A film about killer hair extensions may sound like a
goofy premise but Sion Sono’s film is a must for J-
Horror অনুরাগী and general horror film অনুরাগী will lap it up
There are two elements at work in the film. One is the
story of a dead girl’s corpse that keeps spouting
luxuriant black hair from every orifice. Her body is
stolen দ্বারা a tricophilic who cuts her hair and sells it for
use in hairdressers for hair extensions. The hair
extensions, however, are possessed and either kill the
wearer অথবা drive them insane.
সেকেন্ড is the story of trainee hair stylist Yuko who has
an absolute দুশ্চরিত্রা whore of a sister – Kiyomi – who
abuses her little daughter – Mami and acts like a total
vicious, heartless tart. Mami gets dumped on Yuko.
Their bond grows closer. Kiyomi regularly steals from
Yuko’s flat and one time grabs the lethal hair
extensions. Back at her own flat we are treated to the
exceedingly pleasing scene of Kiyomi and her sleazeball
boyfriend copping a horrible death দ্বারা rampant hair.
Yuko and Mami have to do their own hairy battle at the
film’s conclusion but this is less interesting than the
পূর্ববর্তি action. At the end, it all comes good and Yuko
asks Mami if she wants to সরানো in with her. Mami is
The child abuse element of the film is jarring as we
watch a beautiful little girl get bossed about, verbally
and physically abused, chastised, screamed at. The
দুশ্চরিত্রা of a mother has a vile, vicious tongue and can
sweet talk Mami into thinking she cares about her and
then she turns into the wicked witch in an instant. How
anyone can abuse such a beautiful, obedient, clever
little girl is beyond me. Seeing the mother get her
comeuppance is gleefully brilliant and আপনি want to jump
It is also good to see how Yuko matures through the
film through her initially unwanted enforced parenthood
to fully accepting caregiver and guardian of Mami. She
really grows up.
As I ব্যক্ত before, the concept of killer hair extensions
may sound daft but the special effects are excellent and
the menacing hair looks luxuriant and lifelike.
This really is a special little film and it deserves to be
exalted in the canon of J-Horror.