Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Video Backlog: "Kakurenbo (Hide & Seek)"

Publisher: U.S. Manga Corps (Central Park Media, USA)
Format: Region 1 DVD, NTSC, Japanese Dialogue with optional English Dub and English Subtitles
Length: 25 minutes
Production Date: 2004
Currently in Print (as of writing): No

Story Outline: In a practically abandoned part of Tokyo, seemingly part of another dimension, children are rumoured to play a game called "Otokoyo", a game of hide and seek. However it is also rumoured that demons sometime take away those children who dare to play. Those who wish to play arrive at the gate of the abandoned town at night in traditional fox masks. The game requires seven children to play, however eight show up. The game starts, however the children soon discover that the demons are real and that escape is practically impossible.

Mini Review: This is a one off short film made with cel shaded CGI. It certainly works a lot better than films like “Appleseed” or “Vexile”. This is probably because of the small scope of the film and the fact you can’t see the kid’s faces due to the masks they’re wearing. God the sing-song traditional Japanese hide and seek call is really creepy. Prefect for horror. For the most part, this short was quite fun and had quite a good story. 6.5 out of 10.

Remaining Backlog: 21 months (it's much easier this way than listing the number of discs).

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