Japanese Horror

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1. Marebito (2004)

R | 92 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

50 Metascore

A fear-obsessed freelance cameraman (Shinya Tsukamoto) investigates an urban legend involving mysterious spirits that haunt the subways of Tokyo.

Director: Takashi Shimizu | Stars: Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Tomomi Miyashita, Kazuhiro Nakahara, Miho Ninagawa

Votes: 4,599 | Gross: $0.01M

2. Spiral (2000)

90 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

62 Metascore

The inhabitants of a small Japanese town become increasingly obsessed with and tormented by spirals.

Director: Higuchinsky | Stars: Eriko Hatsune, Fhi Fan, Hinako Saeki, Eun-Kyung Shin

Votes: 6,791

Uzumaki

3. Tomie: Beginning (2005)

74 min | Horror

When a beautiful young girl transfers to a new high school, the students become possessed and soon realize that behind this beauty is an unexplainable evil.

Director: Ataru Oikawa | Stars: Rio Matsumoto, Asami Imajuku, Kenji Mizuhashi, Nahana

Votes: 315

4. Tomie (1998)

95 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A traumatized young woman is trying to recover her memories with the help of a psychiatrist. During her hypnosis sessions, she repeats the name "Tomie" but is unable to recall where she knows it from.

Director: Ataru Oikawa | Stars: Miho Kanno, Mami Nakamura, Yoriko Dôguchi, Tomorô Taguchi

Votes: 1,491

5. Cold Fish (2010)

Not Rated | 146 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

When Syamoto's teenage daughter is caught stealing, a generous middle-aged man helps resolve the situation. The man and his wife offer to have Syamoto's troublesome daughter work at their ... See full summary »

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Denden, Asuka Kurosawa, Megumi Kagurazaka

Votes: 9,796

6. Hide and Go Kill 2 (2009)

R | 83 min | Horror

When her classmate Ritsuko disappears, her friend Ryoko is desperate to find her. When she discovers that Ritsuko was playing a strange game online of hide and seek, she begins to wonder if... See full summary »

Director: Masafumi Yamada | Stars: Yukie Kawamura, Mayuko Kawakita, Masahiro Usui, Ben Yuzawa

Votes: 258

7. Exte: Hair Extensions (2007)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Horror

About hair extensions that attack the women that wear them.

Directors: Sion Sono, Joe DiGiorgi, Tony Salerno | Stars: Chiaki Kuriyama, Megumi Satô, Tsugumi, Eri Machimoto

Votes: 2,563

8. Strange Circus (2005)

108 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

The erotic novelist Taeko is writing a morbid story of a family destroyed by incest, murder and abuse. Her assistant, Yuji, sets on a mission to uncover the reality of this story, but the reality might be too much to bear.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Masumi Miyazaki, Issei Ishida, Rie Kuwana, Seiko Iwaidô

Votes: 4,649

9. Guilty of Romance (2011)

144 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

56 Metascore

A grisly murder occurs in Maruyama-cho, Shibuya, Tokyo - a love hotel district - a woman was found dead in a derelict apartment. Kazuko (Miki Mizuno) is a police officer called to ... See full summary »

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Miki Mizuno, Makoto Togashi, Megumi Kagurazaka, Kazuya Kojima

Votes: 3,891

10. Dark Water (2002)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A mother and her 6 year old daughter move into a creepy apartment whose every surface is permeated by water.

Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Hitomi Kuroki, Rio Kanno, Mirei Oguchi, Asami Mizukawa

Votes: 28,059

11. Ju-on (2000 Video)

Not Rated | 70 min | Horror, Mystery

A teacher visits the house of one of his students after the boy goes missing, only to have a horrifying excuse for his absence from school.

Director: Takashi Shimizu | Stars: Yûrei Yanagi, Yue, Ryôta Koyama, Hitomi Miwa

Votes: 6,549

12. Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)

R | 92 min | Horror

48 Metascore

A mysterious and vengeful spirit marks and pursues anybody who dares enter the house in which it resides.

