Director: Noboru Iguchi
Screenplay: Jun Tsugita, Noboru Iguchi, from Junji Ito
Cast: Moe Arai, Miu Nakamura, Maiko Kawakami, Kensuke Owada, Koichi Obori
Producers: Gen Sato
Print Source: Nikkatsu
Tsukiko, a shy and reserved young girl, develops a passion for photography, impulsively taking snaps of everything that grabs her attention. One day, as she is taking pictures of her beautiful sister Tomie, equally popular at school and at home, tragedy occurs. A metal rod falls from above and impales Tomie, killing her instantly before Tsukiko’s panicked eyes. A year later, her grief barely allowing place for anything else, Tsukiko is offered the job of photographer for her school newspaper by no other than Toshio, her deceased sister’s boyfriend, whom Tsukiko has always had a crush on. Additionally, on the day of Tomie’s anniversary, the doorbell rings and there she is, back from the dead, even briefly evoking her own death! Her parents are excited by her return, but something isn’t quite right… Tsukiko becomes the scapegoat of her father’s violent outbursts, which Tomie encourages and helps take to extremes. She is definitely not the loveable young girl she used to be. After a few quarrels, the saddened father even commits the unthinkable. Propelled by a sudden rage he can’t explain, he stabs Tomie and cuts her to pieces. The next day, as if nothing happened, Tsukiko goes back to school, but there, she is given yet further reason to question her sanity: a new classmate, who looks exactly like her sister, has just arrived. To make matters worse, she flirts with Toshio and seems determined to turn Tsukiko’s existence into a hellish experience.
Talking heads, body mutations and destructive tentacles: welcome to the twisted world of manga artist Junji Ito (creator of UZUMAKI), where the uncanny takes over reality and creates an endlessly oppressive atmosphere. Based on a manga series already adapted to the big screen many times, here’s the latest of the TOMIE films which, fear not, have nothing to do with each other aside from the unstoppable entity Tomie. Noboru Iguchi (KARATE-ROBO ZABORGAR, also part of the Fantasia 2011 program) directs this new installment, which surprises with its inventiveness and relentlessly nightmarish imagery. Absent from the screens for many years, Tomie can’t begotten rid of that easily. She’s back to terrorize the Fantasia audience!