Friday, February 27, 2009
Tokyo Gore Police is a 2008 Japanese gore film co-written and directed by Yoshihiro Nishimura, and stars Eihi Shiina (Audition) as Ruka.
The movie is set in a different timeline, the Tokyo police department has been privatized and it is now known as the The Tokyo Police Corporation who are battling against genetically modified criminals known as engineers.
Ruka, the top officer, is an engineer hunter who while fighting crime, is also tracking down her father's killer.
Soon, Ruka is assigned a new case in which she has to hunt down a criminal named Key Man. When they finally meet, Ruka finds out that the assassin is also seeking vengeance against a corrupt officer who killed his father many years ago. Later, Ruka will face the truth about her father's death and her life will turn into more bizarre, tragic, and twisted set of events.
Suicide Manual is a 2003 Japanese film directed by Fukutani Osamu, and starring Chisato Morishita, Hideo Sakaki, Kenji Mizuhashi and Yûko Nakamura
The movie is centered around a small TV station's cameraman named Yū and his assistant Rie, who are sent by their boss to investigate a case of a group suicide in which four people poisoned themselves with carbon monoxide.
Yu and Rie start to investigate the reasons behind the seemly endless cycle of suicides. It appears that everything is linked to a DVD containing a manual with examples of the "best methods" to kill yourself and demonstrations by real people. In a further investigation, Yu and Rie find out that in Buddhist beliefs, when a person commits suicide, their spirits wander around the world possessing others and pushing them to commit suicide. However, is this what is really happening, or is there anything beyond?
Thursday, February 26, 2009
The Eye is a 2002 Hong Kong horror film co-written and directed by The Pang Brothers, and starring Angelica Lee.
Wong Kar Mun (Angelica Lee) gets a cornea transplant so that she would be able to see again as she has been blind since she was two years old. However, as she starts to use her eyes for the first time, she realizes that she has got more than she was expecting to receive. After a while she finds out that she is able to see the dead. She the decides to ask her therapist about the strange apparitions she has been seeing through her new eyes. At the beginning, he seems reluctant to believe her, but later he admits that he cares about her and decides to accompany her on a trip to find the origins of her cornea and to reveal the history of the previous owner.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Gabal (a.k.a. The Wig) is a 2005 South Korean horror film written and directed by Won Shin-yeon, and starring Min-seo Chae and Seon Yoo.
Since Su-hyeon (Chae Min-seo) is struggling against cancer, her older sister Ji-hyeon (Yoo Seon) decides that she should take her home so that the can share what could be their last moments together. As Su-hyeon has lost all her hair due to the therapy, Ji-hyeon decides to buy a wig for her so that she can go out without feeling ashamed of herself.
As the movie progresses, it seems that the wig is cursed. Su-hyeon is so happy with her wig, that she starts getting the feeling that she looks prettier and even healthier. However, one day when she is washing her wig, Ji-hyeon notices what looks like a ghost in a wig and decides that it need to be destroyed. Things turn from bad to worse as Su-hyeon has to go to the hospital due to complications, but later on she escapes apparently possessed by whatever inhabited the wig. Soon, the mystery contained in the wig will be revealed and it will affect everybody, from the sisters to all those who are around them.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Gawi (a.k.a. Nightmare) is a 2000 South Korean horror film directed by Ahn Byeong-ki, who also directed Phone (2002), Bunshinsaba (2004), and APT (2006). The film stars Kim Gyu-ri, Ha Ji-won and Choi Jeong-yoon.
When Seon-ae (Choi Jeong-yoon) comes back from the USA, she stops by to meet Hye-jin (Kim Gyu-ri), one of her old college friends. Soon after, she becomes convinced that someone is following her; what is more, it seems that the person following her is someone she once knew back in college and who died not long ago. While Seon-ae is still trying to find out who the mysterious figure following her is, some other of her old classmates are falling prey of the ghost of Kyung-ha (Ha Ji-won), a weird girl that joined Seon-ae group of friends and mysteriously committed suicide. Later on, in a flashback it is revealed the real cause of Kyung-ha's dead and how all Seon-ae's friends are related to it.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Chakushin Ari (a.k.a. One Missed Call) is a 2004 Japanese horror film directed by Takashi Miike and starring Kou Shibasaki as Yumi, and Shinichi Tsutsumi as Hiroshi.