Director: Takashi Shimizu | Stars: Megumi Okina, Misaki Itô, Misa Uehara, Yui Ichikawa

Votes: 37,575 | Gross: $0.33M

13. Reincarnation (2005)

R | 96 min | Horror, Mystery

A Japanese actress begins having strange visions and experiences after landing a role in a horror film about a real-life murder spree that took place over forty years ago.

Director: Takashi Shimizu | Stars: Yûka, Karina, Kippei Shîna, Tetta Sugimoto

Votes: 5,851

14. Tomie vs Tomie (2007)

86 min | Horror

A young, depressed man is trying to move on with his life after his girlfriend's bizarre death. One day, a mysterious woman notices him at work and convinces his coworkers to introduce him to her.

Director: Tomohiro Kubo | Stars: Yû Abiru, Chika Arakawa, Fukuten, Tôru Hachinohe

Votes: 146

15. Tomio (2011)

Not Rated | 61 min | Horror

A young couple, Tomio and Madoka, decide to get married after graduate school. Madoka convinces Tomio to visit a fortune teller to have their future foretold. Tomio is immediately attracted... See full summary »

Director: Junji Ito | Stars: Yoshifumi Ikeda, Aya Kiguchi, Maria Koiwai, Ikuma Saisho

Votes: 36

16. When They Cry (2008)

106 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Early summer, Keiichi had just moved to a remote mountain village. As he becomes close friends with a group of girls, he was enjoying his life in the village. However when he starts to ... See full summary »

Director: Ataru Oikawa | Stars: Gôki Maeda, Airi Matsuyama, Rin Asuka, Aika

Votes: 311

17. When They Cry: Reshuffle (2009)

108 min | Action, Drama, Horror

A young girl's troubles bring fear and madness to her entire village.

Director: Ataru Oikawa | Stars: Aika, Rin Asuka, Ayako Kawahara, Gôki Maeda

Votes: 143

18. Ringu 0 (2000)

Not Rated | 99 min | Horror, Thriller

In this prequel to Ring, a young Sadako becomes an actress in hopes of escaping her troubled past. But strange visions and terrifying powers begin to manifest...

Director: Norio Tsuruta | Stars: Yukie Nakama, Seiichi Tanabe, Kumiko Asô, Takeshi Wakamatsu

Votes: 7,770

19. Ringu 2 (1999)

Not Rated | 95 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Reiko takes Yoichi into hiding when her son begins to display frightening powers. Meanwhile, Mai Takano and the authorities begin a desperate search for them, as the mysterious Ring curse spreads...

Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Miki Nakatani, Hitomi Satô, Kyoko Fukada, Fumiyo Kohinata

Votes: 11,672

20. Ringu (1998)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror, Mystery

A reporter and her ex-husband investigate a cursed video tape that is rumored to kill the viewer seven days after watching it.

Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Nanako Matsushima, Miki Nakatani, Yûko Takeuchi, Hitomi Satô

Votes: 59,052

21. Ju-On: The Grudge 2 (2003)

R | 92 min | Drama, Horror

As their curse spreads on all around, the ghosts find their chance to live once again through the pregnancy of a cursed woman.

Director: Takashi Shimizu | Stars: Noriko Sakai, Chiharu Niiyama, Kei Horie, Yui Ichikawa

Votes: 7,981

22. Audition (1999)

R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

69 Metascore

A widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Tetsu Sawaki, Jun Kunimura

Votes: 65,890

23. Retribution (2006)

R | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A detective investigates a series of murders. A possible serial killer might be on a rampage, since they all are in the same vicinity and by the same method, but as the evidence points ... See full summary »

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Manami Konishi, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Hiroyuki Hirayama

Votes: 2,263

Retribution

24. Loft (2005)

R | 115 min | Horror

Reiko, a prize-winning writer, moves to a quiet isolated house to finish up her new novel. One night she sees the man next door transporting an object wrapped in cloth. She finds out he is ... See full summary »

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa | Stars: Miki Nakatani, Etsushi Toyokawa, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Yumi Adachi

Votes: 915

25. Noroi: The Curse (2005)

Not Rated | 115 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A documentary filmmaker explores seemingly unrelated paranormal incidents connected by the legend of an ancient demon called the "kagutaba."

