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Tales Of Terror From Tokyo… and all over Japan – The Movie

(Anthology Feature)


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Shorts: C



We have had the chance to look at two anthology features form Japan and were happy with both.  Curse, Death & Spirit offered early TV work from writer/director Hideo Nakata, while Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams is a very underrated work from the late master.  Tales Of Terror From Tokyo… and all over Japan – The Movie does not fare as well, offering some interesting but never the payoff the better works in the mystery/supernatural anthology genre do.  The eight tales here are:


1)     Night Watchman

2)     Wisps Of Smoke

3)     Gloves

4)     The Weight

5)     Full-Length Mirror

6)     Line Of Sight

7)     The Promise

8)     Hisao



The fifth installment is the shortest and most interesting, with the best payoff, but would have worked even better with more development.  Some of the shorts have almost the same payoff, which is a particularly bad thing.  I enjoyed the ambition and ideas in some of the shorts, but others just never add up.  It is an interesting mix of good and bad, but what does not work usually outdoes what does.


The shorts are of various visual quality and shot in various formats, but all are presented here in anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 and all are on the soft side.  Some are worse than others, while color quality also varies throughout.  The Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo also varies in quality throughout, but there are no real major surrounds from any of the shorts.  The only extras are trailers for this and four other Tokyo Shock DVD releases.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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