Ousama Game Review

 

Details

Title: 王様ゲーム
Title (romaji): Ousama Game
Genre: Horror
Theater Run: December 17, 2011 (start)
DVD Release Date: April 6th 2012

Information

One night, Chiemi Honda (Yurina Kumai) and childhood friend Nobuaki Kanazawa (Dori Sakurada) receive an email. The sender is the King and the subject of the email is “King Game.” The email states that if the recipient does not complete the king’s order within 24 hours then they will be punished.

Since that first email all of Chiemi’s classmates receive an email from the King. At first, students think it’s a joke, but perform the orders anyways. Gradually, the orders become worse. Finally, 2 classmates who do not follow the orders are punished. Then classmates start to disappear in sequence. Maria Iwamura stares at one classmate coldly. With Maria Iwamura (Airi Suzuki), Chiema Honda gets closer to uncovering the identity of the King, but tragedy is about to come to Chiemi…

Review

Out of the three H!P horror movies I’ve seen and reviewed so far, Gomenasai still remains the only movies that’s actually more of a horror than a thriller. This is close to it, but the movie was more of a thriller for me.

Despite that though, the movie’s plot was a lot more interesting than I thought it would be. Like Keitai Kanojo, the movie leads you to believe many different outcomes along the way until the ending hits you like a shovel to the face with the truth behind it all and it blows your mind since you had no idea that’s how it would end.

The movie is really well done. The effects are well done and the girls (and boys) all played their roles fantastically. I was impressed with Risako and Nacky as side roles, as they were the ones who showed up the most (most of the girls in Berikyuu only had small lines and most died before the half way mark) but they’re acting, especially Risako’s, was really nice. The plot was played out well and the constant thinking made it enjoyable to watch as well.

There wasn’t anything bad about this movie. The only thing I found odd is the camera angles. The angles tend to be high up, like when they’re in the classroom and such, sort of like in the Paranormal Activity movies. It’s not much of a problem or annoyance, it was just something that I haven’t seen yet from any of the movies I reviewed and for the first bit of the movie it bugged me a bit. Also, the subs were really fast, so in most cases I couldn’t catch the whole sentence before it switched to the next which was somewhat of a pain.

Overall, this movie is really one I’d watch again. It isn’t scary enough that I would feel like once is enough. The plot, although I know how it ends, carries itself so well that I wouldn’t mind watching it one or two more times, or even more than that. The acting isn’t cheesy and the effects were executed well. With that being said, I think this is a movie that all fans can enjoy even if you’re not a horror fan.

Also, as a side note, I totally didn’t recognize Sakurada Dori who also played in Suugaku Joshi Gakuen. He’s really good-looking here, his acting is really great too. Just as a side note. 🙂

I recommend this movie for those interested! If you have any questions, comments, or you want to know where the movie can be found for download with subtitles, feel free to leave a comment in the comments section!

Here’s the trailer:

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