Today: We’re recapping the Japanese horror movie Exte: Hair Extensions…
Tomorrow: We’ll use this story recap as a springboard into a discussion on the importance of weaving (ha! ha!) a compelling user experience for your product.
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Key plotpoints of this goofy, disturbing, heart-breaking movie are pictured below. You have been warned!
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Customs agents discover a 20-foot container filled with human hair–and the body of a missing girl. In the morgue, Yamazaki, the deviant night watchman, discovers that the dead girl is growing hair at an incredible rate. He steals the body and harvests the non-stop hair for extensions which he sells to local salons.
Yuko is an up-and-coming hair stylist at one of these local salons. After a hard day at work, Yuko comes home to discover that her drunken half-sister, Kiyomi, has dumped her eight-year-old daughter, Mami, off at Auntie Yuko’s house–possibly forever.
Which can only be a good thing for Mami, as Yuko quickly deduces that Kiyomi is abusing Mami.
Kiyomi returns for Mami, and Yuko rebuffs her–but not before Kiyomi shatters Yuko’s self-confidence by dredging up painful secrets from the past.
Meanwhile, yes–the haunted hair extensions begin killing unsuspecting women as Yamazaki grows ever more demented–and comes into contact with Mami and Yuko, betraying a very strange attraction to their hair.
Kiyomi eventually kidnaps Mami. Kiyomi accidentally saves Mami by forcing her into a closet–just before the haunted hair extensions attack.
After Mami is released from the hospital into Aunt Yuko’s care, Yuko takes Mami to the salon for a makeover… and weaves (the unknowingly haunted) extensions into the little girl’s hair.
Later, the police arrive at Yuko’s salon, hot on the trail of the serial killer doling out extensions with the exact same DNA. That’s when Yuko realizes her mistake. She hurries home, only to find she’s too late!
Yamazaki kidnaps Yuko and Mami, bringing their unconscious bodies to his apartment… which is completely overrun with hair. When he angrily snips the hair extensions off Mami’s head, Yamazaki is destroyed by the ghost of the dead girl he’s been cannibalizing for hair extensions.
The dead girl finds peace, and Yuko and Mami vow to continue their journey to becoming world-class hairstyles.
Tomorrow: We’ll use this story recap as a springboard into a discussion on the importance of weaving (*sorry*) a compelling user experience for your product.
Listen to Yamazaki sing about hair in this disturbing “Music Video Trailer” for Exte: Hair Extensions. Contains spoilers plus some really creepy imagery.