The Haunted Lantern 2002 Horror Movie Review
Horror movies Review
The Haunted Lantern is in line with the traditional Japanese ghost stories of the Kwaidan collection. The story involves (at least) three fated karmic cycles in which the main characters’ lives are tragically and overwhelmingly intertwined.
Japanese Buddhist and Shinto notions of karma, fate, kami (spirits), redemption and hell all play central roles in this tale. And unlike most Western ghost stories, where heaven and good eventually prevail in the last 10 minutes of the story, our Japanese tale pays great respect to the virtually inescapable momentum of spiritual karma.
The DVD does not offer much in the way of “extras” other than a trailer and some text explanations of the “Bon” (spirit of the dead) festival which provides the cultural context for the tale. (The “lantern” in the title refers to a “bon lantern” which beckons/invites the dead back to their former homes during the festival.)
I didn’t listen to the English dubbed version, but the English subtitles were clearly visible and well-done.
All-in-all an entertaining historical tale of ghosts, love and fate.
About The Haunted Lantern (2002)
Starring: Natsuo Ujiki,
Runtime: 96 minutes
Cool Posts From Around the Web: