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Let’s Watch Some Of Japan’s Finest And Scariest Horror Films


A collage shows images from Perfect Blue, Ring, and Kwaidan.

I do know what I’m doing this weekend. That’s proper, staying dwelling and watching horror films.
Screenshot: GKids, Arrow, Criterion

It’s almost Halloween, so there’s a very good likelihood you’re within the temper for some horror. Would possibly I tempt you with some from Japan?

Beneath are some—actually not all—of Japan’s bloodiest and creepiest horror movies. You might need seen a few of these, however hopefully there might be one thing new right here to take a look at. You’ll have seen none, and for those who like horror, think about these an introduction to the world of J-horror.

Remember that these films won’t be for everybody—particularly children or the squeamish. Included within the checklist are locations the place the flicks may be considered as of publishing.


Audition (1999)

Director: Takashi Miike

Screenwriter: Daisuke Tengan (tailored from Ryu Murakami’s 1997 novel Audition)

Solid: Eihi Shiina, Ryo Ishibashi, and Jun Kunimura

The place To Watch: Alamo, Amazon, Arrow, DirectTV, iTunes, Kanopy, and Spectrum 

What It’s About In One Sentence: A widower “auditions” ladies to be his spouse, and thinks he’s discovered the proper one.


Remedy (1997)

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Screenwriter: Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Solid: Koji Yakusho, Tsuyoshi Ujiki, and Anna Nakagawa

The place To Watch: Criterion

What It’s About In One Sentence: A police detective investigates a sequence of murders wherein an “X” is carved into the victims’ throats, every dedicated by completely different individuals who confessed, however couldn’t say what drove them to kill.


Home (1977)

Director: Nobuhiko Obayashi

Screenwriter: Chiho Katsura (story by Chigumi Obayashi)

Solid: Kimiko Ikegami, Miki Jinbo, and Kumiko Oba

The place To Watch: Amazon, Criterion, HBO Max, iTunes, and Vudu

What It’s About In One Sentence: A younger lady invitations her associates to a relative’s home over the summer season and issues get bizarre—like, actually, actually, actually bizarre.


Ju-On: The Grudge (2001)

Director: Takashi Shimizu

Screenwriter: Takashi Shimizu

Solid: Megumi Okina, Misaki Ito, and Takashi Matsuyama

The place To Watch: Amazon, AMC, Google Play, iTunes, Microsoft, and Vudu

What It’s About In One Sentence: Issues get terrifying after a social employee arrives at a cursed home the place a household was brutally murdered.


Kuroneko (1968)

A vengeful ghost licks her lips.

Shindo’s horror movies are stuffed with arresting imagery like this.
Screenshot: Toho

Director: Kaneto Shindo

Screenwriter: Kaneto Shindo

Solid: Kichiemon Nakamura, Nobuko Otowa, and Kiwako Taichi

The place To Watch: Criterion

What It’s About In One Sentence: Two vengeful spirits of ladies brutalized and violated throughout battle vow to kill samurai and drink their blood.


Kwaidan (1965)

Director: Masaki Kobayashi

Screenwriter: Yoko Mizuki

Solid: Tatsuya Nakadai, Keiko Kishi, Misako Watanabe, Rentaro Mikuni, Haruko Sugimura, Michiyo Aratama, Tetsuro Tamba, and Katsuo Nakamura

The place To Watch: Amazon, Criterion, Google Play, HBO Max, iTunes, and Vudu

What It’s About In One Sentence: Kwaidan’s 4 spooky tales are a very good primer for conventional Japanese horror.


Noroi: The Curse (2005)

Director: Koji Shiraishi

Screenwriter: Koji Shiraishi and Naoyuki Yokota

Solid: Jin Muraki, Rio Kanno, and Marika Matsumoto

The place To Watch: Amazon, iTunes, and Spectrum

What It’s About In One Sentence: A found-footage movie a couple of paranormal journalist who investigated an historical demon.


One Minimize of the Useless (2017)

Director: Shinichiro Ueda

Screenwriter: Shinichiro Ueda (impressed by Ryoichi Wada’s play “Ghost within the Field!”)

Solid: Takayuki Hamatsu, Yuzuki Akiyama, Harumi Shuhama, and Kazuaki Nagaya.

The place To Watch: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Microsoft, Spectrum, and Vudu

What It’s About In One Sentence: Making a low-budget, one-take horror film isn’t straightforward, particularly when the zombies are actual.


Onibaba (1964)

Director: Kaneto Shindo

Screenwriter: Kaneto Shindo

Solid: Jitsuko Yoshimura, Nobuko Otowa, Taiji Tonoyama, and Kei Sato

The place To Watch: Criterion and HBO Max

What It’s About In One Sentence: As battle rages, two ladies survive by killing wandering samurai and promoting their armor.


Excellent Blue (1998)

Director: Satoshi Kon

Screenwriter: Sadayuki Murai (tailored from Yoshikazu Takeuchi’s novel Excellent Blue: Full Metamorphosis)

Solid: Junko Iwao, Rica Matsumoto, Shiho Niiyama, and Hideyuki Hori

The place To Watch: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Microsoft, and Vudu

What It’s About In One Sentence: A pop star provides up singing for appearing—a choice that results in stalkers, paranoid psychosis, and homicide.


Pulse (2001)

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Screenwriter: Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Solid: Koyuki, Haruhiko Kato, Kumiko Aso

The place To Watch: Amazon, iTunes, Kanopy, Microsoft, and Vudu

What It’s About In One Sentence: Ghosts use the web to invade Tokyo.


Ringu (1998)

Director: Hideo Nakata

Screenwriter: Hiroshi Takahashi (tailored from Koji Suzuki’s 1991 novel Ring)

Solid: Nanako Matsushima, Miki Nakatani, Yuko Takeuchi, and Hiroyuki Sanada

The place To Watch: Alamo, Amazon, Arrow, DirectTV, Google Play, iTunes, and Microsoft

What It’s About In One Sentence: It’s as much as a journalist to determine why persons are ending up lifeless after they watch a cursed videotape and get a mysterious cellphone name.


Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989)

Director: Shinya Tsukamoto

Screenwriter: Shinya Tsukamoto

Solid: Tomorowo Taguchi, Kei Fujiwara, and Shinya Tsukamoto

The place To Watch: Arrow, Google Play, iTunes, Kanopy, Microsoft

What It’s About In One Sentence: Whereas driving, a daily salaryman hits a person with a steel iron fetish, after which develops a weird sickness that turns his personal physique into junk steel.


Tag (2015)

Director: Sion Sono

Screenwriter: Sion Sono

Solid: Reina Triendl, Mariko Shinoda, and Erina Mano

The place To Watch: Alamo, Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, and Vudu

What It’s About In One Sentence: A bunch of Japanese schoolgirls are so obnoxious that their numbers should be lowered in a death-game model of tag, wherein being “it” means being lifeless.


Tokyo Gore Police (2008)

Eihi Shiina is wearing a black trench coat, a skirt, a white shirt, and a necktie.

Eihi Shiina additionally starred in Audition.
Picture: Fever Goals

Director: Yoshihiro Nishimura

Screenwriter: Kengo Kaji, Sayako Nakoshi, and Yoshihiro Nishimura

Solid: Eihi Shiina, Itsuji Itao, and Tak Sakaguchi

The place To Watch: Microsoft and Vudu

What It’s About In One Sentence: Set in a dystopic future wherein the Tokyo Metropolitan Police has been privatized, it’s as much as one sword-swinging badass to cease genetically-modified criminals who’re capable of flip wounds into weapons on this extraordinarily gory satire.

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