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Film Review: Rokuroku: The Promise of the Witch (2018) by Yudai Yamaguchi and Keita Amemiya, screening at Fantasia

One of Japan’s most significant cultural phenomenon, the eccentricities of everyday life is explained by the presence of spirits in objects which have become known as Yokai. This concept has been a major figure in numerous stories and plays throughout the years, to novels, TV shows and feature films which is the subject of gonzo-exploitation director Yudai Yamaguchi and Keita Amemiya’s joint anthology-styled love letter to the creatures.

“Rokuroku: The Promise of the Witch” is part of the Asian selection at Fantasia International Film Festival

Hearing about her grandfather, young Izumi decides to return to her hometown in order to be with him as her mother continually warns her about the stories he’s telling. As a series of strange incidents occur to neighbors around the village, she begins to reconnect with her childhood friend Mika who has the feeling that something terrifying is going to happen to her.

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