Horror night to showcase J-Horror classics at Tokyo Film Fest

  • Gautaman Bhaskaran, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Oct 17, 2015 12:54 IST
A still from The Ring.

The 28th Tokyo International Film Festival, starting on October 22, will have a special feature entitled “Masters of J-Horror”. It will screen chilling works of the three most influential directors in this genre, Hideo Nakata, Takashi Shimizu, and Kiyoshi Kurosawa. These movies will be shown late at night on October 28, the darkness adding to the suspense and thrill.

The J-Horror genre has been extremely popular the world over -- with even Hollywood paying tribute to it with remakes of great J-Horror films such as Ring and One Missed Call.

More than 20 years have passed since the J-Horror boom began, and 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of the legendary horror movie, Don’t Look Up, directed by Nakata.

Nakata, who helmed films like Ghost Theatre (2015) and his groundbreaking works -- Ringu (1998) and Dark Water (2002) -- terrified audiences worldwide and made horror a household name in Japan.

Some of Shimizu’s horror movies were The Grudge (2004) and Kiki’s Delivery Service (2014).

A still from Ju On (The Grudge).

Kurosawa’s Pulse (2000) won the international critics’s award at Cannes, and his Bright Future was part of the Festival’s Competition in 2002. In May, his Journey To The Shore clinched the Best Director Award in the A Certain Regard section. Kurosawa’s Retribution went to Venice in 2006.

The Tokyo International Film Festival will run till October 31.

Watch the trailer for the Dark Water remake here

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