Howling Village (2019) Ending Explained and Review

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Have you ever heard of Howling Village? What about Inunaki Tunnel or Inunaki Village?

Among the Japanese, it is quite well-known as an urban legend.

Director and writer Takashi Shimizu released Howling Village (Original title: Inunaki mura) based on Japanese urban legend. However, the story has been modernized. Takashi combines the old story with modern events.

Howling Village Movie Ending Explained in Details

* * * Spoiler Alert – If you haven’t seen the movie yet, turn back now! * * *

In the opening scene of the movie, we see that Akina & her boyfriend Yuma was standing in front of a telephone booth. This is late night, almost 2 am. They came here to explore the rumors associated with a village called Inunaki.

There is common folklore that every night at 2 AM a call comes from Inunaki village at the phone booth next to the Red Bridge. And if anyone receives the call then in a miraculous way a path is created through the tunnel next to the bridge.

But the interesting thing is there is no such village called Inunaki from the government history of Japan. This Inunaki village is commonly popular as a cursed urban legend worldwide. That’s why many online content creators & explorers try to make content about this place. Many have been lost or even died while trying to revive the mystery of this village.

Also tonight, Akina and Yuma will reveal the secret.

At exactly 2 o’clock, the telephone rang and Akina received the call. However, no one can be heard from that pass of the call. Instead, sounds like water flow is heard.

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Now, according to legends, the path should be opened. So, they started heading through the tunnel. Akina was in the lead and Yuma was shooting with the camera.

At one point they reached the very end of the tunnel. And surprised to see a board where it was written that

From this point forward, the constitution and laws of japan do not apply here.

This means, after this point, no Japanese rules will work here.

Here, Yuma keeps talking about backing up. But Akina is determined to move forward.

After going some distance ahead, they saw some old & abandoned houses. At this time Akina needs to use the washroom. So, she decided to use one of these house’s toilets.

Yuma was now alone. So he was looking around the place. Suddenly he found a cage and heard the sound of a barking dog. Yuma went near to the cage and was surprised to find that there were no animals at all. There was just after the old skeleton of a dead dog.

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Akina scared inInunaki village.

Meanwhile, as Akina enters the washroom, she realizes that someone has locked her door from the outside. She also heard some noises outside the door. Suddenly few hands tried to attack Akina from outside. So she was very scared and immediately move from the house.

Yuma also saw a dark spirit and he was scared too. Akina & Yuma meet again and decide that leave the village as soon as possible.

Movie scene changes here.

In the next scene, we saw a lady named Kanaya who was a psychiatrist. We saw another lady come to Kanaya for his boy named Roytar.

For the last few days, Roytar became silent & depressed. He wasn’t talking to anyone. Roy has had very bad dreams several times in the last few days. And woke up scared.

Roy’s parents thought he was hiding something from them. So they decided to consult with a psychiatrist.

Kanaya wanted to talk with Roy alone so all but two of them left the room.

In this session Roy let Kanaya know that he is seeing a spirit for the last few days and the spirit introduced herself as Mother. The spirit didn’t want to tell Roy to his parents about her existence. This was Roys’ secret.

At the end of the session when he leaves, Roy suddenly points to one side of the room. Kanaya noticed the spirit of a woman standing on that corner.

Here scene changes and back to Akina.

The incident at Inunaki village has badly affected Akina. After the event, she became mentally unstable. She sketches many weird things, suddenly started laughing for no reason, sang the same song many times, even urinates when walking.

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Akina sketching weird things after returning from Inunaki tunnel

In the next scene, we saw Yuma & Kanaya talking. From their discussion, we know that they are brother-sisters and Yuma wants help from Kanaya for Akina. Yuma told Kanaya that the strange behaviors of Akina started after the Inunaki village events. He also assumed that the main reason for abnormal Akina was the curse of Inunaki.

In the middle of the conversation, a boy came towards them named Kota. He was their younger brother. Kota got a project from his school about the rumor of Inunaki village. So he wanted to listen more about Inunaki village from Yuma.

At this time their father Mr. Morita came there and told Kota with an angry tone to avoid any kind of Inunaki matters.

The next day Kanay visited Akina’s house. At the house, Kanaya noticed some negative ghostly vibes and felt very uncomfortable. Then that day Akina suicide in front of Kanaya by falling from a high tower.

The autopsy of Akina was performed by Dr. Yamanobi informed that the death of Akina did not occur by falling from a high place but she died by drowning in the water. He also reported that Akina was pregnant.

