Japanese Horror Movies

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Japanese Horror Movies

Ever watched these Japanese Horror Movies? We know you'll find some new picks. Here are 17 of the best ones.

Perfect Blue (1997)

Perfect Blue
★★★★
★★★★
3.2 out of 4 stars

From Satoshi Kon, starring Junko Iwao, Rica Matsumoto, Shinpachi Tsuji, Masaaki Ôkura
Rated R

Perfect Blue is a psychological thriller directed by Satoshi Kon and released in 1997. The film follows the story of Mima Kirigoe, an aspiring singer who quits her idol group to pursue an acting career. As she struggles to break into the new world of acting, Mima begins to experience strange phenomena, such as receiving anonymous messages, being followed, and seeing visions of her former self. As her life spirals out of control, Mima becomes increasingly desperate to understand what is happening to her. Perfect Blue is a tense, stylish, and thought-provoking exploration of the dark side of fame and identity.

Battle Royale (2000)

Battle Royale
★★★★
★★★★
3 out of 4 stars

From Kinji Fukasaku, starring Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Tarô Yamamoto, Chiaki Kuriyama
Rated Not Rated

Battle Royale is a controversial 2000 Japanese film directed by Kinji Fukasaku. Set in a dystopian future, the film follows a group of junior high school students who are selected to take part in a government-mandated survival game, where they must fight to the death until only one remains. The goal of the game is to reduce youth violence by instilling fear and discipline into the participants. The film is considered a cult classic and has been praised for its social commentary and extreme violence. It has also been the subject of much debate and controversy due to its portrayal of violence.

Godzilla (1954)

Godzilla
★★★★
★★★★
3 out of 4 stars

From Ishirô Honda, starring Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata, Akira Takarada, Momoko Kôchi
Rated Not Rated

Godzilla is a 1954 Japanese science fiction kaiju film directed by Ishirô Honda. It is the first film in the Godzilla franchise and the first of the so-called "Shōwa era" of Godzilla films. The film tells the story of a giant prehistoric monster unleashed from the depths of the ocean by American nuclear testing. The monster, dubbed "Godzilla," begins a path of destruction that threatens the whole of Tokyo. The Japanese military is powerless to stop the beast and it is up to a brilliant scientist and his rag-tag team of allies to try to find a way to save the city. The original Japanese version of the film is considered to be a classic of Japanese cinema and is widely regarded as one of the greatest monster movies of all time.

Cure (1997)

Cure
★★★★
★★★★
3 out of 4 stars

From Kiyoshi Kurosawa, starring Masato Hagiwara, Kôji Yakusho, Tsuyoshi Ujiki, Anna Nakagawa
Rated Not Rated

Cold Fish (2010)

Cold Fish
★★★★
★★★★
2.8 out of 4 stars

From Sion Sono, starring Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Denden, Asuka Kurosawa, Megumi Kagurazaka
Rated Not Rated

Noriko's Dinner Table (2005)

Noriko's Dinner Table
★★★★
★★★★
2.8 out of 4 stars

From Sion Sono, starring Kazue Fukiishi, Tsugumi, Yuriko Yoshitaka, Shirô Namiki
Rated Not Rated

Audition (1999)

Audition
★★★★
★★★★
2.8 out of 4 stars

From Takashi Miike, starring Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Tetsu Sawaki, Jun Kunimura
Rated R

Ichi the Killer (2001)

Ichi the Killer
★★★★
★★★★
2.8 out of 4 stars

From Takashi Miike, starring Tadanobu Asano, Nao Ômori, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Paulyn Sun
Rated R

The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001)

The Happiness of the Katakuris
★★★★
★★★★
2.8 out of 4 stars

From Takashi Miike, starring Kenji Sawada, Keiko Matsuzaka, Shinji Takeda, Naomi Nishida
Rated R

Gozu (2003)

Gozu
★★★★
★★★★
2.8 out of 4 stars

From Takashi Miike, starring Yûta Sone, Kimika Yoshino, Shôhei Hino, Keiko Tomita
Rated R

Three... Extremes (2004)

Three... Extremes
★★★★
★★★★
2.8 out of 4 stars

From Directors: Fruit Chan, Park Chan-wook, Takashi Miike, starring Bai Ling, Lee Byung-hun, Kyoko Hasegawa, Pauline Lau
Rated R

Shin Godzilla (2016)

Shin Godzilla
★★★★
★★★★
2.7 out of 4 stars

From Directors: Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi, starring Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi, Satomi Ishihara, Ren Ôsugi
Rated Not Rated

Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)

Ju-on: The Grudge
★★★★
★★★★
2.7 out of 4 stars

From Takashi Shimizu, starring Megumi Okina, Misaki Itô, Misa Uehara, Yui Ichikawa
Rated R

Pulse (2001)

Pulse
★★★★
★★★★
2.6 out of 4 stars

From Kiyoshi Kurosawa, starring Haruhiko Katô, Kumiko Asô, Koyuki, Kurume Arisaka
Rated R

One Missed Call (2003)

One Missed Call
★★★★
★★★★
2.5 out of 4 stars

From Takashi Miike, starring Ko Shibasaki, Shin'ichi Tsutsumi, Kazue Fukiishi, Anna Nagata
Rated R

Onmyoji: The Yin Yang Master (2001)

Onmyoji: The Yin Yang Master
★★★★
★★★★
2.5 out of 4 stars

From Yôjirô Takita, starring Mansai Nomura, Hideaki Itô, Hiroyuki Sanada, Eriko Imai
Rated R

Marebito (2004)

Marebito
★★★★
★★★★
2.4 out of 4 stars

From Takashi Shimizu, starring Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Tomomi Miyashita, Kazuhiro Nakahara, Miho Ninagawa
Rated R

 



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