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Japanese horror
Japanese horror
is Japanese horror
Japanese horror
fiction in popular culture, noted for its unique thematic and conventional treatment of the horror genre in light of western treatments. Japanese horror
Japanese horror
tends to focus on psychological horror and tension building (suspense), particularly involving ghosts (yūrei) and poltergeists, while many contain themes of folk religion such as: possession, exorcism, shamanism, precognition, and yōkai.

Contents

1 Origins 2 Film

2.1 Notable films 2.2 Notable directors

3 Anime
Anime
and manga 4 Video games 5 Influence 6 See also 7 References 8 Further reading 9 External links

Origins[edit] See also: Japanese folklore The origins of Japanese horror
Japanese horror
can be traced to horror and ghost story classics of the Edo period
Edo period
and the Meiji period, which were known as kaidan. Elements of several of these popular folktales have been worked into the stories of modern films, especially in the traditional nature of the Japanese ghost. Ghost stories have an even older history in Japanese literature, dating back to at least the Heian period
Heian period
(794–1185). Konjaku Monogatarishū written during that time featured a number of ghost stories from India, China and Japan. Kabuki
Kabuki
and noh, forms of traditional Japanese theater, often depict horror tales of revenge and ghastly appearances, many of which have been used as source material for films. Film[edit] Notable films[edit]

Audition Carved Cure Cursed Dark Water (Honogurai Mizu No Soko Kara) Eko Eko Azarak series Forbidden Siren Gakkō no Kaidan series Guinea Pig series The Happiness of the Katakuris House (Hausu) Infection (Kansen) J-Horror Theater series

Infection (Kansen) Premonition (Yogen) Reincarnation (Rinne) Retribution (Sakebi) Kaidan (Kaidan) The Sylvian Experiments (Kyōfu)

Ju-on
Ju-on
series Ju-Rei: The Uncanny Kakashi Kuroneko Kwaidan Marebito Naked Blood Noroi: The Curse Onibaba One Missed Call (Chakushin ari) series Parasite Eve Premonition (Yogen) Pulse (Kairo) Pyrokinesis Reincarnation (Rinne) Ring (Ringu) series Shikoku Suicide Club (Jisatsu Sākuru) Sweet Home Tales From The Dead Tetsuo: The Iron Man Tomie
Tomie
series Unholy Women Uzumaki (Spiral) Versus

Notable directors[edit]

Masaki Kobayashi Kiyoshi Kurosawa Takashi Miike Nobuo Nakagawa Hideo Nakata Ataru Oikawa Takashi Shimizu Kaneto Shindo Kôji Shiraishi Sion Sono Norio Tsuruta

Anime
Anime
and manga[edit] See also: Category:Horror anime and manga Certain popular Japanese horror
Japanese horror
films are based on manga, including Tomie, Uzumaki, and Yogen. Video games[edit] Further information: Survival horror

Ao Oni Calling Castlevania Corpse Party Deadly Premonition Dino Crisis Fatal Frame Ghost House Monster
Monster
Bash Ib Ju-on: The Grudge Kenseiden Kuon Laplace no Ma Overblood Parasite Eve Resident Evil Silent Hill Siren Splatterhouse Sweet Home The Witch's House

Influence[edit]

Hidetoshi Imura as Seijun from Tales from the Dead.

Since the early 2000s, several of the more popular Japanese horror films have been remade. Ring was one of the first to be remade in America as The Ring, and later The Ring Two
The Ring Two
(although this sequel bears almost no similarity to the original Japanese sequel). Other notable examples include The Grudge
The Grudge
(2004). Dark Water (2005) and One Missed Call (2008) With the exception of The Ring, most American remakes of Japanese horror films have received negative reviews (although The Grudge received mixed reviews).[1][2][3] One Missed Call has received the worst reception of all, having earned the Moldy Tomato Award at Rotten Tomatoes for garnering a 0% critical approval rating. The Grudge
The Grudge
4 was announced in 2011, but no news has surfaced since. Similarly, The Ring 3D was reportedly green-lit by Paramount in 2010,[4] and it was reported in 2016 that the film would be renamed Rings and released in early 2017. Many of the original directors who created these Asian horror films have gone on to direct the American remakes.[citation needed] For example, Hideo Nakata, director of Ring, directed the remake The Ring Two; and Takashi Shimizu, director of the original Ju-on, directed the remake The Grudge
The Grudge
as well as its sequel, The Grudge
The Grudge
2. Several other Asian countries have also remade Japanese horror
Japanese horror
films. For example, South Korea
South Korea
created their own version of the Japanese horror classic Ring, titled The Ring Virus. In 2007, Los Angeles-based writer-director Jason Cuadrado released the film Tales from the Dead, a horror film in four parts that Cuadrado filmed in the United States with a cast of Japanese actors speaking their native language. See also[edit]

Arima neko Horror film J-Horror Theater

References[edit]

^ "The Ring". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2014-07-29.  ^ The Grudge
The Grudge
at Metacritic ^ One Missed Call at Metacritic ^ "Paramount to Make The Ring 3D". /Film. April 26, 2010. Retrieved September 24, 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

da Silva, Joaquín. "J-Horror and Toshi Densetsu Revisited". EigaNove.  See more Japanese horror
Japanese horror
films here Sleep With Your Lights On Because These Japanese Horror Movies Will Leave You Scared Shitless

External links[edit]

Media related to Japanese horror
Japanese horror
films at Wikimedia Commons

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