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Re(3):Japanese horror films anyone?
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[QUOTE] Thanks, everyone, for your recommendations. I've had Pulse on my DVR for over a year now, so I think it will be good viewing this weekend, and a quick check of my local rental place's inventory shows that they have almost all of the films mentioned by everyone. The reason it's been hard for me to decide what to watch is that they not only have a Japanese film section-- they have an entire seven or eight shelves just devoted to Japanese horror. And a whole section for Japanese erotica, I should note. [/QUOTE] It sounds like you're suffering from an embarrassment of riches. While I'm sure there's a lot of good stuff in the horror section -and probably the erotica section, depending on what the store feels falls into that genre and what you feel like watching- trying to watch the store's entire stock wouldn't be the best way of finding the best material. I've been trying that method with my Netflix queue and while I've come across a number of gems I may have otherwise missed I've also watched more junk than I really want to think about. You have probably already come across both of these films but I might as well add them to the thread. [i]Janghwa, Hongryeon[/i] / [i]Tale of Two Sisters[/i]: The movie sometimes veered off into melodrama and the plot got a bit jumbled toward the end but I remember enjoying the way it updated Gothic horror to a modern setting and the sense of loss that permeated the film. [i]Honogurai mizu no soko kara[/i] / [i]Dark Water[/i]: Hideo Nakata covers a lot of the same notes he hit in [i]Ring[/i] but the film still stands on its own. Although it is not the major aspect of the work, [i]Dark Water[/i] is also probably the most effective film about the horrors of bad rental property I've ever seen. Oddly, both these films have had US remakes. The differences between the versions could make for some interesting viewing. Also, both of these films are good representations of the feminine perspective that ran through a number of the recent horror movies that came out after [i]Ring[/i]. EDIT: [QUOTE]I had the experience of watching the first black and white Tetsuo movie in an old school cinema. The movie itself is not meant to be an horror movie per se, the movie just attempts to show you how cool looking can be that your whole body is starting to mechanize, all of this with wonderful low budget effects. Everything in the movie is secondary, the plot, the character interactions, the comprehensiveness of the pacing; everything falls on it kneels just to show you the special effects. The 80s version kinda looses the feel, because it follows the same premise; but you can't really go "whooa" to the freakness of the special effects[/QUOTE] I once met someone who felt that the first [i]Tetsuo[/i] was all about growing up gay in Japan in the 1980's. That's as good an explanation as any, I suppose.
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