Some genres of Japanese movies are hard to “place” for Westerners, since they have no precise Hollywood equivalent. The ero guro (erotic and grotesque) genre, for example, is often lumped into the horror category by overseas festivals and DVD distributors, but the films are usually less about jack-in-the-box scares than forbidden sexual desires, set in a borderland between dream and reality.

Based on the second of three “Nanase” novels by Yasutaka Tsutsui, Kazuya Konaka’s “Nanase Futatabi: The Movie (Nanase Again)” would seem to be straight-ahead sci-fi. The mind-reading heroine, Nanase (Sei Ashina), joins with similarly psychically gifted companions to battle a mysterious organization that wants to wipe their kind off the face of the Earth.

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