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Shibuya Kaidan 2

“Shibuya Kaidan 2″ starts off pretty much where the first one left off, only the stupidity begins right away this time. Pre-credits, we get a shot of a guy rolling around in the middle of the road screaming. Then we get a hospital scene in which, when someone dies, the doctor rushes in, listens for a heartbeat by placing his head on the chest (!), shines a light in the patient’s eyes and that’s it. No crash cart, no resuscitation attempts, nothing. I hope I never get sick in Japan.

Thankfully, the film actually gets better as it progresses, and I jumped at least twice. The climactic scene was also pretty good, except it was marred by a couple more unintentionally funny shots.

This being a curse/revenge type flick, the ghost, now identified as Sachiko (and it’s not really a spoiler telling you this) comes into her own in Part 2; and is responsible for some more creative kills this time around. If the series continues (and if a decent script can be worked out), she could become a real badass comparable to Sadako. “Shibuya Kaidan 2” comes closer, but it still has a way to go. The problem is that, in order to understand this film, you need to see the more mundane first installment. With any luck though, we’ll get a more polished (and creepier) theatrical release, a la “Ju-On.”

Pros: A couple of good jump scenes; thicker tension this time. Sachiko becomes a creepy little bugger.
Cons: Still content to rip off other, better films (yet another “Dark Water” visual is lifted for use here)
Review Rating: 3 out of 5 chiropractors are only three feet tall in this flick.

Shibuya Kaidan 2” (2004)
Also known as “Spirit of Vengeance 2”
71 Minutes; Japan
Not rated, but probably equivalent to a PG13 for terror and disturbing situations.

Starring:
Asami Mizukawa
Syuji Kashiwabara
Horikita Maki
Directed by: Horie Kei
Viewing Format: Import VCD (bundled with “Shibuya Kaidan ”)

(Originally published on HorrorWatch)

About John Daily

John is a freelance writer, columnist and critic. His work has appeared in print, as well as on sites such as ScifiWatch and HorrorWatch (where he wrote under the complete meaningless moniker “Bloody Taco”). An archive of his film-related material is available at cinemaspin.wordpress.com. Currently, he can be found spouting his special brand of sarcastic nonsense at CigarHell.com or Twitter (JohnNDaily).

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