The mainstream of recent Japanese horror movies is as follows.
1. Horror movie with young beauty actress as hero
2. “horror experience that everyone has heard” “horror movie with motif” urban legend ”
Horror movies that feature actresses on sale are commonplace, but in Japan where girls’ groups emerged from around 2010, every girl has appeared in a horror movie. Although some interesting works are also available, most movies are fake.
Also, hundreds of movies that reproduce fear experiences and urban legends have been released and there is considerable unevenness in quality as well. Some also have a wonderful mood momentum, but I do not like it.
However, there are also many unique works of special mention.
13.死国（1999）/Shikoku（A country of death）
Nako came home after becoming an adult. Nako is surprised to learn that her childhood friend died at the age of 16. Actually, she seems to have been killed by evil spirits during the ritual of the descent. And a strange phenomenon begins to occur around Nako.
It is a movie set in Kochi Prefecture in Shikoku district in Japan. Shikoku has 88 sanctuaries. To pilgrim this 88 pilgrimage place is called “Ohenro”. Originally it is a wish for good health and luck, but this movie is drawn as a ceremony to bring back the dead. Because it is said that the dead will be resurrected if you cross over 88 places in the opposite direction by the number of dead. This is called “Gyaku-uchi”.
However, this is an urban legend to the last.
In this movie, actress Kuriyama Chiaki who also appeared in “Kill Bill” plays an eerie girl reviving as a ghost. It’s as beautiful as a creepy girl like a Japanese doll. Her performance and enjoying the beautiful landscape of Japan’s countryside may be worth it.
Director: Takashi Shimizu
Cast: Yuka, Karina
In 1970, an incident happened where 11 people were murdered at a hotel in Gumma Prefecture. The criminal also mysteriously died, the incident entered the labyrinth.
Thirty-five years later, a project to produce a movie based on the case began. However, Nagisa of the leading actress will see the hallucination of a mysterious girl. Also, Yayoi, a college student, was also bothered by strange dreams.
What were they experiencing in the case 35 years ago-?
Among the work of director Takashi Shimizu, it is wonderful contents.
The tragedy is repeated after 35 years to make a mysterious murder case and it “can be done”. Of course, the atmosphere of the waste hotel is very creepy, as well as the characters connecting with a mysterious cause.
What are the ghosts of the dead spirits and mysterious girls appearing in places to try to tell them? There is no such worthy word as “the last of shock”.
What if my previous life was a victim of mass murder? And, beyond the time, “It” chase after you? Just imagining it will convey the horror of this movie.
15. アイアムアヒーロー（2015）/I am A Hero
Suddenly, a mystery infection occurred in Japan. Zombies called “ZQN” grow rapidly in a flash.
The hero is a cartoonist who can not sell, Hideo with delusions. He will continue the survival of the death to protect Hiromi who was a high school girl who he met by chance. And they will reach the outlet mall near Mt. Fuji.
Even in Japan, TV dramas with many zombie movies, zombie comics, zombies appeared due to the influence of “Walking Dead” popularity. However, this “I am a hero” was drawing attention from before its popularity. The original comic was also very popular, but the movie was a big hit.
ZQN appearing in this movie is strictly different from zombies. Although it has not been drawn so far in the movie, in fact this outrage is related to the life-space outside the space, so it will be originally classified as a SF work.
However, the appearance of infected people who run fast and run powerfully on people, have zodiac attraction for zombie movie lovers.
In addition, ZQN is the change of Japan’s Internet slang “DQN”. Its characteristics are “insane”, “rebellious against society” “lack of quality, no manners”, “troublesome people” “sometimes conduct criminal acts” human beings.
However, it is not a bad man like a real criminal.
Because this zombie version of DQN, it is ZQN.
The character of Hideo is very negative and indecisive. However, he possesses a hunting gun license as a hobby and has skills to shoot guns. Ownership of guns of ordinary people is not permitted in Japan, and he knows that it is a privileged main character alone.
In addition, Hodeo has the meaning of “hero” when written in kanji.
Hideo will visit outlet mall with Hiromi, but that masterpiece movie “zombie” will also have a great deal of relationship. Even in Japan, there is a theory that “if you are attacked by a zombie, you can survive if you stand at an outlet mall.” But, the humans who kept in there made a rank, old people and children are perfectly weak. The weak are oppressed and the women are treated sexually by the strong. Although it is a deployment which tends to be common in such a movie, it is quite exciting to see a lot of zombies and one person crossing over from a zombie attack there.
