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My Top 10 Japanese Horror Movies of All Time

Updated on January 22, 2012
Ju-On: The Grudge poster
Ju-On: The Grudge poster | Source

This hub is linked to a previous hub of mine called "My Top 10 Korean Horror Movies of All Time"

It is said that Japan is the king of horror. True, Japanese horror movies, which mostly involves ghosts, are very unique and super scary. The ghosts' long hair, white skin with, weird crawls, abnormal appearance in any time of the day etc. make Japanese horror or "J-horror" intriguingly frightening. So are the crime scenes.

This legacy has inspired other countries, like America and Korea, to produce similar horror movies.

Okay, so here are my personal top 10 Japanese horror movies of all time:

Ju-On: The Grudge (2003)

This movie was remade into American movie titled “The Grudge,” which was released in 2004.

When a woman named Rika Nishina is assigned to visit a house, she is cursed by a ghost named Kayako who was killed by her husband. The curse passes on any persons who enter the house.

Ju-On: The Grudge 2 (2003)

It is a sequel from Ju-On: The Grudge. The series is all about the curse from Kayako and Ju-On: The Grudge 2 follows another interesting storyline.

Ring/Ringu (1998)

“Ring” (or pronounced in Japanese “Ringu”) is another original movie of an American remake “The Ring” (2002) and Korean's "The Ring Virus."

Ring is about another type of curse which is put on a strange video tape which will make the one who watch it die mysteriously after a week. This movie is the most viewed horror movie in Japan.

Chakushin Ari/One Missed Call (2004)

It is also remade to American movie “One Missed Call” (2008).

In Japan, there are cases which people receive strange voice messages from the future. And they realize that they will face violent deaths.

Dark Water (2002)

The American one is in the same name (2005).

From the same director who directed Ring and Ju-On: The Grudge, Dark Water is about a woman with a child who enter a frightening apartment with flooding water.

Audition (1999)

A widower is so lonely and desperate that he has to find a second wife from a film audition, but it turns out that the girl that he is looking for is wrong.

Battle Royale (2000)

Under “Battle Royale act” of Japanese government, a group of 9th-grade students are force to kill each other

Suicide Club (2001)

A group of high school girl kill themselves by standing in front of a subway train. There must be some forces behind this.

Carved/A Slit-Mouthed Woman (2007)

A woman with a slit mouth wearing a mask always comes to ask people if she is beautiful then if the answerers can’t satisfy her with the answer, she will attack them with scissors.

Infection (2004)

In an isolated hospital, some staff commit an error of injecting harmful things to a patient. The result is a tragedy.

Ju-On: The Grudge Trailer

Ring Trailer


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