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Sae Kurosawa is the main antagonist in Fatal Frame II. She was the last twin sacrificed, whose failed ritual was the final straw that caused the Repentance to occur, wiping All God’s Village from the map in one horrific night.
Sae was born in All God’s Village along with her twin sister Yae. The girls were the only children of Ryokan Kurosawa, the acting Ceremony Master at the time of the Repentance. Although Sae was born first, she was considered the younger and weaker twin based on the belief system of the village. Given the social status of twins in the village, it is likely that the twins had very few friends except each other growing up. Their diaries, notes, and official artwork suggest however that they were both close with the Tachibana twins, Itsuki and Mutsuki.
When Sae and Yae were 14, Itsuki and Mutsuki performed the Crimson Sacrifice Ritual. Unfortunately, the boys’ ritual failed. The responsibility then fell on Sae and her sister to complete the ritual successfully one year later. It is unknown how much the twins were told about the ritual beforehand. Since their father was the ceremony master and their friend a Remaining, however, they probably knew what the ritual entailed. Sae, realizing that in time she and Yae would grow apart, wanted nothing more than to complete the ritual and “become one” with her sister. Yae, however, was opposed to the ritual, believing it cruel and unnecessary. With Itsuki’s help, she planned on escaping with Sae. Sae went along with the idea only because Yae wished it.
While Sae and Yae were undergoing their cleansing to prepare for the ritual, the folklorist, Seijiro Makabe, and his apprentice Ryozo Munakata arrived at the village to conduct research on local customs. Ryozo was an old friend of Itsuki’s and had promised to take care of Sae and Yae after their escape. The visitors were greeted by the Kurosawa Family, and treated well. Seijiro took a photo of Sae and Yae with the Camera Obscura. Sae’s face showed up horribly blurred in the photo, and she remarked that such was “interesting to see.” Despite the initial warm welcome given to the visitors, Sae and Yae believed their father was planning on using the men as Kusabi sacrifices. They took Seijiro a map showing a side door leading out of the house and the key to unlock it. They warned him that the Hidden Ceremony was approaching and told him to leave during the night. Seijiro sent Ryozo away but stayed behind, ultimately to be sacrificed. Before leaving, Ryozo whispered to Yae that he would return for her and Sae on the night of the ceremony. Sae mused in her diary that her and Yae’s completion of the ritual would appease the Hellish Abyss and prevent people from having to suffer further.
When the time came, Itsuki led the girls into the forest and showed them the path out of the village. He told them to go ahead of him and warned them not to look back as Sae looked back at her friend one last time. Yae followed the forest path without looking back, while Sae struggled to keep up, begging Yae to not leave her. Not wanting to escape, Sae slipped and fell on purpose, believing Yae would stop for her, so that both would be caught and ultimately be forced to perform the ritual. Yae, however, didn't notice Sae falling behind her and kept going. A mob of villagers soon caught up to Sae and took her back to the village. She waited for Yae's return, insisting that her sister would come back for her.
While waiting for Yae's return, Sae went to see Itsuki one last time before the festival, by visiting the Tsuchihara storehouse where he was locked in as punishment for helping her and Yae escape. Upon entering the building, she discovered Itsuki had committed suicide by hanging himself. She cried, blaming herself and saying, “If it was to come to this... we should have done the ritual.” She resolved to complete the ritual alone.
Although no Twin Shrine Maiden had ever completed the ritual alone, Ryokan was growing desperate because of the horrible rumbling coming from the Abyss. He decided to go ahead and perform the ritual with Sae alone, hoping she could appease the Abyss. In another of her diaries, Sae wondered if she would be able to become a butterfly without Yae. Still, she hoped that Yae would come back in time and complete the ritual with her.
In 1988, the Amakura twins, Mio and Mayu, became trapped in the village. Sae's spirit possessed Mayu and urged Mio, whom she called Yae, to complete the ritual. Mio followed Sae all the way down to the Abyss, where she and Mayu completed the Crimson Ritual in the Kurosawa twins' stead. Their ritual was successful, and Sae's spirit, as well as her curse, was finally put to rest.
Instead of following Mayu into the Kurosawa House, Mio exits the village through the Kureha Shrine. Sae's ghost pursues and grabs Mio who then wakes up alone. Mayu and Sae's voices are heard vowing to wait for their sisters forever.
Instead of causing Mio to perform the ritual, Sae's vengeful spirit attacks her. After Mio defeats Sae with the Camera Obscura, Sae's ghost splits from Mayu. Mio rushes forward and grabs Mayu's hand, saving her, while Sae plummets into the Abyss with a shrill scream.
As Mio runs down to the Hellish Abyss to find her sister, Mio's body 'splits' and the spirit of Yae bursts forth from her. Yae apologizes to her sister for running away, and the two hold hands as their red ceremonial rope reforms around their waists. Together, hand in hand, both jump into the Abyss, as Mio narrowly manages to pull Mayu from Sae's body. The two emerge as a single crimson butterfly, the curse is lifted, and the spirits of everyone who have died in the village are released.
Fatal Frame III
Although her spirit was no longer actively haunting the village and bringing in people to it, she still appears briefly in one of Kei's dream sequences into the Manor of Sleep, surrounded by bodies in the Great Hall.
File Photos of Sae
- Sae is one of the very few enemies in the series that instantly kills with one touch.
- Sae's blood-soaked kimono is an unlockable costume for Mayu Amakura in Fatal Frame II.
- Sae's ghost appears in two forms, a vengeful spirit called Bloody Kimono and a sad apologizing spirit called White Kimono.
- Kurosawa is the last name of famous Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, who Fatal Frame creator Keisuke Kikuchi has mentioned is one of his favorite directors.
- Ultimately, Sae still shares a similar death to her sister, as both were hanged, although Yae's hanging was suicide.
- Sae wears her kimono the 'dead' way, right over left. In Japan, this is only done for burial when one is deceased.
- For quotes by Sae, see Quotes: Sae Kurosawa.
- For other members of the Kurosawa family, see Kurosawa Family.
- For other shrine maidens, see Shrine Maiden.
- For other rituals in Fatal Frame II, see Fatal Frame II Rituals.
- For other antagonist ghosts in the Fatal Frame Series, see Antagonist Ghosts.
- For other twin pairs, see Twins.
- For articles related to Sae, see Related Articles:Sae Kurosawa.
- For images related to Sae, see Images of Sae Kurosawa.
- For Fan Theories related to Sae, see Theory: Sae Kurosawa.