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One day, Shiraishi Itsumi dies at Seibo Maria Girls High School. She falls off from the rooftop of a school building. Itsumi is the administrator's daughter at the school, and she was envied by all the other students there. Did Itsumi kill herself, or was she killed accidentally or intentionally? At the time of her death, she held a lily of the valley flower in her hand. A rumor spreads that somebody in the literature club killed Itsumi. Itsumi was the president of the literature club. A friend of Itsumi, Sayuri, is now the president, and she holds a regular club meeting, reading stories written by members. The theme of the meeting is “Shiraishi Itsumi’s death”. (Source: AsianWiki) Edit Translation

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  • Country: Japan
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Apr 1, 2017
  • Duration: 1 hr. 45 min.
  • Score: 7.7 (scored by 597 users)
  • Ranked: #4623
  • Popularity: #6821
  • Content Rating: G - All Ages

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ReikabLeu
6 people found this review helpful
Jan 26, 2018
Completed 3
Overall 9.5
Story 10
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 9.5
Rewatch Value 8.0
When I decided to watch this I had a very low expectation for it. But man, it was twists and turn until the very end. The plot was very good. Just when I though I figured out how it will end, something will happen that causes me to rethink things.

I liked it. For me, it was not something predictable and it was different.

You definitely should watch it. It may not be for everyone's taste though since the theme was dark.

I liked how the characters were played, very interesting.

I'm happy that I did not waste almost 2 hours of my life by watching this.

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heartaem
2 people found this review helpful
Apr 18, 2019
Completed 0
Overall 9.5
Story 10
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 4.0
The Dark Maidens is a film that I did not have the intention of watching at all. I hadn't seen a trailer for it, I had not come across its page on MDL or IMDB, nothing of the sort. I was clearing out my "watch later" list on my YouTube when I came across "Mystery 2017 School Japan Detective Eng Sub" and I decided since I had some time to kill I'd watch it and see why I had it saved in my to watch later.

I think I can safely say that is one of the best decisions I have done when it comes down to watching something because of random chance.

When I first began this, due to the name the uploader had set it as (The Dark Maidens), I believed this was going to be another high school set suicide blood fest horror film living up to many of Japan's horror tropes in their films. After the first twenty minutes or so, I had to pause to come and read the synopsis because I was confused. After reading it, I did think twice about watching it as I don't really go for the whole murder mystery genre; I find quite often Japan doesn't do it as well as they do their high school based horror. Shrugging it off, I decided why not because I'd already started it: and wow.

The Dark Maidens took me on a long, twisting, amazing journey of friendship and betrayal, of life and death. The first thing I picked up from this film was the utterly beautiful connections from well-known murder mysteries - such as Miss Marple and Agatha Christie, of whom are referenced in the film's prominent literature club. Although reminiscent, it still had its own originality that left me glued to my screen - something that is pretty rare for me. Usually, I have to pause quite a bit and rest my eyes due to poor eyesight and having to read subtitles, but I watched this almost entirely in its completeness.
As the twists begin to unfold, the story becomes more and more convoluted with such a shocking twist and turn at the end that was nothing short of smart. I was confused for a short while in this film but the script writing sets it up utterly perfectly for its ending. The writing in this is absolutely nothing sort of genius and I haven't been left this gobsmacked by a twist in a film for a long, long time.

The cast in this was perfectly selected. Every single cast member played their roles perfectly, whilst also giving off such a feeling of ethereal beauty (along with a little help from the gorgeous editing), that made me feel like I was watching a twisted fairy tale rather than a murder mystery. Their acting in this was spot on and they took what they were given with the script and made it, simply, their own.

Every single thing about this film adds up to create something that I would say is nothing short of a masterpiece. There was nothing in this film I can even recall as a fault, nor can I think of anything I would have liked to see more or done better. This is one of those films I recommend everyone try if they can find the time to try it out and I am utterly grateful for whatever choices I made to sit and watch it when I did. This has definitely opened me up to the murder mystery genre; that's something I never thought would happen with how obvious and guessable many are in the genre.

I have seen comments and remarks that this is quite rushed for the film considering this is based off a book and frankly, I' thankful I watched the film first. I didn't know this franchise existed and I will definitely be reading the book later this year after watching this. I would say, having not read the book, if you want a full experience for the film to definitely watch the film first. I don't think if I had read the book first that I would have enjoyed this as much as I had done and although it spoils some of the book, from what I have seen, there is a lot more content in the book that is free game to discover brand new even after watching the film.

Note: My rewatch value rating is pretty low, but that's because after the first time you watch it with all the initial twists and such that - half of the original intrigue is gone. I'd definitely rewatch it again, but I definitely don't think it would have the same all round effect as the first time you watch it. It is definitely not anything against the film at all.

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  • Movie: Girls in the Dark
  • Country: Japan
  • Release Date: Apr 1, 2017
  • Duration: 1 hr. 45 min.
  • Content Rating: G - All Ages

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  • Score: 7.7 (scored by 597 users)
  • Ranked: #4623
  • Popularity: #6821
  • Watchers: 1,402

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