takashi shimizu

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Takashi Shimizu is baaaaack with ‘Little Nightmares’, aka 'こどもつかい’!
“A suburban town is shaken by a series of mysterious child disappearances, and suspicious adult deaths. A rumor begins to spread on the internet that any adult who suddenly encounters a returned “child” will die mysteriously three days later. Local newspaper reporter Shunya Ezaki refuses to believe that children are killing adults, and begins to investigate the truth behind the strange deaths. Who on earth is “Kodomo Tsukai”? And what kind of dark fate do the abducted children drag their adult victims toward?”

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“When someone dies in the grip of a powerful rage… a curse is born. The curse gathers in that place of death. Those who encounter it will be consumed by its fury.”

-The Grudge (2004)

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Countdown to Halloween | The Grudge (2004)

It is said in Japan that when a person dies in extreme sorrow or rage the emotion remains becoming a stain upon that place. The memory of what happened repeats itself there. Death becomes a part of that place, killing everything it touches. Once you become a part of it, it will never let you go.

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CAPSULE MOVIE REVIEWS - MAREBITO (THE STRANGER FROM AFAR)


Increasingly unsettling Lovecraftian horror film by way of gonzo Japanese cinema.  A mentally-ill video producer named Masuoka goes off his meds and becomes obsessed with a suicide in which a man stabs out his own eyes.  Becoming more and more convinced that the man saw something so horrifying that the only way he thought he could unsee it was to stab out his eyes, Masuoka delves into an impossible space below the underground trains and discovers a beautiful girl.  The girl is the catalyst for Masuoka’s condition to deteriorate into complete mania and insanity as he drags the audience down the rabbit hole into a land of bizarre creatures and unstable truth.  Twisting possibilities come together to make a wholly uneasy viewing experience. (4/5)

Shinya Tsukamoto is well cast in Takashi Shimizu’s dark fable; the director of Tetsuo: The Iron Man gives a singularly withdrawn and twitchy performance as the tortured protagonist.  Filmed between Shimizu’s most well-known J-Horror film, Ju-On, and his English-language remake The Grudge, Marebito is better than both despite being an oft-times confusing concoction of mad genius.  Shot in a mere 8 days on digital video it is a hurried and all-together unique blend of insane hollow Earth theory, mental illness, H.P. Lovecraft, vampires, voyeurism, and murder worthy of David Cronenberg or David Lynch.  Highly recommended!