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Friday, May 7, 2010

♠ Top 10 Asian Horror movies – part 2 ♠

5. Honogurai Mizu No Soko Kara(2002) [Dark Water]


"Honogurai mizu no soko kara" is the haunting tale of a young mother, Matsubara Yoshimi (Hitomi Kuroki) who has moved into a new apartment with her young daughter Ikuko (Rio Kanno), during a messy divorce. Something doesn't sit right in the apartment though, as much of the place is inhabited and there is water permeating the walls. The janitor claims there is nothing he can do for them, but the stain keeps growing and water is dripping onto the floor. Although the mother finds and throws away a little red bag, it continues to reappear. With visions of a little girl dressed in yellow and the discovery of a murder that took place upstairs, the family starts to break down. Will they escape the dark forces that have been awakened?

Dark Water (2002) on IMDb

4.  Audition (1998)


Audition tells a story of a middle-aged, widowed TV company executive Shigeharu Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi). It's been seven long years after the death of his beloved wife Ryoko, leaving the widower with only a few people in his world. One of them is Rie (Toshie Negishi), the housekeeper. The other is his son Shigehiko (Tetsu Sawaki). Aoyama, now a bachelor with a terminal illness, finally makes a decision to shake off the ghost of his deceased wife and move on with his life. Shigeharu asks his only friend, and business partner, Yoshikawa (Jun Kunimura) for help and he comes up with a brilliant plan - a fake audition for a non-existing movie, designed to lure pretty young actresses onto the casting couch. Shigeharu, however, is looking for something different - love in a heartless, cruel society, where he has no other choice. And he finds it, hopelessly falling in love with a former ballerina named Asami (Eihi Shiina), simply after reading her resume. She wins the starring role of a lifetime. The movie holds Miike's trademark of being both fascinating and disgusting. After a deceptively melodramatic first hour, it develops into a horrific endurance test of viewer's nerves and a bloody massacre.

Audition (1999) on IMDb

3. Janghwa, Hongryeon (2003) [ A Tale Of Two Sisters ]


A family is troubled by disturbing events that leave everyone wondering what is real and what is an illusion. Two sisters, Su-mi (Im Soo Jung) and Su-yeon (Moon Geun Young), struggle to deal with their step-mother Eun-joo (Yeom Jeong-ah) after their real mother’s recent death while their father Moo-hyeon (Kim Kap-su) is distant and in mourning. They resent her, and begin to believe that she is malicious. Scratches appear on Su-yeon’s arms, and Eun-joo’s behavior becomes more erratic and dangerous every day. Su-mi tries to defend her sister and her father, but Eun-joo always gets the better of her. When Eun-joo locks Su-yeon in a wardrobe, Su-mi decides she’s had enough. What she learns next turns everything she thought she knew about her family upside-down.

A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) on IMDb

2.  Shutter (2004)


Tun is a photographer, and a recent college graduate. He spends a night drinking at a party with his closest friends, and his girlfriend Jane picks him up to drive him home. Something or someone on the road causes Jane to swerve, causing her to hit a young girl. Jane wants to turn back, but Tun won’t let her. Without stopping to see if the girl is alive, they flee the scene. After that, nothing is the same. Both Tun and Jane have terribly nightmares. Strange shadowy images appear on Tun’s photographs. Some of Tun’s close friends begin die under mysterious and suspicious circumstances, each time being ruled as a suicide. Jane and Tun realize that they are being haunted by the ghost of the girl he hit, a girl Tun once knew. Their victim was Natre, Tun’s former girlfriend. As Jane delves deeper into the mystery, she begins to learn the sordid truth about Natre, Tun, and his friends.

Shutter (2004) on IMDb

1. Ringu (1998)


When journalist Reiko Asakawa (Nanako Matsushima) is tasked with investigating a cursed videotape that is said to kill whoever watches it after seven days, she is skeptical. However, when a family member and her friends die in mysterious circumstances a week after taking a holiday together, she can't resist the urge to watch the last video they watched together. This begins her own frantic seven day race to discover the video's hidden meaning, as she struggles to keep her friends and colleagues safe from the curse of the tape.

Ring (1998) on IMDb


Kansen (2004)  [ Infection ]


Problems arise in a Japanese hospital that is greatly understaffed because it is on the verge of going under financially. Some of hospital staff is greatly over worked and may be a little incompetent as a major mistake is made with a burn patient that causes him to die. Instead of reporting this mistake Dr. Uozumi (Masanobu Takashima) convinces the hospital team to cover it up for their own good. An ambulance arrives to the emergency entrance of the hospital with a new patient and they yell out for assistance. The ambulance crew announce that the patient has some form of virus and that he needs help desperately from the medical staff. Surprisingly no one from the hospital staff answers their pleas for help so they eventually just dump the person in front of the hospital and drive away. Dr. Kiyoshi Akai (Shiro Sano) and his team of colleagues decide to examine the sick person and research the virus. The virus spreads through out the hospital causing very strange and tragic results for the hospital staff especially those who were involved in the cover up of the burn victims death.

Infection (2004) on IMDb

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