Occult (2009) from Koji Shiraishi director of 'Noroi'
director Koji Shiraishi
Mika Azuma · Kiyoshi Kurosawa · Takashi Nomura ·
Kôen Kondô · Shinobu Kuribayashi · Kôji
Shiraishi made a name for himself with NOROI
THE CURSE, an excellent 2005 horror mockumentary that became
a textbook example of the genre. Four years later, he delivered this
movie. While Shiraishi uses the same techniques and style as before,
he also weaves a new quirk into the project. Thus, he afirms his status
as a strong filmmaker who has found his element.
viewer should know very little about this film before watching it. But
here is a sweeping plot summary: Director Koji Shiraishi plays a documentary
filmmaker investigating a mysterious murder scene at a remote forest
vacation spot, where - as the story goes - a young man went on a killing
spree before jumping off a cliff and vanishing into thin air. After
numerous interviews and many strange accounts, Shiraishi meets Eno-hun,
a surviving victim of the brutal knife attack who talks about "his
own personal miracles" since the assault. The documentarian befriends
Eno-kun and soon learns how truly dangerous he may be.
Koji Shiraishi is considered one of Japan's foremost horror directors,
responsible for 85+ films in slightly over 25 years. Most of his films
deal with a smoldering violence within the "found footage"
genre. One of the exceptions to this formula is his bleak, excessive
gore venture called GROTESQUE
(2010). In 2012, Koji returned to the more familiar NOROI and
OCCULT landscape with CULT.
Japanese film with optional ON/OFF English subtitles, uncut (110 min);
fullscreen prints, DVD encoded for ALL REGION NTSC,
playable on any USA machine. Extras include Japanese theatrical trailer.