It is unusual for Japanese horror, full of grotesque depiction.
16.人狼ゲームシリーズ（2013-）/ Jinro Game（＝Human wolf game series）
High school boys and girls who were abducted abruptly and trapped in a building.
They will participate in the “human wolf game” where they lived their lives.
It is a psychological game that is popular in Japan and is performed by multiple people as a motif.
Each participant is assigned a role. There are villagers (citizens), wolves, fortune-tellers, knights and others.
Participants can see the wolf through talks and exile one person per day during the daytime hours. However, during the evening hours, wolves can kill only one person other than their colleagues.
The villagers win by seeing all the wolves, conversely if the wolves can be the same as the villagers, they win.
Fortune-tellers can predict the identity of other people once a day. Knights can protect only one person you choose from the attacks of the wolves at night (knights can not protect themselves). It is a game playing while utilizing such a role, while using lies and triggers well. Rules and positions are different for each game.
A horror movie that survived by confined high school students is a “human wolf game” using this human wolf game as a motif. Several sequels have been made so far, and it is also famous that many actresses are on sale.
The theme depicted by the work changes quite a lot, such as the fear of the girl who went around to the villagers side, the distress of the girl who became a wolf wolf side.
It is not a luxurious movie, but those who like horror who is the subject of psychological warfare should feel funny. However, the setting that “rich people watching this game on net relay” is the masterpiece can be said to be mediocrity.
17.貞子VS伽椰子（2016）/Sadako VS Kayako
Director: Koji Shiraishi
Yuri, a female college student, will seek to help friends who saw the video that they will die two days later. On the other hand, School girl Suzuka step into the curse house that will die if she enters. It was supposed that famous psychic powers worked together to help two girls, each of which was caught by a mighty curse -.
Sadako of “Ring” and Kayako of “Grudge” is a work that plays luxuriously. It is an irresistible work for fans of both works!
Both works originally had a taste like darkness and fear spreading slowly. However, in this work the director is also flashy.
However, the feeling of this celebration does not stop. Although there is a taste as a stupid horror movie, the saving of the last scene is sufficient quality as a horror movie.
Director: Shiraishi Koshi
“How far can you stare into hell?”
Suddenly, a couple who was captured and abducted by a mysterious man. They are subject to various torture.
It is a rare, splendid movie in earnest in Japan. A man who tortures, I think that it is a work depicting the appearance of a couple being done indiscriminately, there is unexpected dent in the middle stage.
Although the man decides to release the couple, he knows their true intent full of malice and starts running away.
Although only three people appear, most of the story progresses in confinement place, we do not receive impression of low budget. There are few Japanese horror movies depicting simple torture, but it is not an exaggeration to say that the highest peak.
Director: Koji Shiraishi
It is a fake documentary that appointed a Japanese idol unit “Momoiro Clover” (currently Momoiro Clover Z).
The girls who visited at the abolition school where the mysterious monster “Shirome” lives, on the recording of the television program.
Furthermore, the girls did not know that this was a filming of a horror movie. In other words, it has been brought to the scene as a shoot of a fictitious television program. Therefore, the strange phenomena occurring inside the school, all the preparation.
Even in Japan, there is a TV plan that calls “Dokkiri” to surprise the performers, but there is no other movie deceived so far in scale.
Even though it should be a fake, the girls screaming and crying will make the boundary between reality and fiction ambiguous.
Director: Koji Shiraishi
This is also a fake documentary.
Talent who had interviewed some psychic scene and their spirits will be involved in unpredictable situations.
All the celebrities have appeared in the role of the principal, but one out of three people is attached to the spirit.
In addition, the ghosts clung to the cursed family are so strong that the psychic ones are knocked down one after another.
Why is the house cursed? When the cause begins to understand somehow, strong fear attacks.
Zombies coexist with humans, where the world is. However, zombies were only used as workers, they were living contempted from humans.
A woman who came to Teramoto family Zombie · Sara. She keeps getting cold from humans. However, only Tanamoto’s wife Shizuko and his son Kenichi gently touches her. However, Shizuko wants to revive Kenichi who drowned in the accident, but Sara bite his son and bring him back to life.
