History Film / DarkWater

2nd Mar '17 8:50:52 AM Mdumas43073
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'''''Dark Water''''' (aka ''Honogurai Mizu no Soko kara'', translating to "From Under the Murky Water") is a 2002 Japanese horror film directed by Hideo Nakata, best known for being the director of ''[[TheRing Ring]]'' and ''Ring 2''. The film is based on ''Floating Water'', [[AdaptationExpansion a short story]] by Koji Suzuki (who also wrote the ''Ring'' series of novels), from his horror anthology also titled ''Dark Water''. There is also a manga adaptation that holds little similarity to the film, although the apartment building is similar.

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'''''Dark Water''''' ''Dark Water'' (aka ''Honogurai Mizu no Soko kara'', translating to "From Under the Murky Water") is a 2002 Japanese horror film directed by Hideo Nakata, best known for being the director of ''[[TheRing Ring]]'' and ''Ring 2''. The film is based on ''Floating Water'', [[AdaptationExpansion a short story]] by Koji Suzuki (who also wrote the ''Ring'' series of novels), from his horror anthology also titled ''Dark Water''. There is also a manga adaptation that holds little similarity to the film, although the apartment building is similar.
27th Feb '17 1:08:48 AM TheAimz
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** Early on, Yoshimi finds a hair inside her glass of water. [[spoiler:It later turns out that there's a decomposing corpse in the apartment block's water tank, [[{{Squick}} and has been there for years]].]]

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** Early on, Yoshimi finds a hair inside her glass of water. [[spoiler:It later turns out that there's a decomposing corpse in the apartment block's water tank, [[{{Squick}} and has been there for years]].years.]]
27th Feb '17 1:07:55 AM TheAimz
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** For Mitsuko's father: your young child going missing, never to be seen again, is pretty much every parents' worst nightmare. [[spoiler:It later turns out she was ''far'' closer than anyone thought.]]



** The title screen [[spoiler: is actually Mitsuko's POV in the water tank]].
** Early on, Yoshimi finds a hair inside her glass of water. [[spoiler:It later turns out that there's a decomposing corpse in the apartment block's water tank, and has been there for years.]]

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** The title screen imagery during the opening credits [[spoiler: is actually Mitsuko's POV in the water tank]].
** Early on, Yoshimi finds a hair inside her glass of water. [[spoiler:It later turns out that there's a decomposing corpse in the apartment block's water tank, [[{{Squick}} and has been there for years.years]].]]
27th Feb '17 1:04:18 AM TheAimz
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** Your child going missing in a strange new environment, starts acting strangely, falls ill for no reason, and shortly after seems to be targeted by someone or something that means them harm.

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** Your child going goes missing in a strange new environment, starts acting strangely, falls ill for no reason, and shortly after seems to be targeted by someone or something that means them harm.



** Yoshimi gets another one earlier on when she finally pieces together the truth at the end: [[spoiler:the date the water tank was last cleaned is the exact same date as when Mitsuko was last seen alive.]]



* PsychologicalHorror

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* PsychologicalHorrorPsychologicalHorror: Both the Japanese and US versions, with the former being more overtly supernatural as well. The latter plays up the psychological aspects more by leaving it [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane ambiguous as to whether there really is a haunting or not]].
9th Jan '17 8:09:38 AM TheAimz
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* WhamShot: Towards the end, [[HopeSpot when everything seems to be back to normal]], Yoshimi gets Ikuko's school bag to prepare for the following day... [[spoiler:only to find the red bag inside it.]]
** Yoshimi, desperately trying to escape in the elevator with a half-drowned Ikuko, can only watch in terror as the apartment door slowly creaks open... [[spoiler:and out steps... Ikuko?]] [[OhCrap This is immediately followed by Yoshimi slowly and fearfully turning around]] and witnessing [[spoiler:the rotted visage of Mitsuko lunging straight at her.]]
9th Jan '17 8:02:33 AM TheAimz
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* FacialHorror: [[spoiler: ''Mitsuko''. When her face is finally revealed, it is horribly rotted from years spent decomposing in the water tank.]]


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* NightmareFace: [[spoiler: ''Mitsuko''. When her face is finally revealed, it is horribly rotted from years spent decomposing in the water tank.]]
9th Jan '17 8:02:03 AM TheAimz
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* FacialHorror: ''Mitsuko''.

