Don't Look Up
Directed by Hideo Nakata
Everything seems to be going well on director Murai’s new film, a period piece set in World War Two. But when the crew screens the dailies, they see a ghostly image from another film shoot, with a scary actress who seems strangely familiar. As the shoot progresses, disturbing spiritual sightings send everyone over the edge. Will Murai finish his film? Or will the ghost curse the production for good? Hideo Nakata’s exceptionally eerie debut first introduced the idea of an angry apparition dwelling in a film image, two years before his similarly themed follow-up RINGU kicked off the J-Horror phenomenon.
A Japanese film crew shooting a period piece are haunted by the angry ghost of an actress.
Cast: Yûrei Yanagi, Yasuyo Shirashima, Kei Ishibashi, Ren Osugi, Sabu
Nice little ghost story with a few effective scares. The thing I love about Asian ghosts is that they will just fuck you up for no reason....you just happened to cross their path. In most western ghost stories, there is some element of morality or justice brought in....a righting of wrong or balancing the scales. In the Asian films I've seen, it's usually people who are just going about there lives and a ghost decides for whatever reason to target them. Ultimately the randomness makes it much scarier.
I found this movie very interesting and I greatly appreciate it's length. I wish more movies were only around this long. I don't have much patience to watch 2 1/2 hour long movies anymore. Great to see how this movie inspired so many video games, manga, and movies after it. You can really see the impact it had. Great ghost story.
I'm a big Asian horror fan, but this is legitimately the worst film in the genre I've ever seen. I found it extremely dull, with most of the movie consisting of watching a film crew shoot a boring movie instead of creating an atmospheric horror film. There are very few scares throughout the film and the few meager ones that exist are extremely brief and mild and right when it seems like something interesting is about to happen, it either ends prematurely or never takes off and goes right back to the boring film shoot. The film has a low-budget and unfortunately, the special effects are unconvincing. This is made even worse by inappropriate music choices which take away from any tension the film could have been building up. Even if you are remotely familiar with Asian horror, the few creepy parts in this film are going to feel trite and overused. Overall, there isn't enough here to make this film worth a watch, even at its brief length.
Mild, not-bad ghost story from the director of Ringu & Dark Water (but pre-dating both). It has a great score and is well acted but somehow the ending is a letdown.
Spooky, restrained yurei film. Chilling without being overdone. Preferred it to Nakata's more famous outing, Ringu.