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Japanese Horror – Curses, Oni & Kaiju

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Godzilla (1954)

Directors: Ishirô Honda

Writers: Takeo Murata, Ishirô Honda

Stars: Takashi Shimura,  Akihiko Hirata,  Akira Takarada

Story: Nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast.

Other Films In Series: Godzilla Raids Again (1955), King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962), Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964), Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964), Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965), Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966), Son of Godzilla (1967), Destroy All Monsters (1968), Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971), Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972), Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973), Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974), Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975), and many more

Matango (1963)

Directors: Ishirô Honda

Writers: Takeshi Kimura (screenplay), Shin'ichi Hoshi (adaptation)

Stars: Akira Kubo,  Kumi Mizuno,  Hiroshi Koizumi

Story: A group of castaways find themselves on a strange island. There they become addicted to narcotic-like mushrooms, and hunted by mutated islanders.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Kwaidan (1964)

Directors: Masaki Kobayashi

Writers: Yôko Mizuki (screenplay), Lafcadio Hearn (novel)

Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Michiyo Aratama, Misako Watanabe

Story: An anthology horror film featuring a collection of four Japanese folk tales with supernatural themes.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Kuroneko (1968)

Directors: Kaneto Shindô

Writers: Kaneto Shindô

Stars: Kichiemon Nakamura,  Nobuko Otowa,  Kei Satô

Story: Two women are raped and killed by samurai soldiers. Soon they reappear as vengeful ghosts who seduce and brutally murder the passing samurai.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Ringu (1998)

Directors: Hideo Nakata

Writers: Hiroshi Takahashi (screenplay), Kôji Suzuki (novel)

Stars: Nanako Matsushima,  Miki Nakatani,  Yûko Takeuchi

Story: TV reporter and single mother, Reiko gets caught up in a series of deaths surrounding a cursed video tape.

Other Films In Series: Rasen (aka Spiral, 1998), Ring 2 (1999), Ring 0: Birthday (2000), Sadako 3D (2012), Sadako 3D 2 (2013), Sadako vs. Kayako (2016)

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Battle Royale (2000)

Directors: Kinji Fukasaku

Writers: Koushun Takami (novel), Kenta Fukasaku (screenplay)

Stars: Tatsuya Fujiwara,  Aki Maeda,  Tarô Yamamoto

Story:  In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act.

Other Films In Series: Battle Royale II: Requiem (2003)

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Versus (2000)

Directors: Ryûhei Kitamura

Writers: Ryûhei Kitamura, Yudai Yamaguchi

Stars: Tak Sakaguchi,  Hideo Sakaki,  Chieko Misaka

Story: There are 666 portals that connect this world to the other side. These are concealed from all human beings. Somewhere in Japan exists the 444th portal.... The forest of resurrection.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Pulse (2001)

Directors: Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Writers: Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Stars: Haruhiko Katô,  Kumiko Asô,  Koyuki

Story: Two groups of people discover evidence that suggests spirits may be trying to invade the human world through the Internet.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Ichi: The Killer (2001)

Directors: Takashi Miike

Writers: Sakichi Satô (screenplay), Hideo Yamamoto (manga)

Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Nao Ohmori, Shin'ya Tsukamoto

Story: As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of.

Other Films In Series: 1-Ichi (2003)

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Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)

Directors: Takashi Shimizu

Writers: Takashi Shimizu

Stars: Megumi Okina, Misaki Itô, Misa Uehara

Story: A mysterious and vengeful spirit marks and pursues anybody who dares enter the house in which it resides.

Other Films In Series: Ju-On: The Grudge 2 (2003), Ju-On: White Ghost (2009), Ju-On: Black Ghost (2009), Ju-On: The Beginning of the End (2014), Ju-On: The Final Curse (2015), Sadako vs. Kayako (2016)

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Dark Water (2002)

Directors: Hideo Nakata

Writers:  Kôji Suzuki (novel), Ken'ichi Suzuki (screenplay)

Stars: Hitomi Kuroki,  Rio Kanno,  Mirei Oguchi

Story: A mother and her 6 year old daughter move into a creepy apartment whose every surface is permeated by water.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Noroi: The Curse (2005)

Directors: Kôji Shiraishi

Writers: Kôji Shiraishi

Stars: Jin Muraki,  Rio Kanno,  Tomono Kuga

Story: A documentary filmmaker explores seemingly unrelated paranormal incidents connected by the legend of an ancient demon called the "kagutaba."

Other Films In Series: None.

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Attack on Titan: Part 1 (2015)

Directors: Shinji Higuchi

Writers: Hajime Isayama (manga), Tomohiro Machiyama (screenplay)

Stars: Haruma Miura, Kiko Mizuhara, Kanata Hongô

Story: In a world where giant humanoid Titans prey on humans, Eren joins the scouting legion to get revenge on the monsters who killed everyone in his town.

Other Films In Series: Attack on Titan: Part 2 (2015), Attack on Titan: Counter Rockets (TV Mini-Series 2015)

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