While eating at a Japanese restaurant with her friends, Yoko Murasaki's cell-phone suddenly rings in an unusual tone. As she does not recognize the tone, she decides not to pick up and the call goes into voice mail. Later, she realizes that the missed call was from her own cell-phone number and it is dated two days into the future. As Yoko and her friend Yumi listen to the message, they discover it is the voice of Yoko in a seemly casual chit-chat followed by a creepy scream, and then by a total silence.
After the death of some of her friends, Yumi meets a man who has been tracking these unusual deaths looking for some answers. He later explains that his motivation to try and solve this mystery came after his own sister seemed to have suffered a similar fate. Both Yumi and Hiroshi decide to investigate the mysterious events, which leads them to several twists and turns, and to more gruesome events; what they later find proves to be an overwhelming and evil force intent on destroying all it encounters.
Noroi (a.k.a. The Curse) is a 2005 Japanese horror-mockumentary film co-written and directed by Kôji Shiraishi.
The movie tells the story of Masafumi Kobayashi, a TV journalist with a great fascination for documenting paranormal phenomena.
One day, Kobayashi receives a letter from a woman describing strange noises coming from her neighbor's house; soon, Kobayashi makes his first visit to the woman's house, but when he tries to talk to the woman's neighbor, she refuses and later on she moves out of the apartment. The neighbor who contacted Kobayashi dies in a mysterious accident later on.
Some time later, Kobayashi reaserches other supernatural events that seem to have no relation. However, as he gets more interested and involved in his investigation he finds out that all the strange events are connected to one another and that they all have to do with Kabutaba, a mysterious and evil entity.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Phone is a 2002 South Korean horror film directed by Ahn Byeong-ki and starring Ha Ji-Won and Kim Yu-Mi, and Choi Woo-je.
Ji-won, a young journalist, has been writing a series of articles about pedophilia, and has exposed an underage sex scandal. After the publication of her article she stars receiving a series of threatening calls on her cell-phone. To protect her from a possible offended reader, her close friends Ho-jung and her husband Chang-hoon invite her to move to their empty new house. When the young daughter of her friends Young-Su answers Ji-won's phone, the girl screams and completely changes her behavior, showing a growing attraction towards her dad and even rejecting her mother.
Meanwhile, Ji-won keeps receiving strange calls on her phone, and constantly listens to someone playing Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata on a piano. However, after investigating her phone number, Ji-won discovers that the former owner of that number has disappeared, and the next two owners have died in mysterious circumstances.
Ji-won's further investigation about the previous owner of the number reveals that the young woman was completely obsessed for an older man that had broken up with her. Soon, Ji-won unveils obscure and tragic secrets about the fate of Jin-hee (the young and disturbed girl), and a possible connection with her two close friends and their young daughter.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Ebola Syndrome is a 1996 Hong Kong horror exploitation film directed by Herman Yau and starring Anthony Wong.
After killing 3 people in Hong Kong in 1986, Ah Kai flees to South Africa where he works for ten years at a Chinese restaurant. One day as he travels with his boss to a South African tribe to buy meat from the natives, he rapes and murders a Zulu-girl, who is infected with the Ebola virus. Kai, however, is immune to the infection, and after having just a slight fever he recovers and continues with his life.
Later, after becoming upset with his boss, Kai murders him and his wife after raping the woman. He then chops them to pieces and makes them into hamburgers, which he later sells in the Chinese restaurant; thus, he continues spreading the deadly Ebola virus. When the police finally start looking for him, they track his moves back to Hong Kong.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Ghost Of Mae Nak is a 2005 Thai horror film written and directed by Mark Duffield. The movie stars Pataratida Pacharawirapong, Siwat Chotchaicharin and Porntip Papanai as Mae Nak.
Mak and Nak, a young couple, buy an old house where they expect to live as soon as they get married. Also, as a wedding gift, Mak, acquires an old brooch for his future wife.
Before and after getting married, Mak has a recurrent nightmare about a disfigured woman who later is revealed to be the ghost of Mae Nak, a woman that died a hundred years before, that is haunting him for some reason. It seems that both their house, and the brooch have a certain connection with Mae Nak Phrakhanong, a figure of horror and despair from one of Thailand's most famous and enduring ghost legends.
