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Sadako VS Kayako (2016) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Ando Masanobu (Actor) | Yamamoto Mizuki (Actor) | Tamashiro Tina (Actor) | Shiraishi Koji (Director)
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The two most iconic franchises of J-Horror – Ring and Ju-on: The Grudge – cross over in the 2016 horror Sadako vs. Kayako! Directed by horror-meister Shiraishi Koji (Grotesque), the film pits the two legendary vengeful long-haired ghosts, Ring's Sadako and Ju-on's Kayako, against each other in an epic battle of campy scares.

Friends Yuri (Yamamoto Mizuki, The Kirishima Thing) and Natsumi (Satsukawa Aimi, Hime-Anole) purchase a second-hand VHS player, but find that there is already a video cassette inside. Natsumi watches the old VHS, which turns out to be none other than the notorious Sadako tape. Yuri tries everything she can to save Natsumi, going as far as to watch the tape herself, but her efforts are to no avail. Psychic Tokiwa (Ando Masanobu) tells her that the only way to beat Sadako is with another powerful ghost. Elsewhere in town, high school girl Suzuka (Tamashiro Tina, Wolf Girl and Black Prince) has recently moved into the neighborhood of the infamous haunted house of Kayako and her son Toshi. Suzuka enters the house, but manages to escape with Tokiwa's help. At Tokiwa's suggestion, the two cursed girls decide to team up and draw out Sadako and Kayako to fight each other.

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Product Title: Sadako VS Kayako (2016) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 貞子vs伽椰子 (2016) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 贞子vs伽椰子 (2016) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 貞子vs伽椰子 Sadako VS Kayako (2016) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Ando Masanobu (Actor) | Yamamoto Mizuki (Actor) | Tamashiro Tina (Actor) 安藤政信 (Actor) | 山本美月 (Actor) | 玉城蒂娜 (Actor) 安藤政信 (Actor) | 山本美月 (Actor) | 玉城蒂娜 (Actor) 安藤政信 (Actor) | 山本美月 (Actor) | 玉城ティナ (Actor) Ando Masanobu (Actor) | Yamamoto Mizuki (Actor) | Tamashiro Tina (Actor)
Director: Shiraishi Koji 白石晃士 白石晃士 白石晃士 Shiraishi Koji
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2016-12-13
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Rating: IIB
Publisher: Intercontinental Video (HK)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1055388376

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To convert an old wedding video to DVD for her friend Natsumi, university student Yuri (Mizuki Yamamoto) buys a second hand video player with a mysterious tape in it. The legendary ghost Sadako appears short after the tape is played and curses Natsumi to death, Yuri will be the next victim! Meanwhile, after moving to her new home, high school student Suzuka (Tina Tamashiro) can feel something wrong with the house nearby, which is found out to be the lair of Kayako, Suzuka and her family are in danger! Tonight, psychic Keizo (Masanobu Ando) must destroy the two evil queens with one stroke….
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Horror vs. Comedy
First teased as an April Fool's joke in 2015, the crossover of the two iconic franchises of J-Horror – Ring and Ju-on: The Grudge – came true in Sadako vs. Kayako. A number of follow-ups, remakes and copycats have been inspired by the two well-known ghost series, but none are as successful as the originals. Poking fun at the overdone rigid storyline, horror master Shiraishi Koji (Grotesque) innovatively creates a battlefield for the two invincible ghosts in his horror/comedy mashup.

The story starts with friends Yuri (Yamamoto Mizuki, The Kirishima Thing) and Natsumi (Satsukawa Aimi, Hime-Anole) discovering a dusty video cassette inside a second-hand VHS player. Natsumi watches the entire footage and learns that it is the ill-omened tape of Sadako. The girls seek help from urban legend enthusiast Professor Morishige (Komoto Masahiro, Everest: The Summit of the Gods), and are taken to an exorcist who ends up getting killed by Sadako. Meanwhile, high school girl Suzuka (Tamashiro Tina, Wolf Girl and Black Prince) and her family are haunted by another powerful spirit, Kayako, and her son Toshi. To save the cursed girls, psychic Tokiwa Keizo (Ando Masanobu, Sailor Suit and Machine Gun: Graduation) comes up with a drastic solution: pitting the two spirits against each other.

While retaining the spine-chilling mood with classic scenes based on Ring and Ju-on: The Grudge, the spin-off ensures plenty of laughs thanks to its humorous and innovative plot. Having Sadako and Kayako fight each other is an incredibly amazing idea. However, the story spends too much time on how the girls get cursed and the battle between the ghosts only lasts for about ten minutes. Sadako obviously upgrades her power in this version; apart from cursing those who watch her videotape, she can also possess people and drastically shorten the length of the curse from seven days to two days. On the contrary, Kayako and Toshio are more or less the same as their former versions.

Three entertaining characters with supernatural powers are brought to this film: psychic Tokiwa Keizo, his arrogant blind sidekick Tamao and exorcist Horyu. Though they act like swindlers because of their unconvincing incantations and spell-casting movements, they all have the power to contact the spiritual world and reveal ghosts. These kinds of characters are rarely seen in previous installments of the series. Funny references to Harry Potter spells also help boost the comedic effect.

Though Sadako vs. Kayako was criticized for its misleading title, absurd plot and ridiculous characters, the film's outlandish quality is its appeal. Shiraishi strikes a perfect balance between horror and comedy for a new take on J-Horror. The movie's whimsical sense of humor even extends to its marketing, with hilarious promotions that feature Sadako and Kayako in scenarios like a baseball match and a political TV show, and commercial goodies like cup-clinging figures and face masks.

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