'''''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.

The film was [[ForeignRemake remade in the United States]] in 2005, under the same title.

The film follows Yoshimi Matsubara, who is in the midst of a messy custody battle with her (highly unpleasant) ex-husband, Kunio Hamada, over their young daughter, Ikuko. Desperate to prove herself to be a fit parent to Ikuko, she moves herself and Ikuko into their own place, which happens to be an apartment held in a run-down old building. The building is somewhat eerie, but it suits Yoshimi just fine, for the time being. However, shortly after moving in, she notices that the ceiling of their apartment has a sinister and inexplicable damp patch, which continues to expand day by day. In the midst of Yoshimi finding a new job and Ikuko starting a new school, many strange and frightening events occur, several of which involve the mysterious appearance (and subsequent re-appearances) of a child's red bag. Eventually, Yoshimi discovers the horrifying truth behind these events, and realises that she and her daughter are in grave danger from the supernatural force permeating the apartment block.

Not to be confused with the animated TV series ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesOfDarkWater''.
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!'''This film and its remake contain examples of:'''

* AbusiveParents: A recurring theme.
** In the original, Yoshimi claims that Kunio has never been interested in Ikuko, not even bothering to remember her birthday. Also, Yoshimi's own mother - as well as Mitsuko's - both completely neglected their children.
** In the remake, Dahlia makes similar claims about Kyle, but whether the claims are true or not is never expanded upon. Both of Dahlia's parents were abusive - her father physically, her mother emotionally - and both of Natasha's parents abandoned her.
* AdultFear: All over the place:
** The very real possibility that your unpleasant, possibly [[DomesticAbuser abu]][[AbusiveParents sive]] ex gets sole custody of your only child.
** 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.
* 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.]]
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R427IZi-ieY The Japanese release of the American remake has a different theme song]].
* 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.
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler: Arguably Yoshimi's fate. She sacrifices herself to save Ikuko's life, but, as a consequence, has her spirit bound to her apartment, forced to be a mother to the same spirit who repeatedly tried to kill her daughter.]]
* AntiVillain: Mitsuko/Natasha may be a spiteful, malevolent ghost, but all she wants is [[spoiler:a mother]].
* ArtifactOfDoom: The red bag (a pink HelloKitty bag in the remake). Well, more like "Artifact of Dread", but, still.
* BittersweetEnding:
** In the original: [[spoiler:Yoshimi chooses to stay with Mitsuko and be a mother to her - [[HeroicSacrifice which involves her dying]] - so Ikuko can live. Years later, a now 16-year-old Ikuko returns to her old apartment and is briefly reunited with Yoshimi's ghost. Thanks to Mitsuko's intervention, it doesn't last, but Ikuko is left secure in the knowledge that her mother has been protecting her and will always love her.]]
** In the remake: [[spoiler:Similar to the original, Dahlia chooses to stay - and die - with Natasha so Ceci can live. Three weeks later, Ceci, along with her father, are preparing to move in together. Ceci silently cries over the loss of her mother, but, just before leaving the building, she is apparently visited by Dahlia's spirit, who braids her hair and tells her how much she loves her before disappearing.]]
* BreakTheCutie: That is, break ''all'' the cuties. Yoshimi herself comes [[BrokenBird pre-broken]], having suffered a mental breakdown several years prior to the events of the film. Her not-so-pleasant childhood doesn't help matters.
* BrokenBird: Yoshimi and Dahlia.
* CassandraTruth: When Yoshimi becomes convinced that she and Ikuko are being haunted, her fears are met with 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]].
* ChekhovsGun: The water tank in both versions.
* ChekhovsSkill: In the remake, [[spoiler:the way Dahlia braids Ceci's hair.]]
* ClingyMacguffin: The red bag. Yoshimi tries numerous times to get rid of it, but it ''always'' shows up again.
* CreepyChild: Mitsuko and Natasha, big time. Also, Ikuko, usually the epitome of cuteness, has a couple of moments like this, such as the scene where [[spoiler:she slowly starts to open the red bag, as if possessed, with an ''unbelievably'' creepy expression on her face.]]
* CreepyDoll: There's a few of them in Natasha's room.
* CrustyCaretaker: Present in both, but taken up to [[{{Jerkass}} eleven]] in the American remake.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Veeck is apparently engaging in a little... alone time whilst watching porn in his apartment before Dahlia interrupts him.
* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler:Yoshimi survives ''Floating Water'', but dies in a HeroicSacrifice in the film.]]
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The flashbacks to Yoshimi's childhood, as well as those showing Mitsuko's final hours, are saturated with yellow.
* DistantFinale: In the Japanese 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.]]
