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Asian Horror
Topic by: Ayato
Posted: May 1, 2004 - 8:27 PM PDT
Last Reply: August 1, 2004 - 2:01 PM PDT

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author topic: Asian Horror
Ayato
post #1  on May 1, 2004 - 8:27 PM PDT  
Ive been watching alot of it recently, and loving it...

So far ive seen:

Wild Zero
Suicide Circle
Tell Me Something
Ringu
Memento Mori
Versus
battle Royale(sorta counts)
Ichi the Killer
Audition


Any recommendations on other good movies of this type?

ColonelKong
post #2  on May 1, 2004 - 8:56 PM PDT  
> Any recommendations on other good movies of this type?

Evil Dead Trap is a good Japanese horror movie, as is Sogo Ishii's currently-not-on-DVD Angel Dust, which gets my vote for the spookiest use of The Zombies' "The Time of the Season" in any film ever. I caught the HP Lovecraft-inspired Uzumaki on the Sundance Channel once, and I remember liking it. If you're interested in older Japanese horror, I highly recommend Kwaidan and Onibaba. (I love both of those films, but I would classify them as more "spooky" than "scary". Personally, I find that "spooky" horror movies are the ones that linger in my brain for a longer time.)

I've seen all of the movies you mention, except for Suicide Circle and Memento Mori.
ColonelKong
post #3  on May 1, 2004 - 9:10 PM PDT  
Another Sogo Ishii movie that I wish was on DVD is the delirious Crazy Family. It's more of a comedy than the movies that you list, but I think you'd probably like it if you like any of those films, and I'd say that it has a bit of a Takashi Miike vibe. (When I saw Miike's Happiness of the Katakuris, it reminded me a little of Crazy Family, even though the overall tone is a little more sunny and upbeat.)

I noticed that Sogo Ishii was thanked in the end credits of Kill Bill, I wonder why (I know that Katsuhito Ishii, the director of Sharkskin Man and Peach Hip Girl, contributed the drawings of the young O-Ren and the yakuza boss seen in Vol. 1, and also did a drawing of Elle Driver which gave Queintin Tarantino the idea for the red cross eyepatch she wears in V1.)
markhl
post #4  on May 2, 2004 - 7:38 AM PDT  
For those interested, Memento Mori is the second part of a trilogy (the others being Whispering Corridors and Wishing Stairs). The first one is hard to find but the third one should be appearing sometime soon. HOWEVER, almost everyone seems to agree that the second one is the best..

Recently, my favorite horror has been A Tale of Two Sisters..
lizzoqops
post #5  on May 2, 2004 - 2:03 PM PDT  
You've somehow missed the Kiyoshi Kurosawa take on things...come to the dark side, where horror is not quite horror....or is it?

I highly recommend his "Cure" (still my favorite), and then whatever else you can find on Region 1 (some movies will pop up in a Greencine search).

Lizzo

SDChas
post #6  on May 2, 2004 - 3:42 PM PDT  
I need a movie title. I saw this on VHS once. No idea if it is available on DVD. Anyway the movie was an Asian (Japanese?) alternative of Willard. Except this guy lived in the sewers? and had a little army of snakes to attack his victims. I think he kidnapped a girl down to his lair also.

Any ideas on the title?

Ayato
post #7  on May 2, 2004 - 5:35 PM PDT  
>
> I've seen all of the movies you mention, except for Suicide Circle and Memento Mori.
>
> ---------------------------------



Memento mori is a pretty good movie, and I really loved suicide club. Its not the most coherent movie, and I think its one of those love it or hate it kind of things. It also has some very memorable scenes....and the jpop is catchy :P
stypee
post #8  on May 3, 2004 - 6:05 AM PDT  
Have a look at JU ON: THE GRUDGE (which has become a franchise) another film being re-made here in the states.

Another one is THE EYE, if you can find the first release and not the current one. It stole from a few popular American films but we steal from them so what's the difference, I rather enjoyed this one anyway.

STACY which I own and have yet to watch but have heard nothing but good things about.

BATTLE ROYALE think LORD OF THE FLIES ON ACID wth lots of blood. AVOID THE SEQUEL!

If you like gore than the GUINEA PIG SERIES is for you. Before the advent of DVD these flicks were a big item on the market. They didn't have any subtitles so you'd have to just watch, those things were freaking sick!

Than there's MEN BEHIND THE SUN or MAN BEHIND THE SUN (always mess up the title) they made I think three of these films and they're quite disturbing and sick. Supposedly true as well.

I can't remember the other one's at the moment, it's to early...

Cinenaut
post #9  on May 3, 2004 - 9:28 AM PDT  
Inner Senses is definitely worth a look.
Cinenaut
post #10  on May 3, 2004 - 9:44 AM PDT  
Oh, and if you can't get enough of Ringu, you might try The Ring Virus, which is a Korean remake.
manfarang
post #11  on May 3, 2004 - 10:41 AM PDT  
As already mentioned, The Eye was fairly entertaining. I also recently viewed Horror Hotline: Big Head Monster and it creeped me out far more than I anticipated.
Cinenaut
post #12  on May 3, 2004 - 10:44 AM PDT  
Why does that remind me of the band Big Head Todd and the Monsters?
Ayato
post #13  on May 5, 2004 - 7:03 PM PDT  
I just finished Tomie and Tomie Replay. They were not great, but good enough to rent. Good enough to warrent renting the next three in the series as well.

