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Apartment 1303

Released on 17 September 2007

Featuring: Arata Furuta & Noriko Nakagoshi

Format: DVD | Rating: 18 years & over

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From The Team behind The Grudge...

When several young women mysteriously die after taking residence on the 13th floor of a beautiful apartment block, a series of terrible coincidences appears to have taken place.

But when the sister of one victim, investigates the previous tenants of Apartment 1303, she uncovers a shocking history filled with violence and gruesome physical torture, and an angry, malevolent spirit hell-bent on gaining vengeance for her own bloody demise.

Only she can stop the evil spirit that haunts Apartment 1303, but its anger is powerful and it will do anything possible to stop her leaving alive.

Apartment 1303 is a modern ghost story, borne out of a long tradition of chilling shock-cinema that includes The Grudge and The Ring. You'll never stay on the 13th floor again.
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 Even Scared Me

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Basically, this film is purely designed to scare you. And it does (at least it did with me). The story is just there to try and fill it out.

Like many people, I had all but given up on Japanese Horror (J-horror) as they seemed to milk the long hair and white outfit for all it was worth and after Ringu, Ju-On and possibly Dark Water, the "J-Horror" style became stale. That's why, when I bought this DVD, I didn't have high hopes for it. I basically bought it for something to watch only if there was nothing else on :)

As it was produced by the same team as the Ju-On film, you can clearly see the "influence" of the Ju-On film (i won't spoil it for you). There are also clear references to the Ringu phenomenon and Dark Water. I even spotted a reference to The Exorcist (that was cool - at least for me).

Because it was made by the "Ju-On crew", they seem to have got the art of camera angles and movement down to a tee. This cinematography adds emmensely to the overall effect of the scare factor.

There is a possiblility that because I had such low expectations for this film and that I had never even heard of it, I half expected it to be a mere 90mins of pointlessness and because of this, I never expected any of the scares that it gave me. In other words it took me by surprise.

The only reason I gave it 4 and not 5, is because of the continuing trend of "J-Horror" ghost imagery and sticking to "what works", otherwise I would've gave this full marks. And that's coming from someone who gave up on "J-Horror".


 Great Story, Average Horror

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This movie follows on the tradition of the Japanese and Korean horror scene, the spirit that is trapped in one place and will never be free till it gets its full revenge.
The story doesn't take long to get going, you're pretty much dropped right in at the deep end and from their the plot thickens. There's characters introduced along the way which get you thinking and wondering about what is causing these strange deaths.
The acting and directing are fairly standard, they do the job they need to do to get the film across but they don't stand out as being groundbreaking.
The horror is nothing special, if you're a fan of Asian horror and you've previously seen a lot of films then you probably won't find much to be scared about in this one. If you're a newbie to Asian horror then you'll probably be scared witless.

Overall: Apartment 1303 fails in the area it should be superior, horror. It doesn't have you jumping out of your seat nor does it have you hiding behind the covers. But the story is solid, it has many special parts and has quite a few good twists.
A good movie, well worth a watch


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APARTMENT 1303 is yet another J-Horror film from the team behind JU-ON THE GRUDGE.

From the outside, the Blue Palace Hiraoka looks a very nice place to live, a complex of apartments complete with outdoor swimming pool. Yet the building harbours a terrible and deadly secret emanating from Apartment 1303.

Several young women renting the room have jumped from the balcony to their deaths in apparent suicides. Official Police reports claim that they are satisfied with the verdict. Yet Mariko Midorigawa (NORIKO NAKAGOSHI), the younger sister of the latest victim Sayaka, is not so easily convinced and is determined to find answers. She soon enlists the help of the equally troubled Detective Sakurai (ARATA FURUTA) as they begin to unravel the mystery and uncover a disturbing connection between the apartment and former residents Sachiko Suguichi, an alcoholic, and her badly mistreated daughter, Yukiyo. Could they be the source of the evil, destructive presence still remaining in the hotel?

Potentially there is nothing too wrong with APARTMENT 1303 and there are a few genuinely creepy moments. At only 96 minutes long it is not overlong. Sadly, the malevolent spirit of the film is nothing new, as fans of J-Horror will only be too well aware, and as such some of the horror is diluted with no fresh material brought to the genre with this offering. The film often covers similar ground to previous horror titles such as DARK WATER and THE GRUDGE. At least the climax turns out rather unexpectedly, with a nice twist, although I believe the present Police officers would have simply broken down the apartment door instead of rushing back outside the building!

When the DVD inlay lists Special Features as English Subtitles and Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound, we know we are in trouble. Such is the case here, as only two APARTMENT 1303 trailers and four for other CINE ASIA films are included.

Many J-Horror fans will be disappointed with APARTMENT 1303 due to its lack of originality and see it as a missed opportunity, yet I am sure that casual viewers will find something to enjoy here.

 J-Horror Standard

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It has all you would have come to expect from the mainstream J-Horror (by that I mean Ring, Grudge etc). It seems slow to start, it has some surprising moments and the ending is sudden and perhaps a little confusing.

That doesn't make it a bad film though. Granted its unlikely you'll find anything surprising but its an entertaining watch, set once again in suburbia and based around a rather upset ghost. This story is about finding resolution and putting an end to the horrors inflicted upon those who enter this apartment. Again much is left to your imagination rather than give you full on gore, but it has enough moments to keep you watching, if only to find out just how it will all end.

A basic horror, but not bad

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ActorsArata Furuta & Noriko Nakagoshi
DirectorAtaru Oikawa
Certificate18 years and over
LanguagesJapanese - Dolby Digital (5.1)
Duration1 hour and 25 Minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.