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Kakashi (案山子, Scarecrow), is a manga, created by Junji Ito, that chronicles a tale of Kaoru Yoshikawa whose search for her missing brother Tsuyoshi leads her to Kozukata, an isolated village that seems to harbour dark secrets.
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The story appeared in Halloween and was reprinted by ComicsOne as a chapter in the Junji Ito Horror Comic Collection, Volume 4: The Face Burglar published in 1998 (sometimes the series is described as Horror World of Junji Ito). All of Junji Ito's run on Halloween was reprinted by the publisher Asahi Sonorama as Museum of Terror (恐怖博物館, Kyōfu Hakubutsukan), of which the fourth volume was Kakashi (2002, ISBN 9784257721697, 2007 ISBN 9784022670083).Dark Horse Comics started translating this series but they only released the first three volumes - the first two were given over to Tomie and the third was The Long Hair in the Attic.
In 2001, Kakashi was adapted into a live-action Japanese horror film, directed by Norio Tsuruta, starring Maho Nonami, Ko Shibasaki and Grace Yip.
The opening narrates the tradition of "Kakashi" (then known as Kagashi), where humans would burn animal and human hairs to prevent evil spirits from entering Earth. They eventually began to burn human effigies made of straws as it also attract the spirits of the dead so they can interact with them. Little they know that it may bring consequences far greater than they thought.
Kaoru Yoshikawa (Maho Nonami) is a young woman who has close relationship with her brother, Tsuyoshi (Shunsuke Matsuoka); their parents had been dead years ago. She visits his apartment when he had been missing for a week and found a memo near his telephone. It contains bits of straws and a letter from Izumi Miyamori (Kou Shibasaki), former roommate of Kaoru who seeks Tsuyoshi's help. The letter is return-addressed from Kozukata Village, located in the hills of a mountain. Along the way, Kaoru sees a missing person poster of a Chinese woman named Sally Chen (Grace IP), nearby which she finds a tunnel leading to the village. She settles to walk on foot through the tunnel after her car breaks down where she hears strange voices in it. Kaoru does arrive at the village, but all the villagers act cold to strangers and only informs her about the upcoming "Kakashi Matsuri" (Scarecrow Festival) to be held there. She briefly meets Sally, but she quickly disappears afterwards.
Kaoru meets with Izumi's parents shortly thereafter. Izumi's father (Kenzo Kawarasaki) welcomes her and allows her to stay for several days, though Izumi's mother acts cold like the other villagers. Throughout her stay, Kaoru frequently dreams about meeting with Izumi who seemingly dislikes her appearance and scarecrows come to life. She finds Izumi's diary in the upstairs room and realizes that Izumi had fallen in love with Tsuyoshi, though Kaoru's overprotective attitude prevents Izumi from reaching him, making her cursing Kaoru for her entire life. Izumi's father reveals that Izumi had actually been dead quite a while and his appearance in his village is merely trying to celebrate the festival as he believed it will give chance for him and his wife to reunite with her. This act is not only done by them but also all other villagers, including Sally who travels from far away to reunite with her dead father.
After many strange events happening, Kaoru decides to leave the village before the festival starts, in which she is eventually reunited with Tsuyoshi, who is in a state of shock. The two meet with Sally and begin their run to the tunnel as the festival starts. Izumi's scarecrow is the first to come alive and kills her mother after meeting her. The trio stumbles to the red-draped windmill that the scarecrows are placed, where Izumi waits. Tsuyoshi sacrifices himself to kill Izumi by burning them alive, though Izumi's laugh reveals that this is merely an act of revenge to Kaoru, who watches in shock. Kaoru and Sally leave the village through the tunnel as the other scarecrows come to live. Just as they are about to reach the entrance, Tsuyoshi's spirit appears and calls Kaoru. Realizing that she has no place to go back and Tsuyoshi being the only one who cares her, she goes after Tsuyoshi, despite Sally's protests.
Maho Nonami - Kaoru Yoshikawa,
Kou Shibasaki - Izumi Miyamori (credited as Kô Shibasaki),
Grace Yip - Sally Chen (credited as Gurêsu Ippu),
Yoshiki Arizono - Shusaku Noji,
Mizuho Igarashi - Ayumi Noji,
Yoji Tanaka - Junsa,
Shunsuke Matsuoka - Tsuyoshi Yoshikawa,
Kenzo Kawarasaki - Kozo Miyamori,
Derek Elley reviewed the film for Variety and concluded that "Tsuruta's deliberately restrained direction and a gentle ostinato score by Shinichiro Ogata are very effective in the opening reels at building a sense of foreboding from natural surroundings. Ultimately, however, film is let down by Nonami's rather bland performance as Kaoru and a lack of dramatic clout at the end."
Beyond Hollywood's review said that "whilst "Uzumaki" was a wacky affair, featuring wild special effects and odd transformations, "Kakashi" takes a very different route, focusing instead on atmosphere and melodrama, recalling more adult films such as "Inugami"" and concludes that "those who enjoy deliberately paced, mournful films that focus on mood and character are likely to be entertained and satisfied, as this is one of the better examples of the last few years."