One Missed Call (2003) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

One Missed Call (2003)

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  • Release Date:  2003
  • Genre:  Ghost & Spirit
  • Director:  Takashi Miike
  • Screenwriter:  Alex Von David, Minako Daira, Yasushi Akimoto
  • Cast & Crew: Edward Burns, Ana Claudia Talancón, Ray Wise, Azura Skye, Johnny Lewis, Jason Beghe, Margaret Cho, Meagan Good, Rhoda Griffis, Dawn Dininger, Ariel Winter, Sarah Jean Kubik, Raegan Lamb, and Karen Beyer.

One Missed Call (2003) Rating:

  • Dylan = 8 / 10;
  • Raoul = 8 / 10;
  • IMDB = 6.2/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 6.3/10.

One Missed Call (2003) Synopsis:

In Japan, people start receiving mysterious phone calls from their own cell phone, apparently from the future, foreshadowing the exact moment of their death.

One Missed Call (2003) Review:

One Missed Call is one of many movies directed by Takashi Miike, probably the best horror director that Japan ever put on this earth (Audition, Ichi The Killer, Three…Extremes, etc), and this movie is simply one of his best.

The film is very similar to its two famous Japanese counterparts, The Ring and The Grudge. It has the convoluted revenge story of The Ring and a monster that looks a lot like a mix between the woman in The Grudge and Samara from The Ring, with long dark hair and a really scary face. Like the other movies cited, One Missed Call plays on the inevitability of death for whoever receives the specific phone call. The concept is simple, and but works out very well here and makes the movie captivating right from the very start. It does get a little lengthy towards the middle, but the final 30 minutes in the hospital are pure terror.

I really like the realism of the movie (as far as one can call a ghost film “realist”). The victims know the exact time of their death, and really try to stop it, by surrounding themselves with lots of people, for example, something quite unusual in ghost movies where the victims tends to stupidly corner themselves in remote places waiting to be caught by the ghost.

Just a little warning, expect a complex scenario. You’ll need to remember a number of Japanese names to really enjoy properly the experience. Worst case, keep a plot summary handy, the story is really worth following.

Definitely one of my top 3 or top 5 Asian horror movies.

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