UPDATE: Our Howling Village review is up now!
Japanese Title: 犬鳴村 (Inunaki Mura)
“A female Psychologist approaches to a seemingly abandoned tunnel hoping to find some clues about mysterious deaths happening around her, only to find out there is a sinister place beyond the tunnel and her imagination, named ‘Howling Village’.” —dayoftheghouls
Written and Directed by Takashi Shimizu, best known as the creator of the Japanese Ju-on series and The Grudge franchise. Takashi Shimizu returns this year with Howling Village, inspired by a Japanese urban legend.
It’s a collaborative writing effort with Daisuke Hosaka who wrote for 2 more films with Takashi Shimizu called Tormented (2011) and The Shock Labyrinth 3D (2009).
“Wanko-gane-ya-nyu-fu-shatter- ♪” which means “There was a village just past the tunnel, and I saw “xx” there …”. What did these words left by a woman just before her death mean? A weird song sang by a strange woman, a missing brother and mysterious recurring deaths.
Kind of weird and disjointed to be honest, but then again, the Ju-on movies weren’t really on the ball with logic. What they were though…is scary. So I have high hopes for this one too!
Suddenly, strange events begin to take place around the clinical psychologist, Kanade Morita.
What every strange event has in common is the spirit spot in the Inunaki Tunnel. .
Take a look at the creepy trailer…
Before you go off thinking that this is all fake, Inunaki Tunnel really is a real life location. Like Aokigahara (another infamous Japanese haunted spot), the tunnel has been the source of a lot of deaths.
An urban legend even says that there is a nearby village called “Inunaki Village” which is beyond the control of the Japanese government, and that anyone who enters there can never return.
There’s even a game based on it.
A lot of horror experiences around the village are posted on writing sites and SNS. It is said that Inunaki Village is located beyond the former Inunaki Tunnel, but a dam has been constructed and no trace remains on the map of Japan.
Ryôta Bandô is an actor, known for Jûni-nin no shinitai kodomo-tachi (2019), Even: kimi ni okuru uta (2018).
Tsuyoshi Furukawa is an actor, known for Brother’s Friend (2018), 3 Nen A Kumi: Ima kara Mina-san wa, Hitojichi Desu (2019).
Ayaka Miyoshi is a Japanese singer, actress and model signed to Amuse. She was scouted when she was in the third grade. In 2008 she passed the Nico Petit auditions and became their model until 2010. In April 2010 she became a member of the idol group Sakura Gakuin and its subunit SCOOPERS until her graduation at the end of March 2012. She is a model for the Japanese version of “Seventeen” magazine. – IMDb Mini Biography By: James A. Reed
A combination of talent that is hard to miss out on.
The film will release on February 7, 2020 in Japan. No word on local release but like Sadako, expect it to come sooner or later.