that is the kind of ride one wants to take.  Midori is a young lady who grew up in a neighborhood she is now visiting again, but has the chance to see her younger life repeat, one filled with some horrors and missed opportunities she’d like to maybe alter like a boy she loved.  Melodramatic?  Yes, even when covered in blood and the supernatural.


Instead of using time travel or some other Science Fiction model, it is yet another Japanese film that falls back on a tired, unexplained mysticism that ruins an already tenuous relation to suspension of disbelief.  Naoyuki Tomomatsu’s script had potential, but gets too caught up in cliché to ever be involving enough.  For diehard fans of mysticism and fate only.


The 1.78 X 1 image is very softy and detail challenged and if the color were any worse, it would rate worse.  It was shot with Panasonic digital DVR video and shows it.  The Dolby Digital Japanese 2.0 is simple stereo at best with minimal surrounds.  Extras include five trailers, including one for this flick.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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