Set in the modern Thailand, The Ghost Of Mae Nak, is a new twist on a legendary ghost story, that shows how true love goes beyond death.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Re-Cycle is a 2006 horror film. It is a Hong Kong/Thai co-production directed by the Pang Brothers and starring Angelica Lee.
After her three previous novels are made into a movie, novelist Ting-yin (Angelica Lee) decides that it is time for her to embark in the writing of her new book. However, this time she chooses to write about the supernatural and declares that her new novel will be entitled The Re-Cycle.
When she begins writing, she notices that strange things start happening around her, but she pays no attention and continues writing, occasionally deleting and starting over some paragraphs. Later, she discovers that she is experiencing the supernatural events she is describing for her future novel; unfortunately for her, all the efforts to purge herself of the weird events only seem to provide the necessary kick-start for the evil characters to completely manifest themselves in the real world. Soon she finds it more and more difficult to tell whether she is in a real world, or the product of her own imagination. Steadily she is drawn into the world of horror she is creating, in which she experiences real and pure terror.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Purei (a.k.a. Pray) is a 2005 Japanese horror film directed by Yuichi Sato. The movie stars Tetsuji Tamayama and Asami Mizukawa.
Believing that they were going to get a huge ransom, Mitsuru (Tetsuji Tamayama) and Miwa (Asami Mizukawa) kidnap a little girl in a park. However, when they call the girl's parents to tell them about it, their plan takes a gruesome turn when they are told that the girl has been dead for a year. While hiding out in an abandoned school with some of their friends, they notice that very strange things begin to happen as Mitsuru becomes increasingly overwhelmed by the weird little girl. Soon members of the group feel that they are being haunted by something else, and they start being brutally killed. It is later discover the connection that exists among the little girl, Mitsuru, and the deaths in the school.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Yogen (a.k.a. Premonition) is a 2004 Japanese horror film directed by Tsuruta Norio. The movie is the second installment in the J-Horror Theater series that started with Infection (2004) and ended with Reincarnation (2006).
Hideki, his wife Ayaka, and their young daughter Nana are driving happily through the countryside when they decide to stop at a roadside phone booth, because Hideki needed to send an e-mail from his laptop. In the booth, Hideki discovers a piece of a partially burnt newspaper with his daughter's picture on it. As he reads the newspaper, he discovers that it says that his daughter died in an accident after being hit by a truck; when he goes to help Nana get out of the car, a truck eventually hit the car pushing in to the side of the road to finally explode killing the young girl.
The movie then revolves around Hideshi trying to find the reason for his daughter to die and eventually discovering Nana's death is the first of many he can predict. After a while, it will be impossible for Hideki to know what is real and what is not in such intricate plot.
Colic is a 2006 Thai horror film directed by Patchanon Thammajira; the film stars Pimpan Chalaikupp, Vittaya Wasukraipaisan, and Kuntheera Sattabongkot.
After Prae and Pong find out that they are going to be parents, they decide to get married and go live with his mother outside the city.
When the baby is born, he cries constantly and seems to be in real pain all the time. After the doctor has checked on the baby, he concludes that the baby is simply suffering from colic, and that it will disappear after some months. However, some months later the baby is still crying and his mother decides to consult a parapsychologist and see what alternative explanations could there be out there to help her baby boy.
As the family members start experiencing mysterious and inexplicable situations, Prae (the baby's mom) realizes that there is a force trying to get on her baby, and that it its time for her to find out what to do to help her son.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Ab-Normal Beauty is a 2004 Hong Kong horror film co-written and directed by Oxide Pang. The movie stars the Cantapop group 2R which features the sisters Rosanne and Race Wong.
After witnessing a car accident, Jiney becomes obsessed with photographing the death; besides taking pictures of people committing suicide, she even takes pictures of animal being killed to satisfy her newly discovered obsession.
It is later revealed that most of her abnormality is due to a childhood traumatic situation in which she was sexually abused by some of her cousins. With the aid of her girlfriend Jas, Jiney manage to easy her hunger for bloody scenes for a little while; but after some time she finds herself stalk by a murderer who even sends her VHS copies of his snuff films. Soon Jiney will be involved in a life or death situation that will put her in a more gruesome situation than she could have ever imagined.
The film shares some scenes with Leave Me Alone, directed by Danny Pang who is Oxide Pang's twin-brother.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Face is a 2004 South Korean horror film written by Yoo Sang-gon.
