For this time, I would like to write articles about Japanese horror movies for those who do not live in Japan. I am going to be longer than I imagined, so I will post it in a couple of times.
I read an article on an English site introducing Japanese horror movies, but none of them introduced the same movie. Duplicate too! So, for those who want to know more, I will introduce my favorite movies. Therefore, there may be things that have not been released overseas.
Since about 2010, I started posting articles on blogs that introduce horror movies. I am watching horror movies from all over the world including Japanese horror movies, horror movies from the United States, England, Germany, Hong Kong, Thailand and Korea. I love nothing more than horror movies trembling the heart.
Well then, I will introduce it from a famous Japanese horror movie!
1.リング (1998) /The Ring
“If you see the video tape, you will die one week later.” That rumor that seemed to be an urban legend.
However, as a result of the death of my niece, Reiko starts to examine video tapes.
It is the most famous horror film in Japan.
Horror novel is the original, but the content is arranged.
· The main character has been changed from male to female, emphasizing motherhood
· Emphasizing family ties by making a person examine the case together
It is also a movie that this arrange worked well.
The theme song “feels like” HEAVEN “” is also the most famous horror song in Japan.
The lyrics “Oooh Surely it will come” will remind you of the appearance of Sadako, but many words that are not like horror movies, such as “you can see angels from the end of clouds” and “give endless shine to you” I will.
Sadako that appears in the “ring” is also a horror character that represents Japan. A white dress, a face not seen because of long hair is also impressive, but this is because it arranges images of Japanese ghosts in contemporary style. Also, the scene of “crawling up from the well” and “crawling out of the TV” has become famous. And it is revealed by novel that Sadako is intersex.
Like the “Juon” described later, many sequels are made.
In addition, it was remade in the United States (starring Naomi Watts) and Korea (Japan-Korea collaboration).
Director Hideo Nakata, who directed this film, is working on famous horror movies in Japan such as “THE JOYUREI” “dark water”. Director Hideo Nakata is as famous as the director of Takashi Shimizu in the world of Japanese horror movies.
He loves actress Takeuchi Yuko who played the hero’s niece and he said “I want to enter Takeuchi”.
If you look closely at the movie you will understand, but Sadako’s eyes do not have eyelashes.
Director Nakata demanded the actress to pull the eyelashes. However, the actress refused and got off the plate. As a result, the director assistant took eyelashes in ophthalmology over three hours and photographed.
A doctor with a past who inadvertently caused his child to die.
The doctor is responsible for the dissection of a friend who died of illness, but in his stomach there was a coded paper. And an unknown contagious virus is found from the friend ‘s corpse. The infection route was a videotape.
It is a sequel to “Ring”, and it was a simultaneous screening movie when it was released. At that time, the movie released in two pieces was unusual, it became a hot topic.
Therefore, Sadako appears in this movie as well.
Rather than a horror movie, there are elements like crime suspense and science fiction. The director is Joji Iida who has done a lot of horror taste TV dramas. He is also a script writer, who was responsible for writing a TV drama for the ring.
I have no hope in this movie. So the explanation is concise.
3.着信アリ (2004)/One missed call
Yumi of college students is a girl with peephole phobia. There is a mystery incoming on her best friend’s mobile phone. And then the friend jumped suddenly to the railroad and was killed by the train and died.
A curse of death is a contagious movie through a cellular phone.
· The caller is his cell phone
· The incoming call is a preliminary announcement of death, and the subject will be suspiciously deceased at the predicted time
· The next curse infects the phone number registered in the mobile phone
(That is, a friend of a deceased person and a lover surely die)
· The victim will surely die while suffering
In addition, the heroine ‘s Yumi has a unique setting.
· Mother was being abused
· From shock witnessing grandmother’s suicide, become a peephole phobia
In addition, this movie has a ringtone melody of death. This melody is common to all victims. This is said to be the theme song of the child program that the ghost girl liked.
It seems quite creepy to see eerie ghosts appearing on images and movies on mobile phones.
In this movie, a ghost girl named Mimiko chases the heroine.
Mimiko also has a very complicated background.
· Mimiko was an unwanted child born of sexual assault
· Mimiko used a seizure of asthma to be loved by her mother
· However, Mimiko stole her mother’s eyes and abused her sister
· Because of that, Mimiko was abandoned by her mother. So she was not noticed when she had a seizure, she died of choking a red candy in her throat.
As with cell phones, this red candy is an important item. Mimiko raised a red candy every time after abusing her sister. Therefore, she also puts red candy in the mouth of a human who killed. The scene where candy rolls out from the mouth of a dead man is very scary.
Although ghost girls have many horror movies of murderers, this movie is out of the way due to the high quality. I love this movie.
Director Takashi Miike is appearing in a movie ‘Hostel’ in a cameo.
