PLOT: On a camping trip in Hawaii, three art students bet on who can tell the best supernatural story. According to the rules, each tale must have three items: a metaphysical piece, a character with green eyes, and a Japanese location.
The three young campers try to outwit each other as they bring three famous Japanese ghost stories to the world, but things take an eerie turn as each tale takes them deeper into the “Story Game.”
CAST: Alberto Rosende, Greer Grammer, Ayumi Ito, Lyrika Okano, Mari Yamamoto, Hyunri, Ken Yamamura
DIRECTOR: Jason K Lau
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