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Uzumaki

The residents of a quaint Japanese village find themselves growing more and more fixated on and haunted by spirals.

Uzumaki

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2000
Japan
90 minutes
1.85 : 1

About 'Uzumaki'

“Uzu­maki” is a Japanese horror film from 2000, based on the manga of the same name by Junji Ito. The plot revolves around the small town of Kurôzu, which is haunted by an eerie series of events that all revolve around the motif of spirals.

The main char­ac­ters, Kirie Gos­hima and her friend Shuichi Saito, dis­cover that the inhab­it­ants of Kurôzu are gripped by an obses­sion with spirals, which leads from ini­tial fas­cin­a­tion to increasing mad­ness. The story takes a dark turn as people are lit­er­ally warped into spirals or devoured by a pos­sessed spiral. The ten­sion escal­ates as the prot­ag­on­ists des­per­ately try to escape the increasing threat.

The film is char­ac­ter­ised by its dis­turbing atmo­sphere and eerie visual effects. Some of the film’s wack­iest ideas and most absurd scenes include, for example, the depic­tion of people trans­forming into human spirals and the oppressive idea that spirals can mani­fest them­selves any­where, be it in the form of hair, snails or even hur­ricanes. One par­tic­u­larly bizarre scene shows a woman being engulfed by her own strand of hair as it trans­forms into a grot­esque spiral shape. Another scene shows a man obsessed with spin­ning in a con­fined space until he spins him­self to death.

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