Netflix has been beefing up its Japanese drama and movie content lately. One not to miss is a Japanese horror flick that’ll surely be enjoyable even for those who aren’t huge fans of the genre. We’re talking about Re/Member (Japanese title Karada Sagashi) featuring the ensemble cast of Kanna Hashimoto, Maika Yamamoto, Gordon Maeda, Fuju Kamio, Daigo Kotaro, and Mayu Yokota.
While it may not be phenomenal like legendary Japanese horror films The Grudge and The Ring, Re/Member should be on your Netflix queue for reasons we’ll be sharing below.
Asuka (Kanna Hashimoto) is an outcast at school. One day, she started experiencing weird visions in school. After she got home, she received a number of texts from a mysterious sender only known as the ‘Red Person’. When she closed her eyes to sleep, Asuka mysteriously finds herself transported to the school chapel along with five other students: the school golden boy Takahiro (Gordon Maeda), the class president Rie (Mayu Yokota), the biker’s girlfriend Rumiko (Maika Yamamoto), the bullied Shota (Daigo Kotaro), and the constant absentee Atsushi (Fuju Kamio).
The six of them were engaged by the Red Person in a game called Body Search where they have to find the Red Person’s dismembered body parts. The Red Person hunted them down as they did so, brutally killing them in the process.
However, the day resets once the clock hits midnight. They wake up alive and well, reliving the same day over and over again until they clear their mission. Only the six of them retain their memories.
Because of their shared experience, they eventually become friends. They earn more confidence in clearing the Red Person’s game. However, as their bond grows stronger, the true twist of the game officially begins.