Shikoku (film)

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Directed by Shunichi Nagasaki
Written by Kunimi Manda
Takenori Sento
Starring Chiaki Kuriyama
Michitaka Tsutsui
Yui Natsukawa
Release dates
  • 1999 (1999)
Running time
100 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Shikoku (死国?, "The Land of The Dead") is a supernatural thriller film written and produced in Japan in 1999. It was directed by Shunichi Nagasaki and written by Kunimi Manda and Takenori Sento.

Title Significance[edit]

The title is a play on words. In Japanese, depending on which kanji is used, "shikoku" can mean "four countries" (which is the name of the island where the movie is set) or it can mean "land of the dead". The tagline used for the film was "Some things are better left dead...", with the genre of the film fitting into Horror/Thriller.

Plot summary[edit]

Years after moving to Tokyo with her parents, Hinako returns to her hometown in rural Shikoku. She soon learns that her childhood friend, Sayori, died several years ago and that Sayori's mother, who used to perform seances and exorcisms, has gone almost insane with grief. After seeing Sayori's yūrei several times during the night, Hinako consults with some local experts on the paranormal and discovers that Sayori's mother has something planned for her daughter.


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