Netflix’s Re/Member Ending Explained: Why Does Asuka Appear In The End Credits Scene In The Newspaper?
Remember on Netflix is perfect if you’re looking for a fun, cheesy, and spooky movie this weekend. Released in Japan in 2022 but added to Netflix this week, this Japanese teen horror film has everything you could want: time loops, a funny looking monster, romance, a found family, and even a fun trip to the beach. And yes, it’s based on a manga, thanks for asking.
The manga in question was originally called Karada Sagashi (which means “Body Search” in English) by Welzard with art by Katsutoshi Murase and was published in 17 volumes, which were completed in 2017. Adapted by Welzard and Murase and directed by Eiichirô Hasumi, the 2022 film is hardly high art, it’s a lot of fun. The concept revolves around six teenagers trapped together in a time warp who must piece together a dismembered body – or, if you will, remember the body – before they are all brutally murdered by a monster.
It’s a cool premise, but execution can be confusing at times. Besides the Remember The film contains a post-credits scene with a plot twist that needs some explanation. Read on for those Remember ending explained, including a breakdown of what it means Remember credits scene.
Remember Plot Summary:
The film begins with a little girl running away from a mysterious man with an axe. The killer eventually catches the little girl and presumably chops her up.
An end credits sequence from Russian newspapers tells us that this little girl was murdered in 1947 and that there was a “corpse search” for her remains. Then we see footage of a Russian prisoner being interrogated saying, “You replaced her and became her victim. And they disappeared without a trace.” Then we see a creepy Russian book that says: “The same day always repeats itself. It never stops until all the body parts are found.”
cut to date. Asuka Morisaki (played by Kanna Hashimoto) is a shy, lonely high school student who feels invisible to her peers. She also sees spooky visions of a bunch of bloody hands coming out of the spooky fountain at her school. But she manages to get out of her shell when she gets sucked into a time warp with five other students. Each day, the six teenagers live through the day of July 5, when they have a normal school day, and then at night are transported to their school’s chapel, where an empty coffin stands with the imprint of a corpse. There, one by one, they are brutally murdered by a monster they call the Red Person, who looks like a little girl covered in blood. Obviously this must be the same little girl from the opening of the film.
One of the students, Shota (Kotarô Daigo), the nerd, quickly deduces that the teenagers are caught in a “body search” and must find all body parts and bring them back to the coffin to break the spell. It’s cruel, but the teens start finding the body parts at school and luckily the time warp saves their progress. Plus, the kids become friends. They even spend a fun day at the beach together, similar to the stereotypical “beach episode” of an anime series. (Remember, this is based on a manga!)
Eventually, all body parts except the head were recovered. The teenagers decide to search the house where the little girl died in 1947, hoping to find clues as to where the head might be. They find the little girl’s doll hidden in the wall, and although they don’t see her, the little girl’s ghost also appears. Then the doll disappears. That night, the teenagers in the chapel are confronted with a new terrifying monster in place of the Red Person. It’s tall, lanky, and looks like a hairy gumby. They all die that night, as always, but one of the girls, Rie, is eaten by the monster.
When they wake up the next day, July 5th, everything is different. Especially Rie is not there. No one outside of the time warp has heard of Rie. The teens realize that by finding the doll, they awakened this new monster, and if they are eaten by the monster, they will be erased from existence. So the pressure is on to find that head and break the curse.
Remember end explained:
Asuka, our protagonist, confronts the school librarian who has been suspicious. It turns out that the librarian did a strip search himself once, but he doesn’t really remember doing it. Because when you complete the strip search, you’ll forget you ever did it. And that means all those meaningful friendships that were forged will be forgotten.
Asuka tearfully tells her love interest Takahiro that if they succeed, she will forget him. Takahiro gives Asuka his tie pin and promises that he will find her way back. Asuka shares her theory that the little girl’s head is hidden in the new monster’s head. She is right! The teenagers cut the monster open and the head falls out. Everyone but Asuka gets eaten that night, but luckily she manages to get her head in the coffin.
The next day – July 6th – everyone is alive and back to normal. But nobody remembers what happened. In the news, Asuka sees that the remains of a human skull have been discovered by a construction worker in her school’s spooky well. Although none of the teenagers recall being friends, they are all chosen to sit on a school committee together. On the way to their meeting, Asuka drops Takahiro’s tie pin. Takahiro picks it up and suddenly seems to remember everything. He runs to Asuka, gives her back the pin and tells her he found it. Asuka smiles like she remembers too. And with that the film ends.
…But wait, there’s more!
Is there a Remember Post-credits scene?
Yes. At the very end of Remember Credits, there is an after credits scene that suggests the story isn’t over yet. The camera returns to a shot of the spooky fountain at the school and plunges into the bottom of the fountain. At the bottom of the well is a crumpled newspaper with the headline ‘Second Grade Girl Brutally Murdered in Cottage’. It’s the murdered girl whose body the teenagers had to find.
But then the headline magically transforms before our eyes. The new headline reads, “Second Grade Girl Brutally Murdered on Amusement Park Grounds.” Also, the picture in the newspaper of the girl changes from “Miko Onoyama (age: 8)” to “Asuka Morisaki (age: 8)”.
What?! Asuka Morisaki is the protagonist’s name!
What is the Remember Importance of the credits scene?
So why is Asuka’s name in the newspaper? She wasn’t brutally murdered at the age of 8 because she grew up to be a lonely teenager who helped break a time loop curse…right?
Or was it she? Is it possible that Asuka was a ghost all along? After all, she could have visions that the other students couldn’t see, like maggots in Miko Onoyama’s picture in the school library. And she spoke of feeling invisible after a nasty rumor surfaced that she was faking the illness that kept her out of school. “After I got better and went back to school, no one spoke to me,” she told Takahiro. Is that because kids suck or because Asuka is a ghost girl!?
Or is it just that Asuka is cursed now, just like the little girl named Miko was cursed? The film doesn’t give details, apparently hoping to get viewers braced for a possible sequel. But my money’s in Asuka being a ghost. There is no news about a sequel yet, and the manga, Karada Sagashi Kai, came to a conclusion in 2017. For now we just have to wait and see.