By all-knowing, Yuma fully believed in the curse of Inunaki village and became very angry. He decided to seal the tunnel so that in the future none can go to the village.

Yuma called some of his friends and went to the tunnel. But they were shocked to see that the tunnel was already sealed. Yuma was shocked too because he knew the tunnel was open when they came here last time. So, he decided to go inside the tunnel and find out the reason.

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Sealed Inunaki tunnel

We find from the next scene Kota was hiding in the backside of Yumas’ car. So he also reached the tunnel. Kota came here with a hand camera and started shooting everything.

After some time Kota heard noises from the inside of the tunnel-like someone called him with his name. So Kota became confused and entered the tunnel.

Then we saw screaming Yuma into the tunnel because he was surrounded by many spirits. The sound of Yuma’s screams was heard by his friends and they become very afraid. They went back to Mr. Morita and told him what happened.

Mr. Morita called the police and they all again back to them in front of the tunnel. Police found Kotas’ hand camera. So they made sure that Yuma & Kota was inside the tunnel and something bad happened to them. But the situation was so complicated that the police were afraid of entering the tunnel. Even the police didn’t want to allow others to enter. Yuma’s mother tries to enter the tunnel so hard but the police stop her too. Middle of this she saw something inside the tunnel and became stunned. After that, she started behaving strangely and abnormally.

Here scene changes to Kanaya. Roy’s mother called Kanaya and told her that Roy became so sick that he was admitted to the hospital. In the meantime, she also informed that Dr. Yamanobi (who perform the autopsy of Akina) was also admitted to the hospital. Kanaya went to the hospital and decided to stay at night.

At night Kanaya sat next to Roy’s bed and slept a little. After a while, she woke up and saw that Roy wasn’t in his bed. She came out and find Roy standing in front of Dr. Yamanobi’s cabin.

Kanaya asked Roy what was he doing there? Roy replied that he came here for calling his grandfather. Kanaya became very confused. She entered Dr. Yamanobi’s room and she saw many dark spirits was surrounded them. All the spirits were singing the same song. The meaning of the song:

If the crop goes bad, then destroy it.

Suddenly those spirits started to catch Kanaya and Roy. So they ran away to the corridor. At that time, they saw Dr. Yamanobi’s spirit and it shouted to Kanaya & Roy,

Only your blood has the power to destroy the curse.

Out of nowhere, a nurse enters the place and surprisingly everything becomes normal as if nothing had happened. The nurse informed Kanaya that Dr. was dead just before 2 minutes ago.

At that moment, Kanaya realized that somehow Roy is connected to the tunnel, Akina and Inunaki village. Because when she met Akina then she was also singing the same song which was sung by the spirits.

The next day Kanaya went to meet Roy’s parents and they revealed that Roy was not their child. Their own child died on the day of birth. At the same time, another woman give birth to a boy and died. So the baby boy had none to look after. Then they decided to adopt the child and now that baby boy is Roytar.

The scene changes here and we saw one of Yumas’ friends standing towards the tunnel. His car broke down. He called other friends for help and two of them came after a while. When reached they saw the broken car was still there but their friend was missing. They were looking around the place but failed.

Thus, it is 2 o’clock at night and the call comes to the phone booth. One of them received the call but the opposite was silent. Suddenly they feel that the booth is locked from outside and many spirits were surrounding the booth. All of a sudden water began to seep into the booth and it arises to fill up. The spirits were singing the same song and the booth was filled with water. They died here.

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In the next scene, we saw Kanaya and Mr. Morita was talking about the Inunaki village and Mr. Morita told her that their family was related to this curse.

So Kanaya went to her grandfather for more information. After going there, she remembers that her grandmother was the ability to see the spirits too. She realized that the gift she got came from her grandma.

Whatever Kanaya asked her grandfather about the village. Then he said that a long time ago there was a little village named Inunaki. But the dam broke and the village was washed away in the flood.

After that Kanaya came outside and remember one day she was sitting in that place with her grandmother. That day she saw a boy standing in some distance. Strangely she noticed that boy standing in the same place now. The boy was looking the same age and the same dress.

Today Kanaya came to get acquainted with the boy. The name of the boy was Kenji and he enlightens Kanaya that he had a huge collection of Inunaki village. Then Kenji gave some documents about the village and Kanaya started to watch them.

We know from the documents that Inunaki was a little village. But one day a power company came to the village to build a hydraulic powerhouse. So they want the land of the village. But the villagers were not agreed to leave their land.