The director shot “killer 1″ SABU.
It is full-length monochrome, and its color tone emphasizes the sadness of the story. Sara gradually goes back to humans from zombies and contrasts Shizuko who gradually suffers from heart.
It is a solitary work similar to Elijah Wood’s total command “The Vampire”.
22.発狂する唇（1999）/Hakyo suru kuchibiru（＝Crazy lips）
Satomi, who became a perpetrative family because of his brother who became a suspect in the murder of consecutive deaths of junior high school girls. But Satomi believed in his brother ‘s innocence. However, when Satomi asked the spirit capability Mamiya to cooperate with the incident, she orders the assistant man to commit Satomi’s mother and sister.
Satomi’s mother and older sister gradually being brainwashed. Moreover, it seems that FBI is also involved in this incident.
Although it is a movie depicting a family that is brainwashed and taking over the house, it is a surreal piece that emerges from comedy awareness in some places. In Japan, even though a continuous murder case using brainwashing has happened in the past, it reminds me of such an actual incident.
In the last scene, there are scenes where the survivor bereaved families are attacking to kill the assailant families. From the beginning to the end, I can not keep an eye on shocking.
By the way, the leading actress Mitarai Hitomi has appeared in numerous Japanese horror movies.
23.ある優しき殺人者の記録（2014）/Aru yasasiki satujinshano kiroku（＝A record of a gentle killer）
Director: Koji Shiraishi
“This conclusion can not be predicted by anyone”
Paku wanted to escape the facility and was killed as a suspect who killed 18 people. Soyon, a journalist who is a childhood friend, received an interview request from Paku and visits a certain waste apartment.
However, Paku threatens her and the photographer with “kitchen knife” to shoot all what will happen from now.
He listened to God’s voice that “if I kill 27 people at the age of 27, my childhood friend who died in the accident will survive.” In addition, 27 people he killed also say they will survive. If you kill two more people, the plan of God will be executed.
Is his word a delusion uniquely psychotic? Or is it a fact? -.
It is a work with a very special setting, and it is also a movie shooting whole part in 86 minutes with uncut. The director himself appeared as a photographer, but he frequently appeared as a “different person” in his own fake documentary. This movie was taken in Korea in full story.
There are only 5 people in the characters, and the story develops in one room (and yet there are few furniture), but never get bored. I believe it is a very unique work and one of the best masterpieces of Shiraishi.
24.学校の怪談シリーズ（1995-）/Gakko no kaidan（＝School ghost stories series）
Mika of the second grade of elementary school returns to school just before summer vacation, taking the forgotten thing.
Mika entering the former school building, as guided by a magical soccer ball, is attacked by something in the toilet.
Mika’s older sister, Aki, sneaks into the old school building to find a sister who has disappeared. There, there was a staggering Kensuke and Shouta, a twin brother Hitoshi, and a mysterious girl Kaori meet Aki. But suddenly a ghost appeared before them!
There are “Seven Wonders” in elementary schools in Japan.
There is a legend that “the bronze statue in the schoolyard starts to move at night” and “the face of a musician’s portrait in the music room moves”, its contents differ finely depending on the school, but many children know .
This movie is also an adventure fantasy movie that depicts the growth of children who faced the uproar while making such a ghost story as a motif. At that time, gaining enormous popularity from children, three sequels were also produced. Since this movie, ghost stories horror movies and dramas that appointed a child role in Japan are on the rise.
The production of directing and ghosting is very high quality. There are charms that none of the adults get tired of anything such as a moving human body model, a mouth rip woman in a public health room, a reversing classroom, etc. Also, as you can see from the words of a child saying “From a little while ago, it seems that one person feels a lot,” ghosts are mixed in them, acting together.
At the end there is also a flashy director who performs ceremonies and contain evil spirits. It is a movie with a policy that it aimed at a picture with handmade feeling without using digital synthesis etc. as much as possible.
Once, Yami island that all the islanders disappeared on Arashi night. “Only when the siren arrived, only the commandment that I should not go out” was left.
After 29 years, Yuki migrates to the island with his father and brother. The inhabitants of the island are very aloof. But when the siren rings in the island she is attacked by her father -!
