Re/Member is a 2023 Japanese live-action J-horror film based on Welzard’s manga Karada Sagashi which has sold more than 3.4 million copies. Karada Sagashi was previously adapted as TV series in 2017.
Directed by Eiichirō Hasumi [羽住英一郎, Hasumi Eiichirō] (Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness animated series; Mozu; Assassination Classroom and sequel; Umizaru). Produced by Yuki Hara.
The movie stars Kanna Hashimoto (Violence Action; Kingdom 2; Kiss Me At the Stroke of Midnight; Signal 100) and Gordon Maeda [(眞栄田 郷敦, Maeda Gōdon] (Kana; Lost Legend; Tokyo Revengers), Maika Yamamoto, Fûju Kamio, Kotaro Daigo, Mayu Yokota, Shuntaro Yanagi, Naomi Nishida and Tasuku Emoto.
Asuka, Takahiro and four other high schoolers must spend the night finding the scattered remains of a body hidden within their school, or risk being killed over and over by the “Red Person” and repeating the same day forever. Can they break out of the murderous loop and see tomorrow?
“Re/Member captures the early aughts and the manga death game genre expertly, bringing out nostalgia with its embrace of horror tropes and more. While the plot itself is lukewarm at best, the actors make the most of it, and the thoughtful use of blood and effects make even moments that are cut away from land – like the moment at the very start of the body game.” 7 out of 10, But Why Tho?
” …a fun and enjoyable teen drama. Some imagery is truly terrifying, especially early in the movie, but as the story progresses, it becomes more of a very tender story about friendship. It might not be the scariest film you have ever seen or the best acted or produced, but it has that entertainment factor that many more expensive movies have forgotten about.” 7 out of 10, Fiction Horizon
“A Japanese ghost movie that focuses on selling brutal scenes, haunting ghosts repeatedly. with the hope of using the time loop plot But the result is boring, repetitive, and surprisingly funny. (At first, it seems to be good. But after a while, this is messed up) and also spicy teenage love friendships to look new.” 2.5 out of 5, Filmy Hype
“In Re/Member, the actual time loop element works really well. It’s the rest of the movie that takes off in directions that do not work for me. Halfway through – which means around an hour into the runtime – the story takes a darker turn while also becoming lighter in other ways. That’s when I started to lose interest in the story, which is a shame since it began in a very promising way.” 2 out of 5 stars, Heaven of Horror
“This movie can easily be compared to Happy Death Day. It is a lot more violent with the deaths the characters go through and doesn’t have the same sense of humour. However, the supernatural elements make this very interesting. The mystery of how they got trapped in the game is interesting.” 4 out of 5, Movie Reviews 101
“While it’s still not what I would call essential viewing, Re/Member is a cut above a lot of similar films. The fights with the ghost tend to be fast [aced and energetic and there’s a bit more to the plot than just a collection of jump scares. If you’re looking for a way to kill some time it should do the job nicely.” 3.5 out of 5 stars, Voices from the Balcony
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