Kakurenbo - Hide & Seek (2005) Movie Review

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Kakurenbo - Hide & Seek (2005)

2005 | R | Horror, Thriller, Fantasy, Animation, Short
25 minutes / 0h 25min

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Kakurenbo - Hide & Seek Plot Synopsis:

In a street where no one lives, there is a rumor saying that if you play the game 'Otokoyo', or hide and seek after dark, demons will come and take you away. One night, 8 children play the game, each for their own reasons. A boy named Hikora has joined in search of his missing sister who played the game last. But when the game does begin, it becomes apparent that the rumors were true, and that children do get taken away, and Hikora discovers the fate of the one who is "it".

Kakurenbo - Hide & Seek (2005) Review

Kakurenbo - Hide & Seek (2005), aka Kakurenbo (2005), is a Japanese short (25 minutes) anime fantasy film written and directed by Shuhei Morita (Short Peace (2013), Possessions (2012), Freedom Project (2006)) who did a fantastic job. Shuhei lacked in answering all of the questions that viewers are left with, but I am sure that was because of the time limit. Kakurenbo - Hide & Seek would make a great episode for a series as it is captivating and intense.

Kakurenbo - Hide & Seek revolves around a game called "Otokoyo" which means manhunt or as we know it, hide and seek. The game is played by children but is not the same game we grew up with as kids, in this game players wear fox masks held in an abandoned old city after dark. The kids who played hide and seek tends to disappear and is believed to be taken by spirits. The movie’s Hikora (voice - Junko Takeuchi) is a young boy who only wants to play the game so that he can hopefully find his sister Sorincha (voice - Masami Suzuki) who went missing during the game. We see four different demons chasing the children as they pass through the gate to enter the abandoned street. The abducted kids are being used as power cells for the city and the demons protect the tower holding the children. Will Hikora find his sister or will it be too late? Will Hikora be abducted by the demons?

The short film had plot holes and lack of structure, and I wish it were a little longer so that maybe all of the unanswered questions I have would of have a chance to be answered. Where are the parents of the children playing this game at night? The graphics were beautiful and amazing as well as the characters, storyline and creepy factors. My children enjoyed this short film more than I do so maybe it has to do with the age category and whether you are an anime fan or not. I do recommend anime fans to give this movie a try with an open mind, and you might enjoy it for what it is and if not, then you should surely enjoy the graphics and sceneries.

  • Kakurenbo - Hide & Seek Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 7.22
  • IMDB: 6.8

About Kakurenbo - Hide & Seek 2005

Title: Kakurenbo - Hide & Seek
AKA: Kakurenbo
Year: 2005
Runtime: 25 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Fantasy, Animation, Short
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.61/5 stars from 774 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 774
MPAA Rating: R
Kakurenbo - Hide & Seek Cast Starring: Sean Schemmel, Tom Wayland, Dan Green, Mika Ishibashi, Akiko Kobayashi, Rei Naito, Rei Saito, Michael Sinterniklaas, Masami Suzuki, Junko Takeuchi, Veronica Taylor, Makoto Ueki, Ryô Naitô, Ryô Naitô
Kakurenbo - Hide & Seek Writers: Shiro Kuro, Shûhei Morita
Kakurenbo - Hide & Seek Director: Shuhei Morita, Shûhei Morita
Language: Japanese, English, Japanese
Country: Japan