After eight Tomie films, the time seemed ready for a reboot and Tomie Unlimited — kind of like Marvel’s Unlimited newer universe — was the answer. Noboru Iguchi (Zombie Ass: Toilet of the Dead, The Machine Girl) would be the creative force to make this one happen.
The movie starts with Tsukiko Izumikawa (Moe Arai) taking photos when she runs into her stepsister Tomie Kawakami (Miu Nakamura). The two both are in love with the same boy, Toshio Shinoda (Kensuke Owada). Tsukiko hates her stepsister yet is in love with her beauty, unable to stop taking photos of her, even as a steel cross falls from a building and kills her.
A year later, on her eighteen birthday, Tsukiko is trying to get back to a normal life, which changes forever when Tomie returns. On the first night, she grabs an electrical cord and demands that her family beat Tsukiko for letting her die.
Meanwhile, Tomie has grown a scar in her shoulder that contains a talking tumor before her father kills her and her mother tears apart her body. This unleashes multiple Tomies, from small heads that can infect others to her main head that asks her father to kill his wife and feed the remains to her.
By the end of the film, women all over Japan, including our heroine, have all become Tomie, all destined to die at the hands of men, all fated to come back to ruin the sanity of everyone they encounter.
After watching all of the Tomie films, this is up there as one of my favorites in the series. It has just the right mix of abject horror and ludicrous humor. And the floating head of Tomie conjures pleasant memoirs of Mystics In Bali and that’s a good sign.