This movie is based on the horror game “siren 2″ released at PlayStation 2.
“Siren” “Siren 2″ in this game is a very wonderful horror game, PS 3 “SIREN: New Translation” remade made by replacing some characters of “siren” with Americans has also been released.
In Europe it is sold under the title “Forbidden Siren”.
“Siren” is the village which is destroyed by sediment-related disasters. The high school student of the hero visits the village on the basis of interest, but witnessed the ceremony of the villagers there and hears the sound of the siren on the way of escape.
after that. The village is surrounded by the red sea for some reason and can not escape. Moreover, the dead villagers resurrect as “dead man” and start attacking living human beings.
Players will progress the story while playing around 3 days to loop constantly. A very complicated and mysterious story, a visual of a scarce dead man attracts the heart of the horror fans and does not separate. Some dead person with wings, a dead person like a dog, a corpse like a spider, a brain dead person who partly enlarges the face. Although it is not famous, even if the game music is very wonderful it is also known among fans.
And this movie is based on a sequel that shifted the stage to the island. However, there is the impression that it is about to take in game fans, such as making a shocking scene of “siren” appear.
However, with regard to the movie it is a completely different thing from the game, it is only a trash. It is just a movie that enjoys the atmosphere of the dubious ceremony of the island. In addition, the game depicts the people who have been tied to curse to the last, and something terrible that comes from another world, but in this movie it will clean up everything with “human madness”.
As far as watching this movie, it is still better to watch the CM of the 15-second game (the broadcast CM was canceled because the game’s CM is “too scary”).
However, I chose this movie, paying attention only to the attempt to make the “siren” into a movie.
Directed by: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Cast: Koji Yakusyo
A series of murders occurred, suspects were detectives. “I, what did you do …?”
Three murder cases occur in the landfill in Tokyo Bay. Both of the victims were suffocated by suffocation in the seawater after the face was pressed against the puddle by the perpetrators. Yoshioka, the detective who was in charge of the investigation, noticed that his fingerprints and buttons remained on the scene. In addition, a ghost of a woman in red clothes appears in front of him.
Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Horror movies alone produce many famous works such as “CURE” “charisma” “circuit” “doppelganger”. And Koji Yakusyo is an actor often appointed to his movie.
Not to mention a mysterious story, I think that the beauty of a woman in red clothes that shines on black and grayish screens is noteworthy even among director Kurosawa ‘s horror movies.
“CURE” draws a psychopath that causes people to commit suicide by brainwashing, and “Doppelganger” depicts confrontation and fear with “another person” that appeared before himself. In this movie, the fear of “I do not know if I am the culprit or not” is drawn. When everything is clear, the cruel truth is bare.
Mina and Miduki’s sisters were beautiful sisters who learned ballet in Tokyo. However, as a younger sister was murdered on the way home from the ballet classroom, Mina reminds herself that “I could not protect my sister.” Also Mina’s mother Teruko was deeply hurt.
Mina and Teruko, who had been reported about the incident and became difficult to stay in Tokyo, moved to the countryside. Mother and daughter who lives a new life, but also a mystery murder case has happened -.
It is a movie that only horror movie fans know, which is almost unknown in Japan.
Ballet is compatible with horror movies, but its beauty stands out even in this movie.
Perhaps it is a coincidence that beauty and transience resided in this movie. Nevertheless, its overwhelming madness is pushing like a swirl. The identity of the yellow raincoat culprit reminiscent of “Alice Sweet Alice” is too bold and the last scene is also extinguished.
28.トーク・テゥ・ザ・デッド（2013）/Talk to the dead
Director: Norio Tsuruta
Cast: Ayaka Komatsu
“Fear is invited …”
Yuri who is abandoned by her mother and prostitutes to save her younger brother. However, she will carelessly let her brother die.
In such a case, I learned the existence of an application that I can talk to the dead Yuri. She installs it and tries to talk with her brother -!
Director Tsuruta is also handling ‘Ring 0 Birthday’. I am handling a lot of horror films, and in Japan there is a line with Takashi Shimizu and Hideo Nakada.
The starring is Ayaka Komatsu. The leading actress of “Miss Zombie” is also her. She has many opportunities to play unhappy women, but there is no losing in horror movies she is appearing.
