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Japanese Horror Movies

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Japanese Horror Movies

Izumi (Misa Uehara) in Ju-On: The Grudge

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Of course, not all modern Japanese horror (or "J-horror") movies are ghost stories. The antagonist in auteur Takashi Miike's Audition (1999), for example, is a seemingly sweet young lady with a sadistic streak, while Kibakichi (2004) is a werewolf tale, Suicide Club (2002) is a surreal social critique involving with youth rebellion and popular culture, and campy, over-the-top films like Versus (2000) and Wild Zero (1999) transcend description.

Notable Japanese Horror Films

  • Ugetsu (1953)
  • Godzilla (1954)
  • The Ghosts of Kasane Swamp (1957)
  • The Ghost of Yotsuya (1959)
  • Jigoku (1960)
  • Attack of the Mushroom People (1963)
  • Kwaidan (1964)
  • Onibaba (1964)
  • Gamera (1965)
  • Black Cat (1968)
  • Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell (1968)
  • Kuroneko (1968)
  • Blind Beast (1969)
  • Horrors of Malformed Men (1969)
  • Female Prisoner 701: Scorpion (1972)
  • Guinea Pig (1985)
  • Entrails of a Virgin (1986)
  • Evil Dead Trap (1988)
  • Hiruko the Goblin (1991)
  • All Night Long (1992)
  • Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1992)
  • Cure (1997)
  • Ring (1998)
  • Audition (1999)
  • Tomie (1999)
  • Wild Zero (1999)
  • Battle Royale (2000)
  • Uzumaki (2000)
  • Versus (2000)
  • Pulse (2001)
  • Dark Water (2002)
  • Suicide Club (2002)
  • Ju-On: The Grudge (2003)
  • One Missed Call (2003)
  • Kibakichi (2004)
  • Marebito (2004)
  • Premonition (2004)
  • Infection (2005)
  • The Neighbor No. 13 (2005)
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