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Fatal Frame III: The Tormented
Game Title Image
零 ~刺青の聲~
Zero ~Shisei no Koe~
Project Zero III: The Tormented
Developer(s): Tecmo
Publisher(s): Tecmo
Distributor(s): Tecmo & Take Two (Euro)
Release date: 2005 & 2006; rerelease (Japan) 2007
Genre: Survival Horror
Game modes: Easy, Normal, Hard & Nightmare
Ratings: US 17+, JP 15, EU 15.
Regions: Japan, US, Europe
Platform(s): PlayStation 2

Fatal Frame III: The Tormented is the third game in the Fatal Frame Series, and is exclusive to the PS2.


"I heard this house was haunted...too bad it's not."
―Rei Kurosawa (to Miku Hinasaki)src

"Why did I survive?"
This thought has haunted Rei ever since that day... The day she lost her fiancé in a car accident - while she was at the wheel.

One day, freelance photographer Rei Kurosawa receives an assignment to shoot pictures at an old Japanese manor. Rumor has it that the manor, situated deep in the mountains and miles from anywhere, is haunted.

During her work that day, Rei sees something inexplicable: her fiancé. Yuu Asou. As far as she knows, he is dead. Setting off in pursuit of her dead lover, Rei finds herself wandering deeper and deeper into the ruins of the abandoned mansion.

At the end of a crumbling passageway she turns a corner, and suddenly the scene around her changes. Snow is falling heavily, and reaching out ahead of her are rows and rows of countless gravestones. The scene bears no resemblance to the abandoned house where she has been taking pictures.

"Where am I? What is this place...?"
Afraid and confused, Rei begins her search for Yuu...

- - -

- Opening description from the "Fatal Frame III: the Tormented" manual.

Main Characters

Rei Kurosawa (黒澤怜) (23)

The main character. She is a freelance photographer suffering the loss and guilt of her recently deceased fiancé, Yuu Asou. One day, while shooting the remains of an old mansion, she catches a glimpse of her fiancé within a photo. Chasing him down the corridor, she finds herself in what appears to be a restored version of the mansion. She encounters spirits and rituals of the past until awoken from her daydream by her assistant, Miku Hinasaki. After that day, Rei begins to have violent and disturbing dreams set within the mansion. A painful blue tattoo spreads over her body each time she wakes, making Rei determined to find answers before her time is up.

Miku Hinasaki(雛咲深紅) (19)

Rei's assistant, and also a returning character from Fatal Frame.
Several years after her experiences at Himuro Mansion, Miku is living with Rei Kurosawa and has taken a job as her assistant. Not much is known about her within the first few chapters, but as the game progresses, Rei discovers that even after his death, Miku can't let go of the memory of her brother, allowing the tattoo to slowly consume her body as well.

Kei Amakura (天倉螢) (26)

A non-fiction writer conducting research into folklore and urban legends. He is also drawn into the Manor of Sleep in his search for answers regarding the condition of his niece, Mio Amakura. While they don't meet face to face until quite late in the game, he is able to provide Rei with information by means of his letters and research notes sent to his good friend (and Rei's fiancé) Yuu Asou. His Spirit Power is weak and he finds it difficult to fight off the ghosts that attack him. Instead he relies on a wealth of background knowledge and his superior health to help him confront the Curse of the Tattoo.


In Fatal Frame III, the chapters are called "hours". The character used (刻) can also mean "engraving", and the same character is also used in the name of the Engraving Shrine (刻宮).

Voice Cast

See Voice Actors (FF3)

Release dates

  • Japan - July 28th 2005
  • US - November 8th 2005
  • Europe - February 24th 2006
  • Japan re-issue (PlayStation 2 The Best) - July 6th 2006
  • Japan re-issue (PlayStation 2 The Best) - November 11th 2007
  • US PSN Store as a PS2 Classic - October 1st 2013[1]

Regional Differences

  • As always, the main series name differs in Japan, Europe, and North America.
  • Voice actors.
  • Whereas Crimson Butterfly is a literal translation of Fatal Frame II's subtitle, The Tormented is a new subtitle for the English versions of the game. Shisei no Koe translates to Call of the Tattoo.
  • There are a number of minor translation and transliteration errors and inconsistencies in the US and European versions.
  • In the original version of the game's ending, Yuu removes Rei's tattoos but does not absorb them. In the US and European versions, they visibly transfer to his skin.
  • While the Japanese version has an option to turn subtitles on, they do not display. Subtitles in all non-Japanese releases, however, do work.

Box Art

Promotional Material

Game Inspirations

Fatal Frame III takes influence from Japanese folklore and urban legends, as well as Makoto Shibata's personal experiences and dreams.