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* FacialHorror: ''Mitsuko''.[[spoiler: ''Mitsuko''. When her face is finally revealed, it is horribly rotted from years spent decomposing in the water tank.]]
9th Jan '17 8:01:08 AM TheAimz
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** Early on, Yoshimi finds a hair inside her glass of water. [[spoiler:It later turns out that there's a decomposing corpse in the apartment block's water tank, and has been there for years.]]
9th Jan '17 7:46:11 AM TheAimz
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* AmbiguousSituation: In the US version, Dahlia believes that her ex, Kyle, is harassing her. Whether he actually is, or if Dahlia is merely paranoid, is left vague.


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* NiceGuy: Yoshimi's lawyer, Kishida. He instantly decides to help Yoshimi win the custody battle upon witnessing her [[FreakOut break down]], and tries to help her until the very end.
9th Jan '17 7:38:20 AM TheAimz
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!'''This film contains examples of:'''

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!'''This film contains and its remake contain examples of:'''



* AdultFear: The fear of losing a child.

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* AdultFear: All over the place:
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The fear very real possibility that your unpleasant, possibly [[DomesticAbuser abu]][[AbusiveParents sive]] ex gets sole custody of losing your only child.
** Your child going missing in
a child.strange new environment, starts acting strangely, falls ill for no reason, and shortly after seems to be targeted by someone or something that means them harm.
* AlienGeometries: A subtle example occurs during the original's DistantFinale. [[spoiler:The apartment block is now abandoned and has fallen into severe disrepair, but Ikuko's old apartment is just as clean and pristine as it was before Yoshimi's death.]]



* CassandraTruth: When Yoshimi becomes convinced that she and Ikuko are being haunted, her fears are met with skepticism. Following a few logical explanations for the strange things she has experienced, she starts to hope that maybe everything is normal after all. [[FromBadToWorse It isn't]].

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* CassandraTruth: When Yoshimi becomes convinced that she and Ikuko are being haunted, her fears are met with skepticism.scepticism. Following a few logical explanations for the strange things she has experienced, she starts to hope that maybe everything is normal after all. [[FromBadToWorse It isn't]].



* DistantFinale: In the Japanese version.

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* DistantFinale: In the Japanese version.version, [[spoiler:following Yoshimi's HeroicSacrifice, the film moves forward ten years to show a now 16-year-old Ikuko revisiting her old apartment, and encountering her mother's spirit.]]



* GhostlyGoals

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* GhostlyGoalsGhostlyGoals: [[spoiler:Mitsuko only wants a new mother figure, to make up for the fact that her birth mother was neglectful... and she ''doesn't'' want to share her affections with Ikuko.]]



* HopeSpot: [[spoiler: The mystery behind the Kawai's old apartment is uncovered, and Kishida manages to find some logical explanations for the strange events Yoshimi has experienced, ultimately convincing her to not move out, at least until the custody battle is over. The "hauntings" have stopped, and everything seems okay. Then Mitsuko's red bag suddenly reappears...]]



** Both [[CrustyCaretaker Kamiya and Veeck]].

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** Both [[CrustyCaretaker Kamiya and Veeck]]. They're [[GrumpyOldMan grumpy]], extremely disdainful of Yoshimi and Dahlia's concerns, and are unwilling to do their jobs properly. Also, in Veeck's case, [[spoiler:he ''knew'' about Natasha's decomposing corpse in the water tank, but decided to leave it in there because "it wasn't his job".]]



* LeaveTheCameraRunning: [[spoiler:When Ikuko returns to the apartment as a teenager, the camera stays on a single steadycam shot from the moment she enters the apartment up until she sees Yoshimi's ghost.]]

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* LeaveTheCameraRunning: [[spoiler:When Ikuko returns to the apartment as a teenager, the camera stays on a single steadycam shot from the moment she enters the apartment up until she sees Yoshimi's ghost.]]



* NothingIsScarier

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* NothingIsScarierNothingIsScarier: A good amount of both films run on this.



* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Ikuko is usually called Ik-chan by her mother. Cecilia is usually referred to as Ceci.

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* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Ikuko is usually called Ik-chan Iku-chan by her mother. Cecilia is usually referred to as Ceci.



* ParentalSubstitute: [[spoiler: Yoshimi and Dahlia find themselves forced to assume this role to Mitsuko and Natasha.]]



* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Mitsuko.

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* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Mitsuko. [[spoiler:She was neglected by her mother, and meets a tragic end by drowning. She then has her spirit bound to the apartment block, with her sole goal to find a new mother figure.]]
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