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The Curse

Kôji Shiraishi
Japan 2005 / 115’

One of the first Asian mockumentary horror films, The Curse seems quite indebted to The Blair Witch Project, but manages to repay its debt with interest. Shiraishi’s film has an exceptional architecture, where the plot about a mysteriously disappeared journalist, who specializes in paranormal activity, initially anesthetizes the audience. As the story thickens, the pace accelerates into a real nail-biter, but the film’s strength lies in far more than perfect execution. It is a commentary on the spiritual crisis of modern Japanese society, and a reminder that horror has long made for an ideal social critique vehicle.

Kôji Shiraishi

Kôji Shiraishi (born in 1973) graduated with a film degree from Kyushu Sangyo University w Fukuoka. He began his career as an assistant to Gakuryū Ishii, whom he still considers one of his favorite directors. Shiraishi is an acclaimed director or horror films in Japan.

Selected filmography

2005 Klątwa / Noroi / The Curse

2007 Kobieta o rozciętych ustach / Kuchisake-onna / A Slit-Mouthed Woman

2009 Gurotesuku / Grotesque

2010 Shirome

Cast & Crew

director Kôji Shiraishi
screenplay Kôji Shiraishi, Naoyuki Yokota
cinematography Shozo Morishita
editing Nobuyuki Takahashi
cast Jin Muraki, Rio Kanno, Tomono Kuga, Maria Takagi
producer Takashige Ichise, Shuntarô Kanai
production Xanadeux Company
sales Xanadeux Company
language Japanese
colouration colour