Kimika Yoshino .... Misa Kuroi
Miho Kanno .... Mizuki Kurahashi
Shu-Ma .... Kenichi Shindou
Naozumi Takahashi .... Takayuki Mizuno
Ryôka Yuzuki .... Kazumi Tanaka (as Kanori Kadomatsu)
Mio Takaki .... Kyoko Shirai
Miki Shibata .... Chie Watanabe
Juri Maezono .... Yuka Ozawa
Tatsuki Hirabayashi .... Yuta Ikeno
Yûta Okusawa .... Nobuhiro Abe
Kaori Orihara .... Reiko Matsumoto
Shuhei Minami .... Kei Takada
Miho Tamura .... Maki Yoshida
Takeshi Sudô .... Kengo Kimura
Mika Hirayama .... Kana Nakamura
With my knowledge of Japanese horror movies limited to the 'Ringu' and Takashi
Miike's 'Audition', I caught this on SBS one night. I really liked 'Audition',
but I found the Ring movies to be rather boring, so I watched this few
expectations. When it was over, I was pretty impressed.
Misa Kuroi (Kimika Yoshino) is a witch, her secret means she gets transferred
from school to school. Rumours constantly follow her - they say that people in
her presence are prone to dying. Naturally, dark forces at work at her new
school, and one night, Misa and twelve other students (that makes 13, get it?)
are locked in the school. They will all die unless Misa can protect them.
Story wise, it isn't very original, but its still rather interesting. Horror
wise, it is pretty good. Dealing with the occult and supernatural, 'Wizard of
Darkness' is stylish and gory. Nice special effects, and what surprised me was
the fact that there were good actors in what is essentially gory teen-horror.
It gets a bit Japanese at times, and if you've seen a few Japanese horror or
action movies, you'll know what I'm talking about, e.g. unusual situations
involving lesbians. If you don't like these movies, then maybe its best to avoid
'Wizard of Darkness, as it features unusual situations involving lesbians, among
8/10 - Check it out if you like Japanese horror, or horror in general.