Although there are also two sequels in this movie, the roots of Mimiko are drawn in “着信アリ 2″. The ghost of a woman in Taiwan seems to be the roots of Mimiko, but it is quite funny content.
In “着信アリ ファイナル”, Korea is the stage. It is a story told that bullying is revening on a school trip. It is interesting, but it is not more than the first work.
Arrogant and beautiful girl with beauty, Tomoe. The men get absorbed in herself for some reason.
A man sticks to taste, another man fears it and kills her. But whatever she does, she will not die but to play.
It is Junji Ito that drew the original manga. In a horror manga artist, Kazuo Umezu and Hideshi Hino are famous, but Junji Ito is also famous. His drawing touch is really scary. However, it is also a cat lover and publishes cat manga.
Director Ataru Oikawa is also a director and a script writer. I am overseeing the movie of Japanese horror novel “Higurashi no Naku Koro ni”.
The appearance that the head grows into a beautiful woman is beautiful, yet it is still creepy.
Heroine’s Miho kanno is a popular actress. Sometimes I played a heroine at the movie “Dolls” directed by Kitano Takeshi. In the horror movie “Hypnosis”, she plays a funny mysterious woman. Her laughter sounds almost like a madman, but she is usually very beautiful.
Nobody knows why Tomoe will not die and why he will come back to life. That is reinforcing fear. From the beginning to the end, I do not know anything about her
“Tomie” has been made eight consecutive. That starring has been changed every time. And none could go beyond the fear of the first work.
5.オーディション (1999) /Audition
A man trying to find a remarriage partner from a woman who came to a movie audition.
But he did not know how frightening a woman he liked.
It is a very popular work overseas, but in fact it is not well known in Japan. People who like horror movies know this movie, but most young people do not know this masterpiece.
The original is Ryu Murakami’s novel. In Ryu Murakami’s novel, “In the Miso Soup” is also recommended. A unique killer demon appears.
The leading actress Shiina Eni often appeared in a cult movie. She often appeared in Yoshihiro Nishimura’s work. Director Nishimura is also a special makeup artist with a great talent. “Tokyo cruel police” “battle poison meatball machine” is an action horror movie, both of which will show blood, meat pieces, brains a lot.
It is a white bag that looks like a human being falling into a dirty Japanese room.
A weapon of a murderer woman in white shirt, black leather apron, black skin gloves is a thread and a needle. She uses this weapon to torture the hero. It is a very simple fear.
In Japan, it is a relatively unusual, horror movie dealing with torture.
In addition, Renji Ishibashi acting as an old man of a wheelchair is also wonderful.
His role is pedophile, and abuses a woman’s crotch with a burning iron. He plays such a role, he is a good actor!
6.女優霊 (1996)/THE JOYUREI
A rookie film director finds strange images in his film. And since then the spiritual phenomenon begins to occur in the shooting center.
It is a movie made before ‘Ring’. And it is said to be one of the cornerstones of the current Japanese horror. It is also a debut of Director Hideo Nakata.
It’s a very quiet, scary movie. I should not have anything, but I feel a ghost feeling.
There is no flashy action or battle. So, some people say it is boring.
It is said that the ghost of a girl in this movie is the prototype of Sadako appearing in the movie “Ring”. The ghost of a girl in this movie is showing her face. Sadako became a character whose face was hidden because the director regretted that “ghosts who gave out his face were not scary.”
In Japan, it is a movie that only horror movie mania knows. It was remade in the United States in 2010, but it did not become a hot topic in Japan.
A fire in a mystery happens in a house in Tokyo. The cause of the fire is unknown, no body can be found. Kobayashi, who is regarded as the victim, was a picture producer and was investigating a certain strange phenomenon. But that curse comes down to him.
Director Koji Shiraishi handles a lot of drama and movies of horror taste fake documentary. Among the recent horror movie directors, he is a particularly talented person. His work is wonderful, such as “Grotesque” “Teketeke” “Shirome” “Occult” “a record of a gentle killer” “Sadako VS Kayako”.
Shiraishi often makes supernatural and spiritual ability, unidentified flying objects, curse techniques, exorcial ceremonies etc. appear in movies. You can enjoy the atmosphere in this movie as well. Japanese spirit capabilities are interesting and creepy, even from the Japanese perspective.
Moreover, the curse house that appears in this movie has a very strong impact. It is built up to the details, and it can be likable.
8.バトル・ロワイアル (2000)/Battle Royale
The Government of the “Great East Asia Republic” randomly selected classes from junior high school third graders across the country and corrected the murder game by calling it a program. Only one can survive the killing of the classmates who can live and return.
And, the hero’s class will be selected for this program. Who really survives?
The director is Kinji Fukasaku. He also supervised the series of “Battle without Honorable”. Kinji Fukasaku is a great director.
The original is a novel. It is drawn finely to the personality and appearance of 42 boys and girls, the family environment and its death, and became a best seller as a novel that has never existed.
