Japan - Horror & Suspense Around the Globe

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A series of lists chronicling horror and suspense releases from various countries, brought to you by Eric Myford, author of The Encyclopedia of Horror & Suspense Movies book series.

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1. Ringu (1998)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror, Mystery

A reporter and her ex-husband investigate a cursed video tape that is rumored to kill the viewer seven days after watching it.

Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Nanako Matsushima, Miki Nakatani, Yûko Takeuchi, Hitomi Satô

Votes: 60,745

2. Ringu 2 (1999)

Not Rated | 95 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Reiko takes Yôichi into hiding when her son begins to display frightening powers. Meanwhile, Mai Takano and the authorities begin a desperate search for them, as the mysterious Ring curse spreads.

Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Miki Nakatani, Hitomi Satô, Kyoko Fukada, Fumiyo Kohinata

Votes: 11,974

3. Spiral (1998)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A young pathologist seeks answers to the mysterious death of a friend and soon comes into contact with the same cursed videotape that caused the death of the friend's wife and son, which is haunted by the curse of Sadako, a relentless spirit.

Director: Jôji Iida | Stars: Kôichi Satô, Miki Nakatani, Hinako Saeki, Shingo Tsurumi

Votes: 2,736

4. Ringu 0 (2000)

Not Rated | 99 min | Horror, Thriller

In this prequel to Ring, a young Sadako becomes an actress in hopes of escaping her troubled past. But strange visions and terrifying powers begin to manifest...

Director: Norio Tsuruta | Stars: Yukie Nakama, Seiichi Tanabe, Kumiko Asô, Takeshi Wakamatsu

Votes: 8,010

5. Dark Water (2002)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A mother and her 6 year old daughter move into a creepy apartment whose every surface is permeated by water.

Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Hitomi Kuroki, Rio Kanno, Mirei Oguchi, Asami Mizukawa

Votes: 28,797

6. Guinea Pig: Flower of Flesh and Blood (1985 Video)

42 min | Short, Horror

Late at night, a woman is kidnapped by an unknown assailant and taken back to his blood-spattered dungeon, where he turns her into a "flower of blood and flesh" through a series of dismemberment and evisceration.

Director: Hideshi Hino | Stars: Hiroshi Tamura, Kirara Yûgao

Votes: 3,460

7. One Missed Call (2003)

R | 112 min | Horror, Mystery

54 Metascore

People mysteriously start receiving voicemail messages from their future selves, foretelling their deaths.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Ko Shibasaki, Shin'ichi Tsutsumi, Kazue Fukiishi, Anna Nagata

Votes: 16,212

8. One Missed Call 2 (2005)

R | 105 min | Horror, Mystery

A Japanese restaurant cook/owner dies after answering his daughter's cellphone. Other people are getting strange, same ringtone calls as well and dying painfully. It happened in Taiwan as well. Can the police stop it if it's a ghost?

Director: Renpei Tsukamoto | Stars: Rie Mimura, Hisashi Yoshizawa, Renji Ishibashi, Haruko Wanibuchi

Votes: 2,909

9. One Missed Call 3: Final (2006)

Not Rated | 109 min | Horror

The timid, young Asuka is bullied by her classmates. When they embark on a class field trip to Korea, Asuka plans revenge by sending them a cursed phone message they can either pass on or ... See full summary »

Director: Manabu Asô | Stars: Maki Horikita, Meisa Kuroki, Keun-Suk Jang, Erika Asakura

Votes: 1,671

10. Wild Zero (1999)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Horror, Music

Only legendary Japanese garage rock band Guitar Wolf can stand between a race of aliens from destroying earth with an army of zombies.

Director: Tetsuro Takeuchi | Stars: Guitar Wolf, Drum Wolf, Bass Wolf, Masashi Endô

Votes: 3,246

11. Ginî piggu: Manhôru no naka no ningyo (1988 Video)

63 min | Horror

An artist rescues a mermaid in a sewer; who develops bleeding sores all over her body, paints a portrait with her oozes and eventually disjoints her.

Director: Hideshi Hino | Stars: Shigeru Saiki, Mari Somei, Masami Hisamoto, Gô Rijû

Votes: 1,887

12. The Neighbor No. Thirteen (2005)

R | 115 min | Horror, Thriller

49 Metascore

Jûzô Murasaki is a boy miscast in his classroom, being frequently abused, tortured, beaten and humiliated by the bully Tôru Akai and his gang of juvenile punks. After years of repression, ... See full summary »

Director: Yasuo Inoue | Stars: Shidô Nakamura, Shun Oguri, Hirofumi Arai, Yumi Yoshimura

Votes: 1,138

13. Attack on Titan (2015)

Not Rated | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In a world where giant humanoid Titans prey on humans, Eren joins the scouting legion to get revenge on the monsters who killed everyone in his town.

