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 (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.
2005 Klątwa / Noroi / The Curse
2007 Kobieta o rozciętych ustach / Kuchisake-onna / A Slit-Mouthed Woman
2009 Gurotesuku / Grotesque