By the way, the movies are based of the manga of the same name, which is done by Junji Ito(creator of the Uzumaki manga).
rmarkd
post #14  on May 6, 2004 - 1:09 PM PDT  
Check out The Hypnotist

-Mark


> On May 1, 2004 - 8:27 PM PDT Ayato wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Ive been watching alot of it recently, and loving it...
>
> So far ive seen:
>
> Wild Zero
> Suicide Circle
> Tell Me Something
> Ringu
> Memento Mori
> Versus
> battle Royale(sorta counts)
> Ichi the Killer
> Audition
>
>
> Any recommendations on other good movies of this type?
>
>
> ---------------------------------

Ayato
post #15  on May 25, 2004 - 2:12 PM PDT  
I made a list, tell me if im missing anything. Ive only seen about half the movies on the list, and ill have more descriptions as I watch them all.
Ayato
post #16  on May 27, 2004 - 6:41 PM PDT  
Also, does anyone know good sites of online stores to buy these types of movies?
tranescape
post #17  on June 3, 2004 - 10:42 AM PDT  
> On May 27, 2004 - 6:41 PM PDT Ayato wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Also, does anyone know good sites of online stores to buy these types of movies?
> ---------------------------------

I usually buy from sensasian.com (if you're the patient type), hkflix.com, and yesasia.com
JBellows
post #18  on June 3, 2004 - 5:00 PM PDT  
I thought Ju on sucked. I could have edited about half hour from the thing. And I just could really care less as the people died throughout the movie. I had no sympathy for whoever was supposed to be the hero-heroine. The kid is supposed to be creepy, I know, but I thought we just adorable! He didn't unnerve so much as made me want to give him just a big ole hug. Obviously something is missing in the translation here.

> On May 3, 2004 - 6:05 AM PDT stypee wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Have a look at JU ON: THE GRUDGE (which has become a franchise) another film being re-made here in the states.
>
> Another one is THE EYE, if you can find the first release and not the current one. It stole from a few popular American films but we steal from them so what's the difference, I rather enjoyed this one anyway.
>
> STACY which I own and have yet to watch but have heard nothing but good things about.
>
> BATTLE ROYALE think LORD OF THE FLIES ON ACID wth lots of blood. AVOID THE SEQUEL!
>
> If you like gore than the GUINEA PIG SERIES is for you. Before the advent of DVD these flicks were a big item on the market. They didn't have any subtitles so you'd have to just watch, those things were freaking sick!
>
> Than there's MEN BEHIND THE SUN or MAN BEHIND THE SUN (always mess up the title) they made I think three of these films and they're quite disturbing and sick. Supposedly true as well.
>
> I can't remember the other one's at the moment, it's to early...
>
>
> ---------------------------------

ColonelKong
post #19  on June 7, 2004 - 8:54 PM PDT  
I caught the first Tomie movie over the weekend, it was a pretty solid if somewhat confusing Japanese horror movie, but nothing that spectacular. Still, I am having a pretty tough time extracting the spooky title theme with the vocoder-distorted vocals from my head (Were those lyrics in English? I could make out the words "dreaming, dreaming, with you"). For me, it somehow never quite topped the image of the eye looking through the slit in the plastic bag in the opening scene. I personally preferred Uzumaki, which was also based on a manga by Junju Ito.

Should I go out of my way to see any more of the movies in this series? A video store here also has the second and third movies (Tomie Replay and Tomie Rebirth). I noticed that Takashi Shimizu directed Tomie Rebirth, I've wanted to see Ju-On for a while (we'll no doubt get an R1 disc about the time that the Sam Raimi-produced remake hits theaters), how similar is it to that film? Is it necessary to have seen Replay to understand Rebirth, or are all the films pretty self-contained? Are the fourth and fifth movies worth seeing either? The fourth one was shot on video and looks rather cheap, it doesn't even look like it was very well-shot video.
ColonelKong
post #20  on June 7, 2004 - 9:00 PM PDT  
> On May 5, 2004 - 7:03 PM PDT Ayato wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I just finished Tomie and Tomie Replay. They were not great, but good enough to rent. Good enough to warrent renting the next three in the series as well.
>
> By the way, the movies are based of the manga of the same name, which is done by Junji Ito(creator of the Uzumaki manga).
> ---------------------------------

Oops, I guess I should've scrolled up a little to see if anyone had already posted about these films? If we both thought that the first film was just "ok", there's probably a good chance that I'd have a similar reaction to the second one. Even if it's "ok", there are probably other movies more worthy of my time. I would've rented the new Criterion Stray Dog disc instead of Tomie, but someone else already checked it out. I was a little irritated, but also kind of glad that someone else in my town watches Kurosawa movies.
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