This post is dedicated to all the Horror movie buffs out there, When it comes to horror movie making Hollywood cannot beat Asians , for they know how to tremble the viewer with fear without showing blood, gore but just by utter sensation. Especially koreans and japanese excels in horror movie making. I think most of these asian horros listed in this post have been remade by hollywood but have turned out to be low rated and been bashed by reviewers. hence I’d recommend stick with the originals. comments and suggestions are warmly welcome.
10. Chakushin ari (2003) [One missed call]
Imagine your cell phone ringing and you answer it only to hear your voice, screaming. Adding to your shock is the timestamp on your phone is three days in the future. This is what happens to Yoko (Anna Nagata). Her best friend Yumi (Kou Shibasaki) thinks nothing of it and the girls blow it off as a sick prank. However, three days later, at the precise time that the call was dated, Yoko is killed. Not sure what to do as more and more friends begin receiving the mysterious calls, Yumi turns to friend Hiroshi (Shin’ichi Tsutsumi) who has also suffered the loss of a sister. The two vow to find out the origins of the bizarre calls before anyone else loses their life.
9. Jisatsu sâkuru (2001) [Suicide club/circle]
"Suicide Club" begins with a mass suicide of high school students who all hold hands on a subway station platform as they plunge to their deaths in front of an approaching train. Detective Kuroda (Ryo Ishibashi) is the detective put in charge of this mysterious occurrence. Because it was an obvious suicide, and not a murder, it is hard for Kuroda to get much help on his mission to solve these suicides. The only clue left at the first scene is a makeshift quilt constructed of pieces of human skin inside of a bowling ball bag. Kuroda traces the bowling ball bag to a Tokyo bowling alley that is inhabited by a Goth subculture. This is his first lead. There is the music playing by a very popular girl band that might be sending out subliminal suicidal messages to teens. Kuroda does get some phone calls and e-mails that might hold some clues. He brings in a hacker to infiltrate a suspicious website that seems to prophesize the number of suicides per day before they actually happen.
8. Gin gwai (2002) [The Eye]
Eighteen year old Wong Kar Gun (Lee Sin-Je) has been blind since the age of two, but a cornea transplant finally offers her the chance to see again. As she adjusts to sighted life, unsure of what she is seeing, she begins to suspect that her new eyes have left her with the ability to see the dead. Overwhelmed by the new colors and lights constantly surrounding her, and terrified that not everything she sees is of the natural world, she enlists the help of Dr. Wuh (Lawrence Chou) to help her uncover the identity of her donor and hopefully the reason behind her visions.
7. Kairo (2001) [ Pulse ]
Also called Pulse, this story is all about loneliness, isolation, and alienation, and how consumerism and technology can make these things worse, especially for younger Japanese people. There is also a communication breakdown among those of differing generations. Michi (Kumiko Aso), Harue (Koyuki) and Kawashimi (Haruhiko Kato) are some of the characters. One tries to leave his apartment to go out at night but tries to use his personal computer to connect with other people who are just as lonely and lost as he is. Some of them are alive and others are dead. There are many bleak, moody, and confusing images that make the story seem like a nightmare or else something post-apocalyptic.
6. Ju-on (2002) [The grudge]
Rika Nishina (Megumi Okina) is a social worker assigned to visit troubled family's around town. She arrives to a newly assigned family's home to find a peaceful seeming everyday Japanese home. But soon it becomes very clear something truly terrible has happened there. Something so terrible the very horror of it has become one with a home; a Grudge so powerful it curses and drags anyone within the house to their doom. Now she finds herself chased and tormented by two very different ghosts whose vengeance seems inescapable. Every person to visit the home has been cursed and has died in short order. Her only chance to escape the same fate is to unravel the mystery.