Tomie (1999)

Director
Ataru Oikawa

Main cast
Miho Kanno; Mami Nakamura; Tomorowo Taguchi; Kôta Kusano; Kae Minami

Genres
Foreign, Horror

Description
Following some trauma in her past that has since been repressed, a young woman is trying to recover her memories with the help of a psychiatrist. During her hypnosis sessions, she repeats the name "Tomie" but is unable to recall where she knows it from. Meanwhile, a police detective is investigating a string of brutal murders, where he also runs across the name "Tomie." How are the two connected?


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