A serial killer seems to be around a South Korean city; after he kills his victims, he melts then down and only the skull is left behind. A facial reconstruction specialist is hired to help identify the victims, but after his daughter starts getting sick due to a heart transplant he starts being more concerned about her than about his job. However, a new assistant is hired and both continue to work on the reconstruction of the victims' face; later on the movie it is discovered that there is a connection between Hyun-min's (the specialist) daughter, the assistant, and the murders.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Cinderella is a 2006 South Korean horror film directed by Bong Man-dae. The movie stars Sin Se-kyeong and Do ji-won.
After her birthday, all of Hyeon-su's (Sin Se-kyeong) friends start to have creepy visions and eventually all of then die under strange circumstances. It is revealed that all of the girls have received facial surgery by Hyeon-su's mother. When Hyeon-su starts investigating, she soon discovers that, apparently, she is not her mother's biological daughter, and that it seems that there is someone else living in their house. She feels that her mother is hiding something from her and at last she must uncover her mother's darkest secrets.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Cello is a 2005 South Korean horror film directed by Lee Woo-cheol.
After Hong Mi-ju (Seong Hyeon-ah) gets threatened by one of her former cello students, she starts experiencing weird things going on around her. Then, an invitation to a cello concert reminds her of a car accident that one of her friends supposedly suffered. Over the next few days a lot of things start happening to Mi-ju and her family and she feels there is an evil force surrounding her household. As some people around her start dying in strange circumstances, Mi-ju begins to experience some kinds of flashbacks of a car accident she was involved in; from here on her own reality becomes more and more awkward as she starts discovering where the real evil lies in.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Kairo (a.k.a Pulse) is a 2001 Japanese horror film written, produced, and directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, and starring Kôji Yakusho, Kumiko Asô, Koyuki, and Kurume Arisaka.
The movie's plot focuses on the isolation that Japanese people are experiencing due to the Internet invading the world and the loneliness this provokes.
Many strange things start happening in Tokyo; after one of their friends die, a group of friends start looking for the possible reasons for his apparent suicide. Visions of dead people, shadows on the wall, and even online suicides is what they find along their way. It appears to them that people are trying to communicate from beyond after living a life of oblivion and self alienation due to the constant use of the Internet and the lack of social life.
The film is developed in two different story lines whose protagonists meet at the end for a last attempt of survival from such apocalyptic set of events.
In this, somehow slow paced movie, director Kurosawa masters to create a dark atmosphere of surreal but yet plausible events in an apocalyptic time. We get the idea of a quasi-painful reality: we, humans, are bound to live alone and death is just the beginning for a longer and unavoidable loneliness.
This movie ends with no happy ending and no apparent future for its survivals; solitude seems to be our reality in the present and it will be in the future to come.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Ichi The Killer is a 2001 Japanese film directed Takashi Miike. The movie stars Tadanobu Asano, Nao Omori as Ichi, Shinya Tsukamoto, and Alien Sun.
A boss of one of the Yakuza gangs is killed and his fellow gangsters start looking for the assassin. They are told that a guy named Ichi is behind everything and they decide to find him and kill him before he ends up killing everybody in the gangs.
Ichi is just a trouble-minded guy who became assassin due to his confusing memories of a rape and the constant manipulations of his apparently close friends. Kakihara, the guy with the scarred face, and Ichi will soon meet to give and end to this stylistic, gruesome and yet hilarious plot full of blood, guts and gross-outs everywhere.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Yeogo Goedam IV: Moksori (a.k.a. Voice) is the fourth installment in the South Korean horror film series that started in 1998 with Whispering Corridors. Voice was released in 2005 and it was directed by Choi Ik-hwan.
Voice, as the previous three movies, is set in an all-girl Korean school. The movie tells about a young girl who after training singing after hours in her high school is mysteriously murdered. The student's ghost starts wandering around the school until she realizes that her best friend can still hear her voice: the movie then focuses on the two girls (Young-eon and Seon-min) trying to find the reasons behind the murder of Young-eon, and the strange suicide of their music teacher.
Yeogo Goedam III (a.k.a. Wishing Stairs) is a 2003 South Korean horror movie directed by Yun Jae-yeon. As with the previous installment, the movies present no resemblance or relation whatsoever with the first film Whispering Corridors.
It is said that if you count the stairs heading to the dorms one by one up to twenty-eight, a new step appears and you will be granted a wish.
