Junji Ito's UZUMAKI live-action horror film returns to big screen after 21 years

Written by: Jei Beltrano

Published on: October 10, 2021 at 14:02 PHT (GMT+8)

The live-action film adaptation of Junji Ito's "Uzumaki" horror manga series is returning to the big screen starting next week after 21 years since its premiere last year 2000. Theater Guild in Daikanyama, Tokyo will screen the film for three days only from October 15 to 17.


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The film was initially released in Japan in 2000 featuring Eriko Hatsune as Kirie Goshima, Shin Eun-kyung as Chie Maruyama, Fhi Fan as Shuichi Saito, Keiko Takahashi as Yukie Saito, Ren Osugi as Toshio Saito, and Hinako Saeki as Kyoko Sekino. Directed by Higunchinsky, the film consists of four parts ("A Premonition", "Erosion", "Visitation", and "Transmigration"), and as a result of being produced before the manga's conclusion, uses a different ending than the manga.

The film is based on the Japanese horror manga series written and illustrated by Junji Ito which was serialized in the weekly seinen manga magazine Big Comic Spirits from 1998 to 1999. The chapters were compiled into three bound volumes by Shogakukan and published from August 1998 to September 1999.


The series tells the story of the citizens of Kurouzu-cho, a fictional city which is plagued by a supernatural curse involving spirals. The story for Uzumaki originated when Ito attempted to write a story about people living in a very long terraced house, and he was inspired to use a spiral shape to achieve the desired length. Ito believes the horror of Uzumaki is effective due to its subversion of symbols which are positively portrayed in Japanese media, and its theme of protagonists struggling against a mysterious force stronger than themselves. Uzumaki continues to receive critical acclaim, deemed by many as Ito's magnum opus. (via Wiki)


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