SciFi Japan


    Source: Independent Film Channel Special Thanks to Loren Portillo

    Promotional art for THE GRUDGE. Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. © 2004 GHP-2 Grudge, LLC

    This month the Independent Film Channel is running TERROR FROM TOKYO, a new documentary about Japanese horror films. The half hour special covers the evolution of the horror genre from the classic ghost stories through GODZILLA (1954) and the wave launched by SCARY TRUE STORIES (1991) and the RING films to the recent downturn caused by constant repetition and remakes. TERROR FROM TOKYO focuses on producer Takashige Ichise (RING, JU-ON, DARK WATER, INFECTION, THE GRUDGE) and director Hideo Nakata (RING, DARK WATER, THE RING 2) with a visit to the set of their upcoming movie, the period piece KAIDAN (Ghost Story, 2007). Also included are comments by Hiroshi Takahashi (author of the Ring series), Norio Tsuruta (director of RING 0), Takashi Shimizu (director of JU-ON and THE GRUDGE), Chiaki Konaka (writer of Marebito and ULTRAMAN TIGA), Japanese horror expert Nicolas Rucka, Stephen Susco (screenwriter for THE GRUDGE), Tom Holland (director of CHILD’S PLAY), Roy Lee (producer of the US remakes THE RING and THE GRUDGE), Sean Cunningham (director of FRIDAY THE 13th), and Andrew Douglas (director of the AMITYVILLE HORROR remake). Show description from IFC: IFC NEWS SPECIAL: TERROR FROM TOKYO This IFC News special outlines the popularity of J-horror films in America, tracing their historical roots in Japanese culture, their successful (or unsuccessful) translation in American blockbuster remakes, and finally, how the phenomenon has opened the doors of Asian cinema to America. The news special follows Japanese filmmaker Taka Ichise, the producer responsible for bringing J-horror directors like Hideo Nakata and Takashi Shimizu to the forefront of Japanese cinema, capturing Ichise-san on set of his latest horror film in Japan. Upcoming air dates: Thursday, October 12 at 12:25 am EST/9:25 pm PST Sunday, October 29 at 6:55 am EST/3:55 am PST, 5:00 pm PST/2:00 pm PST Tuesday, October 31 at 9:55 am EST/6:55 PST, 3:10 pm EST/12:10 pm PST, 8:30 pm EST/5:30 pm PST

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