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