The unique point of this movie is that Masochikyo is the hero. In Japan ‘s horror movies as well, “virginity” is emphasized in most works, so heroes and heroines are often set to be happy and young girls. However, in this movie, the unhappy and lonely girl depicts the process of getting into a conversation with the dead.
29.先生を流産させる会（2011）/Sensei wo ryuzan saseru kai（＝LET’S MAKE THE TEACHER HAVE A MISCARRIAGE CLUB）
Director: Eisuke Naito
Female teacher Sawako got pregnant. Her student Mizuki who knew about it formed a party to involve friends and make the teacher abort. Mischief escalates, girls of junior high school students bare malice to teachers.
It is not a so-called easy-to-understand horror movie, but it is a problem work that draws on the cruelty unique to adolescent girls.
This movie motif is based on the actual case. In 2009, junior high school students formed a society to make a teacher miscarried and worked a malicious mischief against a pregnant teacher.
They are by no means genuine bad guys. However, among them, the feeling of disgust for pregnancy (a disgusting feeling that a teacher to lead themselves is having sex) and the distrust of adults increases, and they start to act with malice is.
However, they are becoming adults who are also stupid and disliked.
It is a strange taste movie including such danger. The appointed children are also the appearance of a real Japanese junior high school student, giving the movie reality.
The director is Director Eiichi Naito. His movie has personality in directing and color tones, I love it. I also work on other works such as “Lychee Light Club”.
30.エクスクロス 魔境伝説（2007）/EXCLOSE Magic Legend
Director: Kenta Fukasaku
Cast: Nao Matsushita, Ami Suzuki, Majyu Ozawa
“Your feet will be cut off!”
Two female college students Shiyori and Aiko who came to a remote hot spring resort. However, the two will fight and behave separately. Shiyori suddenly got hit by the villagers, and it seems likely that the legs will be cut off. Aiko was attacked by a mysterious woman Reika wearing a gothic lolita dress -!
The director is Kenta Fukasaku, the son of Director Kinji Fukasaku of “Battle Royale”. His film is quite stupid. Even in this movie, it contains many absurd developments.
For example, the reason why Shiyori was attacked by villagers is that a man in a village boss was fascinated by her legs, Reika wields a big scissors that is impossible to reality and attacks Aiko. A scene where Aiko is blown away with every simple toilet and becomes covered with dirt is one of the highlights.
A mysterious man who will help Shiyori (He will give directions to her over the phone and will help). At first, he only has a voice. In charge of that voice is voice actor Rikiya Koyama who dubbed Kiefer Sutherland of drama “24”. His voice is really nice, is not he a very handsome man? I will expect it.
However, he came to help in reality is very ubiquitous (he is a comedian in Japan who is performing).
There are no other terrible horror movies so far, so you should see it.
“Is it necessary for humans to defend themselves?”
A high school student who lost his parents and was taken over by a classmate Miki Makimura’s house · Akira Fudo.
Ryo Asuka of honor student who has a university professor as his father.
But Ryo’s father has evoked the devil that was sleeping in the underground lake in Antarctica. The devils moisten the bodies of the creatures of other tribes and expand their power. And the body of Akira was eroded by the devil.
But Akira with a bright and correct mind becomes “Devilman” with the ability to turn into a devil and a human heart. He decides to fight the devil to protect his family who took over him. However, the people who are afraid of the devil do not understand Akira which is trying to protect them. Then push the house to kill him and attack the innocent Makimura family -!
The original is cartoon of Nagai Go and is a cult work that was also made into TV animation.
However, this movie is famous as “the worst movie in Japan”.
What is terrible is the acting of the casts. Acting in the main cast is almost a stick reading. Therefore, the content does not come into my mind at all.
Furthermore, the script itself is just a patch of the original, and it is really painful to see until the end.
However, only the problem scene is a highlight. The mobs who hit the Makimura family to kill Ming is thought that Makimura Family is a member of the devil and murders them kindly. Miki who was Akira ‘s girlfriend is how much his head is cut off and exposed. Akira who discovered it is frustrated and I realize that the human beings who tried to protect them was foolish, but the performance is too bad and will be pulled back from the shock soon.
A terribly boring movie is often released in Japan, but it is said to be “better than Devilman”.
There are still many interesting things in Japanese horror movies. This time I introduced my favorite movies. If you do not mind, please try it!
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