Director: Kôji Shiraishi | Stars: Jin Muraki, Rio Kanno, Tomono Kuga, Marika Matsumoto

Votes: 8,375

26. A Slit-Mouthed Woman (2007)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror

A suburban town in Japan is the victim of what is supposedly just an urban legend, a woman's spirit with a horribly disfigured face who is intent on kidnapping children for unknown reasons.

Director: Kôji Shiraishi | Stars: Eriko Satô, Haruhiko Katô, Chiharu Kawai, Rie Kuwana

Votes: 2,330

Carved

27. Teketeke (2009)

70 min | Horror

A young girl learns of the urban legend of Teke Teke after her friend is killed in a gruesome way. The legend tells of a female ghost that has no legs. When she visits the spot where her friend died she comes into contact with it .

Director: Kôji Shiraishi | Stars: Yuko Oshima, Mami Yamasaki, Mai Nishida, Yamamoto Kazuyoshi

Votes: 369

28. Ada: Part 1 (2013)

Horror

One night at a strange cram school, a class and a small film crew shooting a commercial are attacked by two teenage girls.

Director: Kôji Shiraishi | Stars: Manami Arai, Yumi Endô, Seina Fukada, Konatsu Furukawa

Votes: 22

29. Infection (2004)

R | 98 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

INFECTION takes place in a dark, isolated hospital, where one doctors mistake has led to dire consequences for a patient.

Director: Masayuki Ochiai | Stars: Michiko Hada, Mari Hoshino, Tae Kimura, Yôko Maki

Votes: 5,008

30. One Missed Call (2003)

R | 112 min | Horror, Mystery

54 Metascore

People mysteriously start receiving voicemail messages from their future selves, foretelling their deaths.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Ko Shibasaki, Shin'ichi Tsutsumi, Kazue Fukiishi, Anna Nagata

Votes: 15,882

31. One Missed Call Final (2006)

Not Rated | 109 min | Horror

The timid, young Asuka is bullied by her classmates. When they embark on a class field trip to Korea, Asuka plans revenge by sending them a cursed phone message they can either pass on or ... See full summary »

Director: Manabu Asô | Stars: Maki Horikita, Meisa Kuroki, Keun-Suk Jang, Erika Asakura

Votes: 1,598

32. Ju-on: The Curse 2 (2000)

Not Rated | 76 min | Horror, Mystery

On his request, the sensitive sister of a real estate agent visits a house he intends to put on sell, only to cross paths with its resident curse.

Director: Takashi Shimizu | Stars: Yûrei Yanagi, Takako Fuji, Takashi Matsuyama, Ryôta Koyama

Votes: 2,679

33. Ju-on: The Beginning of the End (2014)

Not Rated | 91 min | Horror

A school teacher visits the home of a boy who's been absent from school for a long period of time, unaware of the horrific tragedy which occurred in the boy's household many years ago.

Director: Masayuki Ochiai | Stars: Shô Aoyagi, Yoshihiko Hakamada, Yasuhito Hida, Maki Ishikawa

Votes: 1,086

34. Ju-on: The Final Curse (2015)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror

Following the events of Ju-on: The Beginning of the End, Mai, the older sister of elementary schoolteacher Yui Shono, goes to look for her sister, who disappeared after a year while working... See full summary »

Director: Masayuki Ochiai | Stars: Airi Taira, Ren Kiriyama, Nonoka Ono, Yurina Yanagi

Votes: 576

35. Ju-on: Black Ghost (2009)

Not Rated | 60 min | Fantasy, Horror

After losing her child at birth, the dark horror of the grudge begins growing within her.

Director: Mari Asato | Stars: Kôji Seto, Kuniteru Shigeyama, Kana Tsugihara, Ai Kago

Votes: 1,339

36. Sadako vs. Kayako (2016)

Not Rated | 98 min | Horror

The vengeful spirits of the Ring and Grudge series face off.

Director: Kôji Shiraishi | Stars: Mizuki Yamamoto, Tina Tamashiro, Aimi Satsukawa, Misato Tanaka

Votes: 2,229

37. P.O.V. - A Cursed Film (2012)

92 min | Horror

As part of a show, Haruna and Mirai watch a ghost video submitted by a viewer, only to experience strange occurrences that later draw the crew to Haruna's school; the location of the taken video.

