History Film / OneMissedCall

19th Jul '16 2:39:08 PM res20stupid
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* ATasteOfTheirOwnMedicine: [[spoiler: Sinyishi]] forwards his death message to one of the {{JapaneseDelinquents}} who killed [[spoiler: his friend Aikake]] by preventing him from reaching his phone.

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* ATasteOfTheirOwnMedicine: [[spoiler: Sinyishi]] forwards his death message to one of the {{JapaneseDelinquents}} JapaneseDelinquents who killed [[spoiler: his friend Aikake]] by preventing him from reaching his phone.
19th Jul '16 1:59:39 PM res20stupid
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* ATasteOfTheirOwnMedicine: [[spoiler: Sinyishi]] forwards his death message to one of the {{JapaneseDelinquents}} who killed [[spoiler: his friend Aikake]] by preventing him from reaching his phone.
18th Jan '16 5:04:04 PM Dimas28
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* AssholeVictim: The male teacher from the third film. [[{{Jerkass}} He confiscated all of the students' phones]], [[DirtyCoward just to protect himself from being texted against.]] You almost spectate for Mimiko when [[spoiler: a student is lucky enough to hide her phone and text him, inciting a horrific case of BeatStillMyHeart.]]

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* AngstySurvivingTwin: Takako's twin sister answered the death call and died just days later. This fueled Takako's decision to become a detective and be able to end the curse.
* AssholeVictim: The male teacher from the third film. [[{{Jerkass}} He confiscated confiscates all of the students' phones]], [[DirtyCoward just to protect himself from being texted against.]] You almost spectate for Mimiko when [[spoiler: a student is lucky enough to hide her phone and text him, inciting a horrific case of BeatStillMyHeart.]]



* BittersweetEnding: The ending of the third (and final) film. [[spoiler: While the flow of the curse is finally stopped, it still resides in the last phone it invaded: Emiri's. Jin-wo snatches the phone and dies in Emiri's place. This leads to Emiri's catatonia. However, Emiri and Asuka have mended their relationship and it's implied that Asuka has become Emiri's caretaker. Plus, they manage to visit the beach like they have promised years before.]]
* {{Bishonen}}: Jin-wo in the third film. Look at how Emiri's friends start gawking at ''his photo'' near the beginning of the film. He ''is'' played by the very pretty Jang Keun-suk ([[RetroactiveRecognition in one of his first lead film roles]]).



** Then there's some of the deaths featured in the third film, including: [[spoiler: strangled by electric cords, mutilated by laundry machine, literally ripping '''your heart''' out...]]

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** Then there's some of the deaths featured in the third film, including: [[spoiler: strangled by electric cords, mutilated by laundry machine, literally ripping '''your heart''' out...having ''your heart'' ripped off.]]



** Mimiko and Nanako only lived with their mother; a father figure is never mentioned. In the sequel, it's revealed [[spoiler: Mimiko's father was a lunatic who was killed by her grandfather.]] That still leaves the identity [[spoiler: Nanako]]'s father unanswered.

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** Mimiko and Nanako only lived with their mother; a father figure is never mentioned. In the sequel, it's revealed that [[spoiler: Mimiko's father was a lunatic who was killed by her grandfather.]] That still leaves the identity of [[spoiler: Nanako]]'s father unanswered.



* DownerEnding: The second film, as well as the US remake.
** [[spoiler: In the second film, the only surviving protagonist is Kyoko; Naoto sacrifices himself for Kyoko's sake, while Takako has been killed by Mimiko back in the mines after unknowingly receiving the cursed call, followed by Mimiko using her body to kill Yuting in his apartment. Takako doesn't realize this until she discovers Yuting's corpse. Oh, and the curse is still ''very'' active, considering that there's two branches of the curse out there...]]
** [[spoiler: In the US remake, Jack is killed, and though Beth survives the ordeal thanks to Marie's intervention, it is unknown whether she's really safe, since Jack's phone then begins to dial a number...]]



* DumbStruck: [[spoiler: Emiri undergoes this after Jin-wo sacrifices himself to save her in the third film. It's implied to be permanent.]]



* TheFilmOfTheBook: The series originally started as a novel, which was adapted to a film. It eventually received two sequels, all under the supervision of the novel's writer (Yasushi Akimoto).