The film takes place in an all-girl school where two friends are competing to gain an only placement to go to a dance school in Russia.
Feeling disappointed for not getting the right attention, one of the girls, Jin-sung, betrays her friend So-hee who after a fight becomes crippled and finally decides to commit suicide after her friends confesses no to stand her anymore.
When Soo-hee's spirit is wished to be back, a lot of creepy things start happening around the school, and the girls will learn the hard way that wishing upon the stair has its consequences.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Yeogo Goedam II (a.k.a. Memento Mori) is a 1999 South Korean thriller film directed by Kim Tae-yong and Min Kyu-dong. Although the Korean name of the movie suggests that it is a sequel to the 1998 Yeogo Goedam (a.k.a. Whispering Corridors), the movies are totally unrelated, and only share their name.
The movie tells the story of the girls in a female-only Korean school. The movie focuses in the lesbian relationship of two of the students and the many situations surrounding their relation including pregnancy, suicide and ghost apparitions. The movie offers no linear event sequence, often from the point of view of Soh Min-Ah one of the couple's classmates who happens to find their diary and starts having hallucinations about the two lesbian girls and their vicissitudes.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Yeogo Goedam (a.k.a. Whispering Corridors) is a 1998 South Korean horror film directed by Park Ki-Hyeong. The movie stars Lee Mi-yeon, Choi Se-yeon, Kim Gyu-ri, Choi Kang-hee, Park Yong-soo, and Kim Yoo-seok.
The movie is set in a Korean all-female high school and starts the first day of school. A mature teacher, Mrs. Park, is still in the school, even though it is close, looking through some of the yearbooks in which she finds something mysterious and scary concerning one alumni who died a few years previously. As she tries to call a colleague to tell her what she had found, she is haunted by a spirit who eventually kills her and hangs her in the school yard. When the new teacher, Hur Eun-young (Lee Mi-yeon) arrives at the school, new weird events concerning the death of more people keep happening. The teacher, along with some students, start investigating the possible connection between Jin-Ju (the girl that died 9 years ago) and the actual events in the school. As the story ends, the teacher discovers that there is something that connects her, Jin-ju and some other girls in the school.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Kansen (a.k.a. Infection) is a 2004 Japanese horror film directed by Masayuki Ochiai.
When a desperate ambulance driver leaves a patient with a lethal infection at a hospital, Dr. Akai convinces his too colleagues that there is a virus that they have to research in the hospital. The doctors' research lead to a set of events that ends up with everybody in the night shift being involved in a dream-like phenomenon. At the end, nobody will know what is real and what is not in this complicated plot.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Bunshinsaba is a 2004 South Korean horror movie directed by Ahn Byeong-ki.
After being constantly bullied by their classmates, three girls decide to put a spell on their abusive classmates by using a Ouija board like sheet of paper and the Bunshinsaba curse. On the following days the girls in the school start to immolate themselves mysteriously. Some investigations done by the police soon point at Yoo-Jin, one of the girls that cast the spell, who states that she did not remember being involved in her classmates death. Yoo-Jin then realizes that the spirit of Kim In-Sook, a student who died 30 years ago, possessed her body after she opened her eyes during the Ouija enchantment. Kim In-Sook's spirit and her mother's soon star to get their revenge from their wrongdoers.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Three...Extremes is a 2004 Asian horror movie. It is a sequel in name and in concept to the 2002 film Three.
The movie consists of three segments directed by three different directors and in three different languages in the following order:
Box, Japanese segment directed by Takashi Miike.
Dumplings, Hong Kong segment in Chinese language directed by Fruit Chan.
Cut, South Korean segment directed by Park Chan-wook.
It is about a woman who wakes up every morning after having a nightmare of herself being buried alive in a tiny box in the snow. The movie develops as she searches for her sister who disappeared when they where young. As the film goes on she realizes that her dreams and reality might be somehow connected.
An old and retired actress finds a woman who sells some dumplings that are said to help you rejuvenate. As the plot progresses, the woman finds out what the dumplings are made of and the gruesome secret behind them.
After finishing a take for his upcoming film, a young director finds himself tied up in his own set. The director realizes he and his wife were kidnapped by one extra who forces him to perform his sadistic and twisted plot. The director agrees to follow the demands, since his wife, a professional piano player, is tied up like a marionette and the sadistic kidnapper will chop off her fingers if the director does not follow his directions.