The power company was so hungry for profit. Thus they decide to abandon the villagers darkly. After that what the power company did with the villagers was not less than any curse.

They illegally convinced the government and remove every symbol of the village from the map. So, officially there was no such village named Inunaki. After that, a signboard was funded in the entry of the tunnel which we saw in the opening scene of the movie.

From this point forward, the constitution and laws of japan do not apply here.

Power companies leave wild dogs in the village and many villagers died for that. Men from power companies caged villagers and feed them the dogs. Their evil men sexually abuse girls too. Then one-night power company opens a dam and the broken village was washed away forever.

By this video, Kanaya finds out that the owner of the power company was none other than her great-grandfather. That’s why their family is cursed by Inunaki villagers.

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Kanaya received the call on the phone booth of Hawling village which is situated next to the tunnel.

Then we saw Kanaya & Kenji waiting for the call in front of the phone booth. As usual, the phone rings at 2 AM. Kanaya received the call. Kanaya heard that Yuma & Kota wanted help from the other side of the call. And then Kanaya & Kenji headed through the tunnel.

When they reached the village then it seems like they have reached in the past. The village was broken but not abandoned. Many dead bodies are scattered here and there. Blood was everywhere. They found Yuma & Kota captive in a cage. Kanaya freed them.

After that, they found a recently born baby boy in the next cage. And the mother was senseless near the boy.

Kenji told Kanaya that the village would flood very soon. Also, Kanaya should take the baby and go outside of the tunnel. This boy will be the last bloodline of the Inunaki village. So if the boy lives then the curse will be removed.

So all of them were moving through the tunnel. At that time Maya (mother of the baby) chases them to take her boy. She already transferred into a demon. Yuma & Kenji tried to stop Maya and Kota & Kanaya with the boy finally skipped the tunnel.

After coming out from the tunnel Kanaya didn’t find the baby. Then Kanaya & Kota became unconscious.

When Kanaya woke up she was in a hospital. After that, she had been informed by police that her brother Yumas’ dead body was found in the tunnel with two very old skeletons. It is easy to understand that the other two skeletons were Kenji & Maya.

In the last scene, we saw a baby boy was lying on a road and a family took the baby with a smile. The scene looked like somehow the place was in the past.

The movie ends here.

Howling Village Movie Review

To be honest, it seems that the bad aspects outweigh the good. The movie is truly boring and disappointing for my taste.

Director Takashi Shimizu tries to connect the curse of the village with a family. Is it really necessary to have a secondary plot about the boy and his late mother? I don’t think so.

Instead of wasting all of my time on those boring subplots, I’d rather build tunnels and villages. Although these are the best parts of the movie, they are mostly broken before the final scene.

The movie won’t be much of a problem for me if this is the only problem. There is nothing logical about the whole final scene, which completely undermines the movie’s impact.

What piercing do you have? There’s a friendly ghost involved, along with a trip back in time.

I think another interesting aspect of Inunaki is that it is a real urban legend. Director tries to alter folklore and solve the curse. He changes Inunaki but in no way makes sense.

The walk through the town is another problem. As the film progresses, the village spirit becomes creepier and more terrifying, making you feel like you’re being chased by it non-stop. Is this the direction the movie should take? Huh! No fear, no chills, not even something terrible. A terrible, terrible disappointment. The whole climax of the movie ruined my movie because it was so ridiculous.

The visual effects, especially for Maya, are also awful. Her transformation is not terrible at all, it is uncomfortable rather than terrifying.

The visual effects in spirits aren’t particularly spectacular, but they’re decent enough and scaring enough when it counts. Honestly, I was expecting some great horror footage, but what I saw was J-horror’s usual fare.

It took me two-thirds of the movie to watch Howling Village. Despite some unnecessary slow parts, I enjoyed it generally. There is a plot, the characters are interesting, the premise is interesting…all the elements of a good horror film!

The beginning of the movie and the middle of the movie seem like they have a lot of potentials. It suddenly changed from creepy and horrible to stupid and absurd in the last third of the film. This ruined all the progress made by the film. The result was incredibly boring and unsatisfying.

Good Points

  • There consist some interesting materials in the film.
  • Some scenes are really creepy and remind me that it’s a horror film.
  • The two-third is really enjoyable.

Bad Points

  • The whole third is bullshit!
  • Poor visual effects.
  • Too many plot holes.

Recommendation

Howling Village (2019) is recommended as a ‘one time watch’ supernatural horror film by Brainless Pen.

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