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Japanese Horror J-Horror By Vanisha Sumboo
Main Features Mainly psychological and uses a lot of tension . Ghosts and spirits are the typical villain in the film. Known as Yūrei, they harbour strong emotions with is the cause of being unable to pass through. Onryō A ghost that is trapped and seeks revenge. Zashiki-warashi A dead child's ghost. Ubume The ghost of a mother who died and left behind her children. Funayurei The ghosts of people who drowned.
History Based on myths and legends which included a lot of ghost stories. Originates from the Edo Period (1603-1867) and the and Meiji Period (1868-1912). Known as “Kaidan” meaning “tale of a strange apparition”. The first J-Horror films were released in the 1950's and the 1960's. The horror changed to a more gore style during the 1970's. During the 1990's the psychological horror was brought back by Norio Tsuruta.
Important People Nobuo Nakagawa (1905-1984): Japanese film director who made Japanese horror cinema widely known. Hideo Nakata (19th July 1961) : Film director and directed “Ring”. “ The methods of describing the spiritual world and the expression of horror are totally different between Japan and the West.” He says that the difference between Japanese horror and Western horror is that it can be traced back to religious beliefs.
Important People Continued Norio Tsuruta: Influenced the new wave of horror movies with his documentary “Scary True Stories”. Takashi Shimizu: Considered to be the future of Japanese horror movies. The film that made him famous was “Ju-on: The Curse” (2002).
Ring (Ringu) Japanese horror film by Hideo Nakata. It was the highest grossing film in Japanese history. It had sequels and remakes, with the American adaptation “The Ring” and “The Ring 2” which Nakata directed himself. The next sequel “Rasen” was a failure and did not match up to the succes of “Ring”. “ Ring 2” proved to be a success and the final of the series Ring 0: Birthday was the best out of the three sequels. “ Ring 2” was produced and ignored the storyline of “Rasen” as it was from a different writer.
The Ring The American remake of the Japanese film “Ring”. It was highly successful and opened the door for American remakes of Japanese horror films. It was ranked 6 th in Top 20 Horror Films of the Decade. It was said that not only being the first American J-Horror remake, it still stands as the best.
Ju-on (The Curse) A Japanese horror film which had a success of sequels and remakes. The American version is known as The Grudge and is the 2004 remake of Ju-On . Altogether there are four series of the Japanese version and three of the American version.
Top Ten J-Horror Films
2. Ju-on: The Grudge
3. Honogurai Mizu No Soko Kara US: Dark Water
4. Akira dir. Katsuhiro Otomo, 1988
5. Jisatsu Sākuru US: Suicide Club; Dir. Sion Sono, 2002
6. Chakushin Ari US: One Missed Call; Dir. Takashi Miike, 2004
7. Ōdishon US: Audition; Dir. Takashi Miike, 1999
8. Koroshiya Ichi US: Ichi the Killer; Dir. Takashi Miike, 2001