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Review: Dark Water (Arrow Video)

Dark Water
3.5 stars
Starring: Hitomi Kuroki, Rio Kanno, Mirei Oguchi, Asami Mizukawa, Fumiyo Kohinata

Directed: Hideo Nakata

Release Date: October 11, 2016

Run Time: 101 Minutes

Format: Blu-Ray   .Color: Color

Audio: Japanese   .Subtitles: English

Distributor: Arrow Video


After terrifying audiences worldwide with the blockbuster J-horror classic Ring and its sequel, director Hideo Nakata returned to the genre for Dark Water, another highly atmospheric, and critically acclaimed, tale of the supernatural which took the common theme of the dead wet girl to new heights of suspense and drama.

Based upon on a short story by Ring author Koji Suzuki, Dark Water follows Yoshimi, a single mother struggling to win sole custody of her only child, Ikuko. When they move into a new home within a dilapidated and long-forgotten apartment complex, Yoshimi begins to experience startling visions and unexplainable sounds, calling her mental well-being into question, and endangering not only her custody of Ikuko, but perhaps their lives as well.

Beautifully shot by the same cinematographer as Ring and Pulse, and featuring an especially unnerving sound design, Dark Water successfully merges spine-tingling tension with a family s heart-wrenching emotional struggle, creating one of the very finest and most unsettling contemporary Japanese horror films.




Audio Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English

The Sound Quality is pretty good, clear sound and bassy tones when it’s needed.

Rating: 4.5 stars


Picture Quality

Disc Format: Blu-Ray

The Picture Quality is Better than the DVD but it’s not the much better as colors are a little less faded and do have a pop but sharpness isn’t the greatest until we get close-ups Thanks to the grain.

Rating: 3.5 stars

Note: Equipment used to watch the film can be found below

Theatrical release Date: January 19, 2002 (Japan)
Disc release Date: October 11, 2016 (USA)




  • High Definition digital transfer
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original 5.1 audio (DTS-HD on the Blu-ray)
  • Brand new interview with director Hideo Nakata
  • Brand new interview with novelist Koji Suzuki
  • Brand new interview with cinematographer Junichiro Hayashi
  • Archive interview with actress Asami Mizukawa
  • Original Making of documentary
  • Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Peter Strain



My Thoughts

Dark Water is a J Horror Dealing With a Ghostly Child inside an Apartment that is full of leaky ceilings. A Mother Gains Custody of her young daughter and moves into an Old worn down Apartment building that has some History. The Mother starts seeing weird visions of a Child that’s not hers whom once lived in this building and slowly over time we find out whats going on. Her daughter also experiences the same things.

The Story kind of runs along the Ringu type films in a way but its own film. The Story is slow but picks up as the story runs. Horror aspect of the film was fun but it could be more. Some creepy scenes but overall not that scary. No Gore of even blood but we get lots of water and at times a child appearing in a door way. But of course we also get a physical demon of sorts near the end which looks like a child covered in mud. The ending was different leaving some one stuck in the apartment for eternity and the Ghost Child not letting them leave. The ending doesn’t have a resolution of whats going on as the story keeps going after credits role.

Overall the film was good watch, Not the best but still had its moments. Some may not like the ending but I like it as its different to an American Film that Ends Happily with a mystery solved for the most part. If you enjoy J Horror, Little Girl Ghosts, and or are a collector of Arrow then pick it up and give it a shot.

With that said I give Dark Water a 3.5 out of 5


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Samsung (UN46C6900) 46-Inch 1080p LED HDTV

DVD/Blu-Ray Player

OPPO BDP – 103 (Highly Recommended)

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Stereo Receiver

Pioneer VSX-516-K 7.1-Channel

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(1) Center Speaker

Pioneer S-HF 11C

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(2) Front Speaker

KLH 9250B Floor – 350 watts

(4) Surround sound Speakers

KLH 100 watt Bookshelf

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Sony SA-W3000 180 Watt 12″ sub

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Note: I Know my speakers are way outdated. OPPO Blu-Ray Player is one of the best around and used in most home theaters. The Receiver is pretty good but on the line of out dated. Subwoofer is good with tons of bass but not the theater quality from a $400 Sub. Front speakers are fun with tons of power and are good for standalone’s but higher end sound (Hz) is lower quality. Overall I need to update on all speakers granted I do get decent sound out of them just the higher end falls short.


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