One Missed Call: Final

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One Missed Call - Final
One Missed Call- Final FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed byManabu Aso
Produced by
Kazuo Kuroi
  • Yoichi Arishige
  • Akira Yamamoto[1]
Screenplay by
  • Minako Daira
Based onA book
by Yasuhi Akimoto[1]
Starring
Music by
Koji Endo
  • Junichi Matsuda[1]
CinematographyKaunari Tanaka[2]
Production
companies
  • Kadokawa Movie Fund Group[1]
Distributed byToho
Release date
  • 24 June 2006 (2006-06-24)
Running time
104 minutes[1]
Country
  • Japan
  • South Korea[1]

One Missed Call: Final (Japanese: 着信アリFinal, Hepburn: Chakushin ari: Final) is a 2006 horror film and the third installment of the One Missed Call franchise, written by franchise creator Yasushi Akimoto and directed by Manabu Asou.

Plot[edit]

High school student, PAM, hangs herself at school due to severe bullying from her classmates, but she is saved and committed to a hospital in a state of coma. Her friend, Asuka Matsuda, who is also bullied, plans to take revenge against their classmates, all of whom have gone to Busan, South Korea on a field trip. Using her computer, she clicks her class photo to place the cell phone curse. Her first victim is Azusa Kusunoki; Azusa receives a message accompanied by a photo showing her hanged. At Busan, Azusa is separated from her classmates in a busy marketplace and is killed when a noose drags and hangs her, with her spitting out a red candy afterwards. Teruya Mikami receives the message next, but now accompanied with the text "Death exempt by forwarding the message". He shrugs it off and goes to a restroom, but is killed when a loose telephone wire electrocutes him to death. More students start to receive the message, and they race to forward it to their friends, saving them at the cost of their friends' lives.

Asuka's close friend, Emiri Kusama, whose boyfriend, Ahn Jin-wo, is deaf, calls Asuka to stop her, to no avail. They learn that the curse came from Mimiko Mizunuma, a girl who died from asthma. Emiri reveals to Jin-wo that PAM is a nickname for Asuka to denote her status in their class (a diminutive of "Spam"), exposing the current Asuka as her impostor. She also reveals that Asuka became the target of bullying due to standing up for Emiri, who was originally the one bullied first. With Jin-wo's advice, Emiri apologizes to Asuka, awaking the real Asuka.

Realizing that the curse's source is Asuka's computer, Emiri and Jin-wo race to send mails to overload the computer's inbox, with help from their friends who spread the news through South Korea and Japan. While sending mails, Emiri's computer connects with Asuka's at the same time when Asuka comes back home. The two have a conversation, but when Emiri receives the cursed message, both are transported to different places in their school. Finding Asuka about to commit suicide with Mimiko, Emiri recalls their promise to visit the shore and offers herself to replace Asuka. Before Mimiko can do so, Asuka's computer is overloaded and the two are sent back to their previous places. While parting ways with Emiri, Jin-wo snatches her phone (which still has the curse), and forwards the message to himself afterwards he is violently killed as Emiri watches in shock. Sometime later, Asuka and Emiri, the latter having lost her ability to speak and walk due to all the events that occurred, visit the shore, as promised.

Cast[edit]

  • Maki Horikita as Asuka Matsuda (松田 明日香, Matsuda Asuka) / PAM (パム, Pamu)
  • Meisa Kuroki as Emiri Kusama (草間 えみり, Kusama Emiri)
  • Jang Keun-suk as Ahn Jin-wo (アン・ジヌ, An Jinu, 안진우)
  • Erika Asakura as Minori Yazawa (矢澤 みのり, Yazawa Minori)
  • Yū Kamiwaki as Mari Shimazaki (島崎 真理, Shimazaki Mari)
  • Rakuto Tochihara as Shinichi Imahara (今原 信一, Imahara Shinichi)
  • Kazuma Yamane as Teruya Mikami (三上 輝也, Mikami Teruya)
  • Takashi Yamagata as Takehiro Koizumi (小泉 丈弘, Koizumi Takehiro)
  • Mami Hashimoto as Mizue Kawanaka (川中 瑞江, Kawanaka Mizue)
  • Miho Amakawa as Azusa Kusunoki (楠木 あずさ, Kusunoki Azusa)
  • Ayumi Takahashi as Tomoka Manabe (真鍋 友香, Manabe Tomoka)
  • Ryu Morioka as Hiroyuki Tsukamoto (塚本 浩之, Tsukamoto Hiroyuki)
  • Yuta Murakami as Toru Akaike (赤池 徹, Akaike Tōru)
  • Karen Oshima as Mimiko Mizunuma (水沼 美々子, Mizunuma Mimiko)
  • Yoshiko Noda as Misaki Sonoda (園田 美咲, Sonoda Misaki)
  • Itsuji Itao as Yoshitaka Kibe (木部 義孝, Kibe Yoshitaka)

Additionally, Mariko Tsutsui and Sena Shimizu appear as Marie and Nanako Mizunuma, respectively, through archive footage from the first film.

Release[edit]

One Missed Call: Final was released on June 24, 2006 where it was distributed by Toho.[2]

Critical Reception[edit]

One Missed Call: Final has received positive reviews from critics. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 58% approval rating. It's the second highest grossing film in the series after One Missed Call (2003 film).

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Galbraith IV 2008, p. 443.
  2. ^ a b Galraith IV 2008, p. 443.

References[edit]

  • Galbraith IV, Stuart (2008). The Toho Studios Story: A History and Complete Filmography. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 1461673747.

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