  • Some areas of the Manor of Sleep, in particular the Doll Altars, were inspired by things Shibata and Kikuchi saw on a research trip to Tono in Iwate Prefecture.[2]
  • The Manor of Sleep itself was based on an abandoned house Makoto Shibata used to play in as a child, where he saw the ghost of a woman pushing a pram.[2] He and his friends played a game that involved taking items from the house and pretending to investigate what had happened there, and this directly inspired the investigation style of Fatal Frame III, where the player and characters must piece together the story from fragmentary sources.[3]
  • A Japanese creature called a Baku who eats nightmares.[4]
  • A character in Japanese folklore called the Dream Buyer, who buys and sells good dreams.[4]

Supplemental Material

Misc. Info

  • The game's image colour is blue.
  • One theme of the game is fear of invasion.[5]
  • The theme song is Koe by Tsukiko Amano.
  • Mio Amakura was originally planned as the third character in this game.
  • Keywords for the game include tattoo, sleep, dream, suffer, lullaby, sacrifice, doll, and snow. [4]
  • This game is now discontinued.
  • For a list of staff who worked on the game, see Fatal Frame III Staff.
  • Keisuke Kikuchi has confirmed in the Japanese Fatal Frame 3 guidebook that the Photograph Ending is the canon ending to this game, and co-creator Makoto Shibata has stated on his Twitter account that the photograph ending is the true ending.

"Shisei no Koe has two endings, which are both basically the same. The version that is explained using the pictures during the credits is the version I intended (as the "true" ending)."[6]

  • Rei's Camera Obscura is the save icon for the game.
  • The game sold 0.08m units globally.[7]

Official Links


  1. The Drop: New PlayStation Releases for October 1st, 2013, retrieved September 30 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Creators Interview, Zero Shisei no Koe Complete Official Capture Book p244-9. English translation
  3. Fatal Frame III Dev Diary #4, Gamespy, 4 November 2005.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Project Zero 3: Q & A with Makoto Shibata, VideoGamer (offline), 6 June 2006.
  5. Shibata, Makoto. (October 28, 2005) "Fatal Frame III Developer Diary #3 (PS2)." Gamespy.com. Retrieved March 01, 2009 from http://ps2.gamespy.com/playstation-2/fatal-frame-3/662607p1.html
  6. Shibata, Makoto. (3.28am EST April 18, 2011) @fatalframers, Twitter. Retrieved April 18, 2011, from http://twitter.com/makoto_shibata
  7. VG Chartz, retrieved October 21 2012.
Fatal Frame Series
Fatal Frame - Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly - Fatal Frame III: The Tormented
Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse - Fatal Frame: Deep Crimson Butterfly - Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir
Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water

Characters and Ghosts
Player Characters
Rei Kurosawa - Miku Hinasaki - Kei Amakura
Major Characters/Ghosts
Reika Kuze - Amane Kuze - Kaname Ototsuki - Yoshino Takigawa - Yuu Asou - Yashuu Kuze - Akito Kashiwagi - Kyouka Kuze - Hisame Kuze - Shigure Kuze - Minamo Kuze - Mio Amakura - Mayu Amakura - Mafuyu Hinasaki
Minor Characters/Ghosts
Ruri - Dr. Kunihiko Asou - Tengai Narumi - Naoya - Masumi Makimura - Miyako Sudo - Ozawa - Serizawa - Musubi Osaka - Tsuzuri Osaka - Makie Kuzuhara - Kozue Kuzuhara - Kiriko Asanuma - Shizu Amakura - Engravers - Men in White - Kizuna Himuro - The Kusabi - Stroller Grandma - Black Shadow - Engraved Men
Amakura Family - Asou Family - Boat of Passing - Camera Obscura - Crimson Butterfly - Echo Stone Earrings - Final Impalement - Handmaidens - Handmaiden's Song - Himuro Family - Impalement Ritual - Impaling the Sin - Indigo ink - Ink of the soul - Igushi Doll - Kushimi Doll - Kuze Code - Kuze Family - Lost Patients - Miasma - Outsiders - Piercing of the Soul - Red ink - Rite of Commandment - Sacrificial Pillars - Snake & Holly Tattoo - Spirit Tree - Spirited Aways - Tattooed Curse - Tattooed Priestess - The Rift - The Tearing - The Unleashing - Worshippers
Rei's House
Altar Room - Bathroom - Darkroom - Doorway - Kitchen - Living Room - Miku's Room - Rei's Room - Yuu's Room
Manor of Sleep
Abyss - Abyss of the Horizon - Bell Hallway - Blind Room - Book Storeroom - Chamber of Thorns - Doll Altars - Enclosed Room - Engraving Shrine - Futon Room - Grave Courtyard - Hall with Tatami - Hanging Prison - Hearth Room - House of Sleep - Kimono Room - Kuze Shrine - Last Passage - Library - Partitioned Room - Projection Room - Rift Shrine - Room with Blind - Shrine of Sleep - Spirit Tree Garden - Stained Corridor - Stairs Hallway - Tattoo Altar - Well Room - Wooden Figure Room
Himuro Mansion area
Confinement Room - Foyer - Great Hall - Preserve Room - Rope Hallway - Rope Palace
Minakami Village area
Confinement Room - Great Hall - Hearth Room - Kimono Room - Rope Temple - Twins' Room
Kukaiji Temple - Minakami Dam - Myojin Village - Katsuragi Hospital
Camera Obscura - Save points - Films - Flashlight - Lenses - Functions - Special Abilities - Spirit list - Health items
Tsukiko Amano - Koe - Handmaiden's Song
More Pages
Hours - Items - Notes - Photographs - Costumes - Endings - Rei's Notebook - Zero Shisei no Koe Comic Anthology