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Japanese Horror Visual Aesthetics

Hideo Nakata

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Who is Hideo Nakata?

Known for his work on The Ring series, Hideo Nakata is a Japanese film director specializing in creating horror films. However, he has attempted to branch out of the horror genre over the past decade. He was in charge of directing the US remake of The Ring 2, which is a remake of his original film. Nakata's initial breakout film was a 1996 horror film known as Don't Look Up. While the film wasn't a critical success compared to some of his later films, it was successful enough to allow Nataka to become the director for Ringu.

Honogurai Mizu no Soko Kara Review

Mark Schilling reviews Nakata's latest movie (at the time) Dark Water. This review was found in the Mark Schilling Collection. For those unfamilar with this film, it is a "2002 Japanese horror film directed by Hideo Nakata and written by Yoshihiro Nakamura and Kenichi Suzuki, based on the short story collection by Koji Suzuki. The plot follows a divorced mother who moves into a rundown apartment with her daughter, and experiences supernatural occurrences including a mysterious water leak from the floor above" (Wikipedia, 2020).

Honogurai Mizu no Soko Kara = Dark Water (lit. translation From the Depths of Dark Water) Review from the Mark Schilling Collection

The Ring's Evolution in TV and Film Throughout the Years

Two YouTubers visually show how The Ring has evolved through various mediums and adaptations. 

Ringu vs The Ring | Side-by-Side Comparison. (metadata link)

The Ring Evolution in Movies & TV. (Sadako & Samara) (metadata link)

Hideo Nakata Interview with Tokyo Weekender

Nakata talks about his experience in the J-horror industry and being typecasted as a J-horror director despite his attempts to branch out of this genre.

A Hideo Nataka interview with Tokyo Weekender about his experience in the horror genre.

Ringu 2 Movie Poster

Ringu 2 = The Ring Two (English translation) Poster from the Mark Schilling Collection

A sequel to the orginal Japanese movie Ringu (The Ring). This film takes places a few weeks after the events the first one. Interestingly,  before Ringu 2 was produced, another sequel to Ringu was released. That sequel (known as Spiral) recieved such a poor response from fan and critics alike that Ringu 2 was created as a new, additional sequel to Ringu (Wikipedia, 2020). 

Sumaho o otoshita dake na no ni​​​​​​ Movie Poster​

Sumaho o otoshita dake na no ni = Stolen Identity (English translation) Poster from the Mark Schilling Collection




"After Asami's boyfriend lost his cellphone, she begins to receive unknown credit card payment notification, her social media information is leaked, and she is drawn into an unexpected turmoil. At the same time, young women's bodies appear in remote mountains and the investigation of a serial murder case is about to start." - Summary of the film from IMDb. A sequel of the film was released earlier this year.

Hideo Nakata Discusses his Ringu Series

These interviewers ask Nakata questions concerning the success of The Ring series and about the themes prelevant within it.