(1997) dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Atmospheric Japanese horror film cut from a similar cloth as Ringu (1998), though less successful, I would say. The narrative is a little more convoluted is maybe why I feel this way. It is interesting, though. A drifter wanders the streets, suggesting via simple hypnosis, inspiring people to kill in random acts of violence, leaving their victims scarred with a big “X” on their throats. There is a sort of random weirdness and earnest quality that makes for a fairly unsettling experience. But at the end, I was finding some of the explanation of everything to be a bit silly.