* [[GratuitousForeignLanguage Gratuitous Mandarin]]: Being set in Taiwan, the first sequel has some dialogue conducted in Mandarin, though since most of the actors are still Japanese, they aren't quite on-the-spot. To her defense, Takako does say that she's only conversant in Mandarin and would rather speak Japanese had her interlocutors could speak the latter.



** Repeated again in the second sequel, with [[spoiler: Jin-wo. Even after stopping Mimiko from marking more victims, all curses that are still active cannot be undone, and this includes Emiri's. Jin-wo then snatches her phone and dies in the most TearJerker way possible.]]
* HollywoodHacking: The infamous destroying-a-computer-by-overloading-it-with-mails from the third film, is....to say the least, [[{{Understatement}} not quite right.]] You can't just put an end to a computer's life by overloading its inbox; otherwise, countries with sufficient population could have hacked into a government's computer using the same way a long time ago.



* {{Matricide}}: [[spoiler: Yumi's mom is implied to have a hand in causing her mother (Yumi's grandma)'s suicide.]]
** [[spoiler: And Mimiko herself is this post-mortem, since her mother Marie is revealed to be the curse's first victim. The US remake also follows this.]]



* ReformedButRejected: In the US remake, Beth's mother has realized her past actions and repeatedly attempts to reconcile with Beth, as shown by the letters with crosses Beth found on her doorstep everyday. Beth vehemently rejects, rips apart, and throws them away. [[spoiler: Beth seems to have gotten easier of them once her curse is (apparently) lifted, as she takes one of the letters after she returns home.]]



* ShownTheirWork: Viewers might snark a little when Takako questions an old Taiwanese woman who lived in Li Li's village whether she could speak Japanese as a way for the film to do away with speaking Mandarin. This isn't far-fetched; Taiwan ''was'' [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwan_under_Japanese_rule under Japanese rule for 50 years]], in which Japanese became the sole language for education, and well, we all know how nationalistic and aggresive Imperial Japan was in regard to indigenous cultures (just ask Korea). If anything, most of the elderly generations left ''cannot'' speak Mandarin well (it having only been introduced when the Kuomintang moved to Taiwan after the Communist takeover) and can only speak Japanese and Taiwanese Hokkien.

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* ShownTheirWork: Viewers might snark a little when Takako questions an old Taiwanese woman who lived in Li Li's village whether she could speak Japanese (she could) as a way for the film to do away with speaking Mandarin. This isn't far-fetched; Taiwan ''was'' [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwan_under_Japanese_rule under Japanese rule for 50 years]], in which Japanese became the sole language for education, and well, we all know how nationalistic and aggresive Imperial Japan was in regard to indigenous cultures (just ask Korea). If anything, most of the elderly generations left ''cannot'' speak Mandarin well (it having only been introduced when the Kuomintang moved to Taiwan after the Communist takeover) and can only speak Japanese and Taiwanese Hokkien.


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* TheSpeechless: Jin-wo in the third film. Yet he's somehow could understand Japanese just by reading the lips. [[spoiler: His girlfriend, Emiri, also becomes this after he sacrifices himself for her. It's not quite this though (see DumbStruck above), since she ''could'' hear, but not speak.]]
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: In the second film, Takako and Motomiya discuss about the events of the previous year and, in the process, recount that Yamashita (one of the previous film's protagonists) had died under the hands of the Mimiko-possessed Yumi. [[spoiler: Yumi herself is eventually told to be this; her corpse is found while Takako and co. are still in Taiwan. Motomiya, too, if the Japanese detectives who tell Takako are to be believed.]]


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* UnderstandingBoyfriend: In the second film, Naoto to Kyoko. In the third, Jin-wo to Emiri.
18th Jan '16 8:43:28 AM Dimas28
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** There is also Yumi/Beth themselves. Their mother is physically and emotionally abusive (they freaking ''put their cigarette on their daughter's hand'') and is implied to have a hand in [[spoiler: forcing their mother/husband to commit suicide.]]


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* AssholeVictim: The male teacher from the third film. [[{{Jerkass}} He confiscated all of the students' phones]], [[DirtyCoward just to protect himself from being texted against.]] You almost spectate for Mimiko when [[spoiler: a student is lucky enough to hide her phone and text him, inciting a horrific case of BeatStillMyHeart.]]


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* BeatStillMyHeart: [[spoiler: The {{Jerkass}} teacher from the third film suffers this.]]
* BigBad: [[spoiler: Mimiko]] in the first and third films. [[spoiler: Li Li]] in the second film.


