Directed by Michio Yamamoto, whom also directed the other two entries in the trilogy).
Just watched this. I thought it was...interesting, despite having some tedious moments. I really think a few shots, and revelations throughout the film make it. I can easily reccomend it to anyone that really likes atmospheric horror films.
I liked a lot of the early shots with Yuko and Sagawa standing in the field at night. I also liked some of the stylistic choices, such as the way Yuko physically looks, and things like the brief flashback sequence, as well as the zoom in on Hiroshi’s eyes at the end with the climax. I think the film really nails isolation, and does an interesting job with having a real mystery.
What I did not like, is some of the tedious repition, with the protagonists fighting Gen multiple times, and a “back and forth” between leaving and entering the estate.
Anyways, I do think the finale makes the film, so if you haven’t seen it and might be interested, don’t read ahead:
My only issue is how convoluted the whole “hypnosis thing is”. I mean it’s a horror movie so I can suspend my disbelief, but it feels weird the film didn’t want to be a vampire film, only for it to still have a supernatural (or at least psyedoscientifc) element