Birth of the Wizard
(Eko eko azarak II)
Japan, 1996, 83min
director: Shimako Sato
cast: Kimika Yoshino, Wataru Shihodo, Hideyo Amamoto
In the first part, Wizard of Darkness, schoolgirl Misa Kuroi fought the power of evil with the help of black magic. In Birth of the Wizard, she discovers the existence and origin of her magical powers, which means that the second part is actually a prequel.
For centuries, imported European black magic has been practiced in a little Japanese mountain village. Well, that couldn't last long. One fine day in 1881, under conditions unimaginable for the outside world, this Saiga clan village was raized to the ground with almost no survivors. A whole century later an archeologist discovered a mummified woman. If only he hadn't touched it. Now the diabolical Kirie rises from the dead, and must destroy our involuntary heroine Misa in order to continue her existence.
Kirie now jumps from body to body, getting ever closer to her goal, clearing her path of anything that stands in her way. Misa's contemporaries drop like flies, while the dead walk the streets once more. Although she receives surprise support from the magical bearer of the secret, Saiga, she still has to face Kirie alone. And she has taken over the body of her best friend Shoko, with whom she once wanted to share more than just deep friendship...
ki, Brussels – Berlin
picture ©: Gaga Communications Inc.
Seen during the:
the XVth Brussels International Festival of Fantasy, Thriller and Science-Fiction Films
Also shown during the:
11th Fantasy Filmfestival
copyright: Queer View, August 23, 1997