The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Dark Water

Dark Water

Check your nerves because Hideo Nakata’s J-horror shocker Dark Water is coming this October.

Yoshimi Matsubara (Hitomi Kuroki) is forced to move out of her home and rent a rundown apartment for herself and her young daughter, Ikuko (Rio Kanno), after her marriage ends in a contentious divorce. Soon after moving into the unit, the two notice a leak in the ceiling that seems to be growing larger day by day. As Yoshimi wrestles with frightening visions and memories of her traumatic childhood, she begins to unravel the mystery of their apartment.

A worthy follow-up to Nakata’s Ringu (The Ring), the film adds eerie, psychological elements to a story that’s a family drama at heart.


“The tension is deftly built up minute by minute… The final half-hour is very gripping, packed full of thrills (and indeed spills), and the payoff in the climax is a satisfying one.” – Ian Shone, HorrorNews

“Nakata’s strongest suit is clearly his ability to establish a tone that’s both creepy and off-putting… It’s exactly the kind of atmosphere that a good horror film needs… Dark Water is always interesting to look at and succeeds in making the viewer feel anxious.” – David Nusair, ReelFilm

“All in all, this is a nice little gem in the Japanese horror realm that has some truly impressive water effects.  The dramatic notes were perfectly hit by the actresses portraying the mother and daughter.” – Craig Thayer, Nightmarish Conjurings

Dark Water
Rio Kanno in Dark Water.