Reincarnation (film)

Directed by Takashi Shimizu
Produced by Takashige Ichise
Screenplay by
  • Takashi Shimizu
  • Masaki Adachi
Music by Kenji Kawai
Cinematography Takahide Shibanushi
Edited by Nobuyuki Takahashi
Distributed by Toho
Release dates
  • October 27, 2005 (2005-10-27) (Tokyo International Film Festival)
  • January 7, 2006 (2006-01-07)
Running time
96 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Box office $4,274,679[1]

Reincarnation (輪廻 Rinne) is a 2005 Japanese horror film, directed by Takashi Shimizu. It centers on a hopeful actress who won a role in a film that takes her, the cast, and the crew to a hotel where the present soon collides with the past.

It was released as a part of the six-volume J-Horror Theater.


Professor Norihasa Omori (Atsushi Haruta) visits a local hotel and films himself killing eleven of the hotel guests, employees, his own children before committing suicide, all as part of his wish to understand reincarnation. Since then, the footage of the murders disappears. Thirty-five years later, horror movie director Ikuo Matsumura (Kippei Shiina) decides to make a film about the massacre. As the date of the shoot draws near, Nagisa Sugiura (Yūka), the actress who is set to star as Omori's daughter Chisato (Mao Sasaki), is haunted by the ghosts of the victims. She begins hallucinating and is plagued by nightmares of the killings.

Yayoi Kinoshita (Karina Nose) wakes up in the middle of a psychology class, in which the professor publicly opposes the ideas of reincarnation and cryptomnesia. She decides to write an essay supporting cryptomnesia and meets Yuka Morita (Marika Matsumoto), an actress who auditioned for Ikuo's movie. Yuka says she remembers things in a "past life" of hers and shows Yayoi a birthmark that would appear to be evidence of strangulation, which reveals that she has the same vision as Nagisa."[2] Yayoi and Yuka check out the college library, but mysterious forces drag Yuka away.

Meanwhile, Nagisa begins to believe that she is the reincarnation of Chisato Omori. However, during another hallucination, she discovers Yayoi in the cubby where the little girl was slain. Realizing that she is not the real reincarnation of Chisato, Nagisa witnesses the actors (who are appearing as their reincarnations, which they are to portray) being drawn back to the places where they died. With all the victims walking towards her, Nagisa becomes aware of the truth: she is the reincarnation of the homicidal professor. Pursued by the ghosts, Nagisa is forced to reenact the professor's suicide, but survives.

Sometime later, in a mental ward, Nagisa - bound in a full-body wrap - is still haunted by the souls of Omori's children. Ayumi Omori (Miki Sanjo), the professor's wife, gives Nagisa her children's favourite toys (which is a ball and a doll). Nagisa screams as they are shoved into her solitary confinement cell, but calms down with a sinister smile on her face as the ghosts of the children close in on her.


  • Yūka as Nagisa Sugiura
  • Karina Nose as Yayoi Kinoshita
  • Kippei Shiina as Ikuo Matsumura
  • Tetta Sugimoto as Tadashi Murakawa
  • Shun Oguri as Kazuya Onishi
  • Marika Matsumoto as Yuka Morita
  • Mantaro Koichi as Producer Yamanaka
  • Atsushi Haruta as Norihasa Omori
  • Miki Sanjo as Ayumi Omori
  • Mao Sasako as Chisato Omori
  • Hiroto Ito as Yuya Omori
  • Takako Fuji as Takako Sudo (Hotel Maid)
  • Shinji Nomura as Naoto Takada (Hotel Owner)
  • Yuki Shiomi as Yuta Inomata (Receptionist)
  • Izumi Kyoko as Kaoru Shintani (Hotel Maid 2)
  • Yasutoki Furuya as Atsushi Ozawa (Waiter, Chef)
  • Harada as M. Okuno (Guest)
  • Yoshiko Nishi as Nao Okuno (Guest)
  • Hiroshi Ishimaru as Taichi Hayami (Guest)
  • Kayoko Toda as Yoko Takeuchi (Guest)


The film was released as part of producer Takashige Ichise's J-Horror Theater series along with Infection, Premonition, and Retribution, among others.[3]

Reincarnation premiered at the 18th Tokyo International Film Festival on October 27, 2005. It was theatrically released in the United States as one of the eight films in the nationwide film festival After Dark Horrorfest, which ran November 17 through 21, 2006.[4]

See also


  1. "Reincarnation". Boxofficemojo. Retrieved March 04, 2012.
  2. Reincarnation, English subtitles.
  3. Logboy (August 18, 2006). "Reminder : 'Reincarnation' Uncut R2 UK DVD August 21st 2006.". Twitch Film.
  4. "8 Films To Die For - After Dark Horrorfest". After Dark. 2006. Retrieved December 14, 2006.
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