Director: Norio Tsuruta | Stars: Yasuyuki Hirano, Haruna Kawaguchi, Takashi Kodama, Yasuto Kosuda

Votes: 389

38. Occult (2009)

110 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Koji Shiraishi is interested in strange indiscriminate murder at a sightseeing resort. He goes behind the camera to investigate the circumstances surrounding strange occurrences and interview the survivors.

Director: Kôji Shiraishi | Stars: Mika Azuma, Horiken, Kôen Kondô, Shinobu Kuribayashi

Votes: 839

39. Teketeke 2 (2009)

73 min | Horror

The story of TekeTeke, the ghost woman with no legs, continues. Conflict arises between a group of high school classmates, and TekeTeke starts hunting them down one by one.

Director: Kôji Shiraishi | Stars: Sayuri Iwata, Miu Nakamura, Yôko Chôsokabe, Hatsune Matsushima

Votes: 138

40. Siren (2006)

87 min | Horror, Thriller

A writer moves to a remote island with his daughter and young son. After settling into their new home, a neighbor arrives to welcome them and give them a breakdown of the local rules; most important: do not go outside when the island's siren starts wailing.

Director: Yukihiko Tsutsumi | Stars: Yui Ichikawa, Leo Morimoto, Naoki Tanaka, Hiroshi Abe

Votes: 700

41. Fatal Frame (2014)

104 min | Horror

Michi a student in a conservative all-girls school, must resolve the mysterious disappearances and deaths of her fellow classmates after they found an intriguing but haunting photo of Aya, ... See full summary »

Director: Mari Asato | Stars: Aoi Morikawa, Ayami Nakajô, Kôdai Asaka, Minori Hagiwara

Votes: 388

42. Hansel and Gretel (2007)

TV-14 | 117 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

After meeting an mysterious girl on an dark stretch of road, a young salesman is invited to a beautiful house with bizarre secrets and no way to escape.

Director: Pil-sung Yim | Stars: Jeong-myeong Cheon, Eun Won-jae, Eun-kyung Shim, Ji-hee Jin

Votes: 4,068

43. Mourning Grave (2014)

90 min | Horror, Thriller

A teenager, with the ability to see ghosts, returns to his hometown to face his demons.

Director: In-chun Oh | Stars: So-eun Kim, Jeong-tae Kim, Hye-Rin Han, Doo-Sik Park

Votes: 636

44. Possessed (2009)

112 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

After Hee-jin's younger sister So-jin, who is possessed by a spirit,disappears,the neighbors die one by one and a secret underlying their deaths is revealed.

Directors: Yong-Joo Lee, Lee Yong-ju | Stars: Young-nam Jang, Bo-yeon Kim, Chang-jik Lee, Hee-kyung Moon

Votes: 733

45. The Cat (2011)

106 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

So-yeun gets stuck with a Persian cat when its owner dies. From then on, she is haunted by a girl with green cat-like eyes.

Director: Seung-wook Byeon | Stars: Dong-wook Kim, Ye-ron Kim, Min-jae Kim, Da-eun Sin

Votes: 1,030

46. Voice (2005)

Unrated | 104 min | Horror

While training after hours in her high-school, the aspiring singer Park Young-Eon is mysteriously killed and her body vanishes. Her ghost is invisible and trapped in the school, but her ... See full summary »

Director: Equan Choi | Stars: Ye-ryeon Cha, Ok-bin Kim, Seo-hyeong Kim, Hyeon-kyeong Lim

Votes: 1,386

47. Moon Child (2003)

120 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

The story of love and friendship on the harsh streets of 2014 Mallepa, a small corner in Asia.

Director: Takahisa Zeze | Stars: Hyde, Gackt, Leehom Wang, Tarô Yamamoto

Votes: 1,929

48. Kwaidan (1964)

Not Rated | 183 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A collection of four Japanese folk tales with supernatural themes.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Michiyo Aratama, Misako Watanabe, Kenjirô Ishiyama

Votes: 13,047

49. Onibaba (1964)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Horror

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