Hideo Nakata

Hideo Nakata – Joyû-rei AKA Don’t Look Up (1996)

Hideo Nakata, director of the Japanese horror phenomenon, Ringu, made his feature debut with Joyurei, or Ghost Actress, also known as Don’t Look Up. Nakata worked from a screenplay by Hiroshi Takahashi, who also wrote the screenplay for Ringu 2.
On the set of a dark WWII drama, a young director, Murai, works with two actresses playing sisters. He clearly has a bit of a crush on Hitomi, the older actress, and keeps a photo of her by his bedside. The younger actress, Saori, is inexperienced and playful. One day the production uses discarded tail ends from other productions to shoot, and when they’re looking at the dailies later, they see the scene they were shooting interrupted by a scene (with no sound) from an earlier film. Read More »

Hideo Nakata – Kaidan (2007)

KAIDAN-Ghost Story (2007) is a breath of fresh air in the genre of J-horror; the film is a homage to classic romantic ghost stories. The film is directed by Hideo Nakata, the same director responsible for Ringu and Dark Water. Forget cursed objects, haunted technology and long-haired ghosts, the film like Kobayashi’s 1960`s classic “Kwaidan” is a welcome change for those viewers very familiar with modern J-horror such as Ju-On;Ringu and Kairo Read More »

Hideo Nakata – Sadistic and Masochistic (2000)

Documentary on director Masaru Konuma, who dedicated his life to Japanese soft porn, directing more than 47 films in more than three decades and specializing in S&M. Read More »