Kôrei (2000, JAP) C-97m. ** D: Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Starring Kôji Yakusho, Jun Fubuki, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, Hikari Ishida, Kitarou. Sound recordist Yakusho and his wife Fubuki, a troubled medium, get mixed up in a kidnapping case, which they want to use to their advantage. Story set-up is too long and despite some eerie scenes involving hautings, film ends up being much too conventional. Even the trademark chills seem constructed. A slight disappointment from the director of CURE/KYUA (1997). Based on a novel by Mark McShane, which was also the basis for the British classic SÉANCE ON A WET AFTERNOON (1964). Made for television. Also known as SÉANCE.

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