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The Inerasable ("Zange - Sunde wa Ikenai Heya")

Quebec Premiere
  • Japan
  • 2015
  • 107 mins
  • HD
  • Japanese
  • English (subtitles)
Official Selection: Tokyo International Film Festival 2015, Udine Far East Film Festival 2016

“A sharply intelligent film about why we get scared that is itself teeth-rattlingly scary – a connoisseur’s horror movie” – Robbie Collin, THE TELEGRAPH


“I,” a nameless mystery writer, finds inspiration in her readers’ letters. When an architecture student named Kubo (Ai Hashimoto) reaches out, alarmed by the creepy swooshing sounds she hears coming from a small room in her low-rent apartment, the writer connects the dots: the story sounds eerily familiar to that of another letter, from a previous tenant of the same building. Intrigued by the coincidence, “I” decides to meet Kubo, and as both unveil histories of suicide and violent crimes, they fall down the rabbit hole of a full-fledged paranormal investigation.

Fantasia favourite Yoshihiro Nakamura (FISH STORY, A BOY AND HIS SAMURAI) returns to horror with THE INERASABLE, another chapter in his exploration of Japanese society’s dark underbelly, following 2014’s social media-focused murder mystery THE SNOW WHITE MURDER CASE. Here, Nakamura joins DARK WATER scribe Kenichi Suzuki and together they craft a beautifully haunted film, rather than a straightforward horror film; a melancholy look at the ways ghost stories are not only passed on from one person to the next, but from one space to the other, creeping and slashing through generations, unchecked. Making reflexive use of J-horror tropes, and a pseudo-documentary structure that lends the film its uncanny realism, Nakamura strings together a collection of superbly atmospheric tales, exposing a society’s unique spiritual connection to the supernatural in the process. Whether the result of a writer’s overactive imagination, or the terrifying exploration of a haunted city, THE INERASABLE is sure to raise many questions, but mostly the hairs on the back of your neck.

— Ariel Esteban Cayer

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