Kokkuri (1997)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Supernatural Drama, Teen Movie  |   Run Time - 87 min.  |   Countries - Japan  |  
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Co-scripting with Kishu Izuchi, director Takahisa Zeze based this film on a 1970s Japanese teen cult which led schools to prevent students from holding supernatural rituals. This teen interest in spiritualism still surfaces decades later on some radio programs. As dramatized by Takahisa Zeze, three schoolgirls, Mio (Ayumi Yamatsu), Hiroko (Hiroko Shimada), and Masami (Moe Ishikawa) listen to a teen DJ on the nightly "Bluebird" radio show which conjures up the spirit Kokkuri in seances. When Kokkuri foresees death for one of the three by the age of 17, it creates tensions among the impressionable trio, pitting the girls against each other and setting in motion a series of alarming events. Shown at the 1997 Venice Film Festival.

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cult, prediction, supernatural, radio-program, spiritualism