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** Then there's some of the deaths featured in the third film, including: [[spoiler: strangled by electric cords, mutilated by laundry machine, literally ripping '''your heart''' out...]]


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* DisappearedDad: Yumi mentions that her father was hardly at home, which allowed her mother to do all kinds of horrific abuses to her. She could only find solace in her grandmother, [[spoiler: who eventually committed suicide.]] In the US remake, Beth's father ''was'' there for her, [[spoiler: until his suicide.]]
** Mimiko and Nanako only lived with their mother; a father figure is never mentioned. In the sequel, it's revealed [[spoiler: Mimiko's father was a lunatic who was killed by her grandfather.]] That still leaves the identity [[spoiler: Nanako]]'s father unanswered.


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* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Yumi/Beth's grandmother/father. It's implied that their abusive mothers drove them to do that.]]
**In the third film, [[spoiler: Mimiko wants Asuka to commit this. It's ultimately subverted, thanks to Emiri's intervention.]]


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* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: Asuka and Emiri's relationship comes across very much as this. Complete with their "breakup" when Emiri distanced herself and allowed Asuka to be bullied, and reconciling at the end, [[spoiler: even with Emiri's catatonic state.]]
* SequelGoesForeign: Foreign if you're living in Japan, that is. The first sequel moves the plot to Taiwan, while the second takes the characters to South Korea.


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* ShownTheirWork: Viewers might snark a little when Takako questions an old Taiwanese woman who lived in Li Li's village whether she could speak Japanese as a way for the film to do away with speaking Mandarin. This isn't far-fetched; Taiwan ''was'' [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwan_under_Japanese_rule under Japanese rule for 50 years]], in which Japanese became the sole language for education, and well, we all know how nationalistic and aggresive Imperial Japan was in regard to indigenous cultures (just ask Korea). If anything, most of the elderly generations left ''cannot'' speak Mandarin well (it having only been introduced when the Kuomintang moved to Taiwan after the Communist takeover) and can only speak Japanese and Taiwanese Hokkien.
1st Jan '16 12:28:43 PM Exxolon
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One Missed Call (着信アリ) is a Japanese horror franchise that began with the Yasushi Akimoto novel ''Chakushin Ari'', written simultaneously with a film version which was Creator/TakashiMiike's romp into commercial horror. The story centers on Yumi, a college student whose friends begin to receive mysterious voicemails, announced by a creepy children's song. The only one who believes her friend's deaths aren't suicides (at first) is a young policeman named Yamashita, whose sister also received the Call of Death.

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\nOne '''''One Missed Call Call''''' (着信アリ) is a Japanese horror franchise that began with the Yasushi Akimoto novel ''Chakushin Ari'', written simultaneously with a film version which was Creator/TakashiMiike's romp into commercial horror. The story centers on Yumi, a college student whose friends begin to receive mysterious voicemails, announced by a creepy children's song. The only one who believes her friend's deaths aren't suicides (at first) is a young policeman named Yamashita, whose sister also received the Call of Death.
23rd Nov '15 2:50:48 PM Jackie-Chaos-Bunny
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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Naoto]] in the first sequel. [[spoiler: Just as his girlfriend Kyoko is about to be killed by Li Li, he managed to get to Kyoko's cell phone and answer it, so he will die instead of her.]]

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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Naoto]] in the first sequel. [[spoiler: Just as his girlfriend Kyoko is about to be killed by Li Li, he managed manages to get to Kyoko's cell phone and answer it, so he will die instead of her.]]
23rd Nov '15 2:49:58 PM Jackie-Chaos-Bunny
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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Naoto]] in the first sequel. [[spoiler: Just as his girlfriend Kyoko is about to be killed by Li Li, he managed to get to Kyoko's cell phone and answer it, so he will die instead of her.]]
19th Oct '15 8:23:46 PM VenomLancerHae
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** Debatable in the remake. As in the original, [[spoiler:Ellie still comes for Beth even after her scheduled death has passed, but she's apparently stopped by the spirit of her mother. But then the movie ends with Beth's phone ringing ominously...]]
19th Oct '15 2:27:35 PM UFAlien
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* AdaptationInducedPlotHole: The remake. The ending, which is quite different from the original's, breaks the established rules of the film and curse in more ways than one and quite blatantly (whereas the original only sort of "stretched" them).
19th Oct '15 2:23:23 PM UFAlien
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** Although she's not evil, the remake does its best to make Laurel, [[spoiler:the little sister of the killer ghost]], as creepy as possible.
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