AKA: Kuchisake-onna 1
Directed by: Koji Shiraishi
Starring: Miki Mizuno (Slit-Mouthed Woman), Eriko Sato (Yamashita), Haruhiko Kato (Noboru Matsuzaki), Rie Kuwana (Mika), Chiharu Kawai (Mika’s mother)
Country: Japan; Effed Up Asian Films
Language: Japanese (Eng Subs); Effed Up Japanese Cinema
Genres: Scars, Horror, Gruesome, Domestic Abuse, Childhood, Serial Killer
Plot – Spoilers:
There’s an urban legend going around Japanese schools about a slit-mouthed woman abducting children and creating future Jokers by slicing their mouths. The stories are embellished and it’s mostly a fun exercise for the schoolkids until it’s not. A couple of teachers get involved in the case, one of whom has a connection to the malevolent child-hating woman.
Based on an actual Japanese urban legend, this is from the director of Grotesque, but don’t expect similar violence and gore, as he seems to have stayed safe within the genre.