Looking more like the fourth or fifth entry in a franchise than only the second, cell phone horror pic "One Missed Call 2" manages to ring up a few genuine scares and a neat final twist. However, for much of the going this has none of the wit or sly nastiness of the original 2004 hit by cult director Takashi Miike.

Looking more like the fourth or fifth entry in a franchise than only the second, cell phone horror pic “One Missed Call 2″ manages to ring up a few genuine scares and a neat final twist. However, for much of the going this has none of the wit or sly nastiness of the original 2004 hit by cult director Takashi Miike, which grossed a surprising $10 million-plus in Japan. A buff ancillary item in the West, “OMC2″ failed to replicate the original’s success when it was released in February.

This time the threatened teen is Kyoko (mono-monikered TV drama star Mimura), whose friends drop dead after they receive a call from the future on their cells. Journo Takako (Asaka Seto), whose sister died, thinks it’s the return of “the killer ring tone,” powered by vengeful female ghost Mimiko. So she and Kyoko hightail off to an abandoned coal mining village in Taiwan, where Mimiko’s father once lived, to solve the mystery. Performances are functional and TV helmer Renpei Tsukamoto directs in rote style. Most of the Taiwan scenes were shot in Yubari, Japan.

One Missed Call 2

Japan

Production

A Toho Co. release of a Kadokawa Pictures, Nippon Television Network, SDP, Toho Co. presentation of a Kadokawa Pictures production. (International sales: Kadokawa, Tokyo.) Produced by Naoki Sato, Yoichi Arishige. Executive producer, Kazuo Kuroi. Directed by Renpei Tsukamoto. Screenplay, Minako Daira, inspired by the novel "One Missed Call" by Yosushi Akimoto.

Crew

Camera (color), Tokusho Kikumura; editor, Soichi Ueno; music, Koji Endo; art director, Takayuki Arita. Reviewed on videocassette, London, May 31, 2005. (In Udine Far East Film Festival.) Japanese, Mandarin dialogue. Running time: 105 MIN.

With

Mimura, Yu Yoshizawa, Asaka Seto, Renji Ishibashi, Peter Ho, Haruko Wanibuchi.
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