Scary stories always make great movies. That is why so many tragic stories are made into horror movies. It is as if the trauma of the event bleeds into the story itself. What if that could happen, though? What if a terrible event affected lives later, even if it seemed like they had nothing to do with the original event at all?
Reincarnation, or Rinne, asks that exact question. Director Takashi Shimizu is an icon of Japanese horror. He directed the original versions of many films that were remade by American filmmakers in the early 2000s. Reincarnation was released in 2005 and has his masterful style all over it. It even did well during its release in the United States, despite being in Japanese and having an all-Japanese cast.
Nagisa Sugiura is an aspiring actress. She is excited and, understandably, a little nervous when she is offered a role in a horror movie. She begins to have strange experiences after she accepts the role. Are they visions? Or is it some kind of haunting? Perhaps it is just the subject matter of the film: a murder spree that took in place in a hotel 40 years prior. This role could make her career, but will it be worth it?
This movie is classic Japanese horror. It has all the best elements of a great Japanese horror movie. The viewer roots for the characters. The music fits the scenes. The camerawork is phenomenal, and so important in this film. It is scary in all the right ways. The storyline itself is fantastic.
I know that I have already given this movie a lot of praise. It is so good that it even made a prior Top Ten of mine. That is because it is the first Japanese horror movie that I ever saw. It hooked me for life. It has all the elements of a really good horror story.
Obviously, I would recommend Reincarnation. So what are you waiting for? Go get a little scared.
ALWAYS KEEP SPARKLING!!!