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|One Missed Call 2 Double-Disc Special Edition|
Actors: Mimura, Hisashi Yoshizawa, Renji Ishibashi, Haruko Wanibuchi, Peter Ho
Director: Renpei Tsukamoto
Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
The One Missed Call curse has become an urban legend in Tokyo. Your cell phone rings with a chilling tone. Your violent demise is heard on the other end. Moments later, you die a horrible death. However, the curse has mut... more »
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Very different from the first
Maryssa | USA | 03/13/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"As everyone knows, Takashi Miike directed the first movie. He's kind of controversial -but he didn't bring any of that into the movie. You need to see that movie first.
The movie brings us back with that familiar cell ring that makes you want to hide, a new option of taking someone's call for them, and news that the girl from the last movie - she's in a mental hospital. It picks up fast, with a knowledable detective and scared friends. The difference this time is no candy ball. Investigation leads them to a completely different place, with a new source seeming to have teamed up with the old one. It's not so suspenseful, not as scary as the first, but definitly worth the viewing."
Way different from the first but still good
Fleseastorm | USA | 05/21/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is WAYYY different from the first One Missed Call. The way the movie plays out is sorta unorthodox in that its more like a bunch of short clips that connect rather than a continuous story that tries so hard to keep the same pace and feeling through out the whole film. This movie starts off with new characters, but the same story is here. (well sorta...). The story doesnt make as much sense as the first and never really connects, or at least that is what i thought until i watched the deleted scenes (the director thinks that scares are more important than plot i guess because he cut out story scenes to put in more scary scenes). The scares are real and plenty. Once you watch the deleted scenes you will understand the story a bit better and how it connects with the first. I would have given this movie a 3 stars if not for them. I movie does offer twists and turns in the plot, (about as many as the first...i wouldent say that either was more shocking). in all this movie is not as good as the first but its close to being as good. I really liked it although its not perfect at all. I really hope there will be a One Missed Call 3 and 4 and as many as possible."
One missed opportunity.
Robert P. Beveridge | Cleveland, OH | 05/11/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"One Missed Call 2 (Renpei Tsukamoto, 2005)
It seemed, for a while that every movie Takashi Miike released added more weight to the hypothesis that Miike is currently Japan's greatest living director. Now we have a new line of evidence: sequels of Miike's films, directed by people other than Miike, are simply not as good.
Horror director Tsukamoto (no idea if he's any relation to Shinya) turns in his second feature, which adopts the tactic of "take the basic premise of the original film and build on it until it's outrageous." Here, the same mode of death is offered up (people get calls on their cell phones from themselves in the future, and soon die in the prophesied way), but this time, the virus causing the rash of deaths burrows into the contact lists on everyone's cell phones, soon leading to an epidemic of deaths all across Southeast Asia. A trio of main characters-- the daughter of one of the victims, the daughter's boyfriend, and a plucky reporter (there must always be a plucky reporter) try to figure out where the calls are coming from, and why. It's a pretty hackneyed plot, but in more capable hands, it could have at least been slick. Here, it's just tedious. There are some interesting twists at the beginning, but nothing ever comes of them, and the plot descends into predictability and excuses to pull out the special effects budget. Stick with the original. **"
It's for you, again
Zack Davisson | Seattle, WA, USA | 09/13/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"You just can't keep a good curse down. Go through all the trouble of uncovering and pacifying the vengeful ghost in "One Missed Call," and she just pops up again. This time in Taiwan.
One year after the events of the first film. Due to the live television death that occurred in "One Missed Call," the cursed telephone message has acquired an urban legend status, with an added element of a young girl who whispers into the phone "Let's play," and then stitches your lips together if you refuse. Two friends, young Elementary school teachers Kyoko and Madoka, get drawn into the next round when their phones ring with the familiar ringtone and they hear their own doomed voices calling from the future. Into the mix are a psychic detective, Takako, who lost her twin sister to the curse years ago, and Detective Motomiya, from the first film, who have both been actively investigating the curse. The trail leads past Mimiko, the antagonist of the first film, to Taiwan, where it is found that Mimiko was only the latest carrier of the long running curse. Off they to Taiwan, seeking the originator of the curse, hoping to put her to rest and end it forever.
"One Missed Call 2" is a horror movie sequel, and that alone should let you know that it isn't going to be a stunning work of originality. The first film was directed by auteur Takashi Miike, and his original touch raised it up from mediocre to being decently scary. This sequel, however, is directed by Renpei Tsukamoto, whose experience is limited to television and he has brought with him mainly TV actors looking to make a feature film. Tsukamoto plays off of other, more successful Asian horror films, and it shows that he doesn't have a lot of confidence or personal vision. He does solve the mystery of the ending of "One missed call" in an inventive way, which was surprising.
However, if you aren't hunting for a towering work of genius, and just want to watch a good atmospheric horror flick with some good chills and a genuinely scary ghost, then "One Missed Call 2" has what you need. It is certainly better than standard slasher fare and scarier than most Hollywood ghost films."