Marebito (2004 film)

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A fear-obsessed freelance cameraman investigates an urban legend involving mysterious spirits that haunt the subways of Tokyo.


  • Release Date: 2004
  • Country/Language: Japan, Japanese with English subtitles
  • Genres/Technical: Horror, Fantasy, Sci-fi
  • Runtime: 1 hr 32 min
  • Starring: Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Tomomi Miyashita, Kazuhiro Nakahara
  • Director: Takashi Shimizu
  • Writer: Chiaki Konaka (novel), Chiaki Konaka (screenplay)
  • Producer/Production Co: Adness K.K., AtEntertainment K.K., Culture Publishers (CP)
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • IMDb page: (link)
  • Wikipedia page (link)


MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: R (Violence, Profanity, Nudity, Adult Content)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • SS___ (Two Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian; could be a very loose adaptation)

The film, told from the point of view of an unreliable narrator, is about a legend describing a hidden civilization of alien ghouls existing just out of sight in a parallel world or dimension beyond reality. The setting of a key scene in the film is described as "The Mountains of Madness".

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.


Review Links:

  • David Nusair at Reel Film Reviews (0/4 Stars) (link) - "...Shimizu's ongoing efforts at establishing an ominous, sinister vibe fall completely flat, while the director's increased reliance on elements of an eye-rollingly surreal variety ... ensures that the movie grows more and more infuriating as it progresses."
  • John White at 10,000 Bullets (link) - "Marebito seems to have been formed out of equal parts Lovecraft and Edgar Rice Burrows. ... This does mean that it can feel a bit messy in places and the narrative is contemplative rather than tight, but it is truly intriguing.


 Spoiler Section (Highlight to Read)

A cameraman who is obsessed with fear brings a blood-drinking woman back from a nether world under Tokyo.


Comments, Trivia, Dedication

  • Marebito is an ancient Japanese word referring to a supernatural being who comes from afar bringing gifts of wisdom, spiritual knowledge and happiness.The word mare means "rare," while -bito (from the word hito) means both "person" and "spirit." The term refers to any one of a number of divine beings who were believed to visit villages in Japan, either from beyond the horizon or from beyond distant mountain ranges, bringing gifts. Villagers usually welcomed a marebito with rituals or festivals.

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