"Tomie: Forbidden Fruit" (2002), also known as "Tomie: Saishuu-shô - kindan no kajitsu," is a Japanese horror film directed by Shun Nakahara. It is the fifth installment in the Tomie film series, based on a popular manga series by Junji Ito.
The film, like its predecessors, revolves around the enigmatic and seemingly immortal Tomie, a young woman who bewitches men to the point of murderous obsession. In "Forbidden Fruit," the narrative explores a darker, more insidious aspect of Tomie’s character when a young girl, Tomoe, crosses paths with her.
One of the more distinct elements of "Forbidden Fruit" is its noticeable shift towards a more psychological horror rather than adhering strictly to its gory roots. The performances are generally strong, particularly from Nozomi Ando, who imbues the title character with a chilling allure.
Yet, what makes "Tomie: Forbidden Fruit" compelling is the unique approach it takes towards its source material. It blends the story of Tomie with a poignant exploration of loneliness, identity, and teenage angst. The dynamic between Tomie and Tomoe is intriguing, adding a layer of complexity to the narrative.
However, "Tomie: Forbidden Fruit" might not appeal to everyone. The pace is slower compared to other entries in the series, and it leans heavily on its psychological elements. It may feel disjointed to some viewers, but for fans of J-horror who appreciate a more cerebral approach, "Tomie: Forbidden Fruit" could be a refreshing and compelling watch.