* TheFaceless: Mituko's face is usually partially (sometimes completely) hidden or obscured throughout the movie (it's even difficult to make out in her "missing person" poster) - at least, until [[spoiler:the climactic elevator scene]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}: A subtle example. The puddle of water in the elevator seems inconspicuous at first - until Mitsuko's ghost shows up standing in the same spot during the first visit to the building, and later when Yoshimi is looking for her missing daughter. Flashbacks show that [[spoiler:Mitsuko stood in the same spot during her final hours.]]
** 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.]]
* GainaxEnding: The remake. [[spoiler:Is the haunting real, is Dahlia just losing her mind - or both? ]]
* GhostlyGoals: [[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.]]
* GreenEyedMonster: [[spoiler:Mitsuko/Natasha wants Yoshimi/Dahlia to be her mother... but she does ''not'' want to share her. Her solution? Repeatedly try to kill Ikuko/Ceci.]]
* GrumpyOldMan: Kamiya has shades of this. His remake counterpart, Veeck, is even grumpier and even more of a jerk.
* HauntedHouse: The entire apartment complex [[spoiler:feels Mitsuko's influence]], but Yoshimi's apartment suffers from it most of all.
* HazardousWater: Well, yes.
* 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...]]
* InfantImmortality: Averted in the case of Mitsuko and Natasha. [[spoiler:Played straight with Ikuko and Ceci.]]
* IronicNurseryRhyme: "Itsy Bitsy Spider" in the remake.
* {{Jerkass}}: Kunio is ''not'' a pleasant man. Not only is he is apparently neglectful towards Ikuko, he uses extremely dirty tactics in his and Yoshimi's custody battle - such as exaggerating everything she does and bringing up psychological problems she suffered with and got over ''years'' before she married him!
** 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".]]
* JumpScare: A few, but [[spoiler:Mitsuko denting the water tank from inside]] is a particularly notable example. [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil Shame the trailer spoils it]].
** In the remake, when Dahlia discovers Natasha's corpse, she sees the latter's eyes suddenly open for a split second.
* LeaveTheCameraRunning: [[spoiler:When Ikuko returns to the apartment as a teenager, the camera stays on a single shot from the moment she enters the apartment up until she sees Yoshimi's ghost.]]
* MamaBear: Yoshimi and Dahlia.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: The original short story, ''Floating Water'', isn't entirely clear if there is a haunting at all, or if it is all in Yoshimi's mind - however, the ending suggests it is the latter. [[spoiler: In the Japanese film, it's almost definitely a real haunting. The US remake, however, makes a point of being much more [[MindScrew vague]].]]
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: When Yoshimi finds Ikuko wandering in a daze in the Kawai's flooded apartment, Mitsuko's shadow is cast on the wall for a few seconds. Later, during the DistantFinale, [[spoiler:Mitsuko appears behind Ikuko, glaring at her.]]
* MindScrew: The American remake [[spoiler:is [[EpilepticTrees incredibly vague]] on whether it was all in Dahlia's mind, or a true haunting. [[GainaxEnding Or both]]]]. It is also vague as to whether Kyle really is harassing her or not.
* NeverTrustATrailer: While the American remake makes a point of differentiating itself from ''Film/TheRing'' and ''Film/TheGrudge'' by downplaying the overt horror elements of the original and becoming more of a character study / dramatic psychological thriller with a focus on paranoia and atmosphere over scares, the trailers used scenes not in the movie, misplaced dialogue, and quick-cut editing to represent it as a generic teen-horror shocker.
* 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.
* NightmareFace: [[spoiler: ''Mitsuko''. When her face is finally revealed, it is horribly rotted from years spent decomposing in the water tank.]]
* NothingIsScarier: A good amount of both films run on this.
* OhCrap: [[spoiler:Yoshimi towards the end. If Ikuko is in the hallway... then ''who is in the elevator with her''? It's Black Water Mitsuko...]]
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Ikuko is usually called Iku-chan by her mother. Cecilia is usually referred to as Ceci.
* ParentalAbandonment: Yoshimi was abandoned by her mother at a young age. The same thing happened to Mitsuko. [[spoiler:It's pretty obvious why Yoshimi feels some empathy for the little ghost.]]
* ParentalSubstitute: [[spoiler: Yoshimi and Dahlia find themselves forced to assume this role to Mitsuko and Natasha.]]
* ProductPlacement: HelloKitty and {{Franchise/Barbie}} in the remake.
* PsychologicalHorror
* ShoutOut: The scene in which [[spoiler:vast amounts of water crash out of the elevator]] is a reference to the scene with [[spoiler:blood emerging from the elevator]] in the film version of ''Film/TheShining''.
* SlasherSmile: May or may not be intentional, but the smile on Ikuko's face when she first discovers the red bag is horribly unsettling. Much later, when she starts to open the bag, her smile manages to be even creepier. The way she is smiling in both of these scenes, the way the scenes are filmed and the accompanying creepy music score [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation seem to imply that she may be supernaturally compelled]] to pick up and open the bag.
* SmugSmiler: Yoshimi's ex, Kunio.
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: [[spoiler:The remake. Possibly.]] Possibly the original short story.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The [[JumpScare big scare]] involving [[spoiler:the water tank]] in the original.
* 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.]]
* 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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