This movie is designated as R15 + from extreme contents that middle school students kill each other.
Every student role was chosen from 6000 auditions. Originally, another actress was casting on the heroine, but she got down due to injury.
Instead, she played the girl of the last winner who appeared at the beginning. It is a girl who wore an orthodontic appliance on her teeth. She was bloody and laughing. She had a very strong presence.
Also, Director Takeshi Kitano plays a role as a crazy teacher leading students to kill. He is a great comedian, but he has a sense as an actor.
In Japan at that time juvenile crime was attracting attention. There was a boy who plays a bus jack and a bad group that attacks a good father with play. Therefore, there was also a meaning that satirized the society at that time.
In the sequel, there is a movie “Battle Royale II Resurrection”. Because Kinji Fukasaku died, his son took over the director.
Also, the sequel is an original work. Because of that, roughness is conspicuous in the screenplay and directing from the previous work.
9.ハウス HOUSE (1977)/HOUSE
Seven beautiful girls visit the country to spend summer vacation in a mansion. However, the house was a “youkai” that eats people. The girls are disappearing after being eaten by the mansion one by one.
This movie is a cult movie which is said to be “original ancestral Japanese horror”.
In this movie, the picture is very beautiful! I express nostalgic summer of Japan wonderfully.
It is very frightening to see a girl sacrificing one after another. However, comical scenes and conversations are included everywhere.
Also, video technology is very unique, colorful, pop and kitsch. It is also a big feature that the special effect which was still rare at the time is used. There are parts that you can feel on cheap now, but it is a very brilliant and innovative movie.
10.仄暗い水の底から (2002)/Dark water
A woman in mediation with her husband is taking a daughter and moving to a new apartment. The apartment has a lot of leaks, and an eerie phenomenon begins. In the phenomenon, a girl who was missing was involved.
Director Hideo Nakata, Suzuki Koji wrote an original novel. It is the same combination as the movie “Ring”.
Rain, water leaks, hair coming out of tap water. Not “blood”, but “water” will pursue parent and child.
In addition, the ghost of a girl appears effectively, and it mimics parent and child.
In America, it was remade with the title “dark water”, but the ending is a little different. The Japanese version has a bad aftertaste, and it has a closed impression. But neither is drawn on the axis of “maternity” “mother’s generous love”.
Death infection spreads through the Internet. One after another, friends and friends disappear, suicide, disappearance, strange phenomenon.
Can those who survive escape from the infection?
The story that death is infected through the Internet was epochal at that time. Also, how to die “leaving black shadows and disappearing” is also eerie.
People putting tapes in the gaps in the room and shutting themselves. Its appearance seems to be a casket from the zombies. However, the fear that this movie draws does not come in by breaking the door, but standing just behind the trembling person, it seems to be waiting to hit the shoulder.
This movie seems to be fantasy from beginning to end. From the beginning, this world painted in this movie is as if it is heaven. However, the darkness swallows them and breeds. They disappear to be pulled from hell.
This movie is being remade with the title “pulse” in the United States, but there has been a change in the woman to the hero. Although the last scene is a little different, I like the Japanese version of painless and lonely ending.
12.自殺サークル (2002)/Suicide Circle
From the platform of Shinjuku station in Tokyo, 54 high school girls jumped into the train holding hands and committed suicide. High school girls nationwide continue suicide. That chain will not stop.
The director is known as a goddess.
A few years ago when this movie was released, a unique boom centering on girls high school students was prevalent in Japan. School girls always wear school uniforms wearing a unique high-sock called “loose socks” and roaming in Shibuya.
It was around this time that the term “aid dating” came to be used frequently. In exchange for a high reward, it is to sell your body to men. School girls who earn more money than their fathers also existed.
Of course, that is only a small part. However, with this, the brand “girls high school student” became status. This distorted system still exists.
Our existence itself becomes money and a brand. But that period is too short. Also, many school girls know that men only have sexual interests in them, neither true love nor bonds are there. As a result, girls’ high school girls at the time were decadent and thrown away somewhere.
The famous is “Love & Pop” by Ryu Murakami’s original novel. This is a movie directed by Hideaki Anno who shot “Neon Genesis Evangelion” and “Shin Godzilla”.
The girls who appear in the “suicide circle” also leave a cool and sad impression.
It is Ishibashi Ryo who plays the criminal role of the hero. He is starring in the movie ‘Audition’.
Japanese prefer “normal”. We prioritize standards for society and standards for society.
The high school girls of this age were obviously not ordinary. Adults, while playing with them, made them subject to contempt. Adults appearing in the movies enter the world of girls steadily and are swallowed into the world.
And no matter how decadent they are, the girls who have energetic and explosive power in themselves overwhelm the adults.
I introduced a famous Japanese horror. Next, I will introduce my favorite works.
thank you for reading. I hope you have a nice encounter!
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