Director: Shinji Higuchi | Stars: Ashly Burch, Bryce Papenbrook, Monica Rial, Jun Kunimura

Votes: 11,420 | Gross: $0.45M

14. Attack on Titan II: End of the World (2015)

Not Rated | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

A young boy name Eren Jaeger has to use his gift to know about the mystery of the Titans.

Director: Shinji Higuchi | Stars: Haruma Miura, Hiroki Hasegawa, Kanata Hongô, Kiko Mizuhara

Votes: 4,067 | Gross: $0.31M

15. Noroi: The Curse (2005)

Not Rated | 115 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A documentary filmmaker explores seemingly unrelated paranormal incidents connected by the legend of an ancient demon called the "kagutaba."

Director: Kôji Shiraishi | Stars: Jin Muraki, Rio Kanno, Tomono Kuga, Marika Matsumoto

Votes: 8,891

16. Twilight of the Dark Master (1997)

Unrated | 50 min | Animation, Fantasy

In the near future, the demons prepare for a new assault on earth, which is protected by the guardians, a struggle that has gone on for eons. The dark masters have found ways to release the... See full summary »

Director: Akiyuki Shinbo | Stars: Andrew Philpot, Toshihiko Seki, Masuo Amada, Steve Bulen

Votes: 432

17. Kirei? The Terror of Beauty (2004)

85 min | Horror

A successful plastic surgeon's life is thrown into chaos when a mysterious masked patient appears in her office and makes an unusual request.

Director: Katsuya Matsumura | Stars: Miki Asakura, Fumina Hara, Asuka Kurosawa, Kôta Kusano

Votes: 123

18. Akira (1988)

R | 124 min | Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi

A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath who can only be stopped by two teenagers and a group of psychics.

Director: Katsuhiro Ôtomo | Stars: Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, Tesshô Genda

Votes: 152,754 | Gross: $0.55M

19. Moon Child (2003)

120 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

The story of love and friendship on the harsh streets of 2014 Mallepa, a small corner in Asia.

Director: Takahisa Zeze | Stars: Hyde, Gackt, Leehom Wang, Tarô Yamamoto

Votes: 1,943

20. Strange Circus (2005)

108 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

The erotic novelist Taeko is writing a morbid story of a family destroyed by incest, murder and abuse. Her assistant, Yuji, sets on a mission to uncover the reality of this story, but the reality might be too much to bear.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Masumi Miyazaki, Issei Ishida, Rie Kuwana, Seiko Iwaidô

Votes: 4,816

21. Oneechanbara: The Movie (2008)

Not Rated | 80 min | Action, Horror

In the year 20XX a mysterious scientist discovers a way to bring back the dead . . . only it turns one town into a zombie-infested hellhole. But when the world falls into ruin, only one ... See full summary »

Director: Yôhei Fukuda | Stars: Eri Otoguro, Tomohiro Waki, Tarô Suwa, Manami Hashimoto

Votes: 1,162

22. Gozu (2003)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

58 Metascore

A yakuza enforcer is ordered to secretly drive his beloved colleague to be assassinated. But when the colleague unceremoniously disappears en route, the trip that follows is a twisted, surreal and horrifying experience.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Yûta Sone, Kimika Yoshino, Shôhei Hino, Keiko Tomita

Votes: 10,727 | Gross: $0.05M

23. Dead Sushi (2012)

Not Rated | 92 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

Keiko, the daughter of a legendary sushi chef, runs away from home when his Karate-style regimen becomes too severe. Finding work at a rural hot springs inn, she is ridiculed by the eccentric staff and guests.

Director: Noboru Iguchi | Stars: Rina Takeda, Kentarô Shimazu, Takamasa Suga, Takashi Nishina

Votes: 1,287

24. Negative Happy Chainsaw Edge (2007)

109 min | Comedy, Horror

Yosuke, a typical slacker kid dozing his way through school, showing nothing in the way of ambition as he quietly mulls over the death of a close friend the year before. He is clever enough... See full summary »

Director: Takuji Kitamura | Stars: Yôsuke Asari, Terutaka Hasegawa, Hayato Ichihara, Itsuji Itao

Votes: 294

25. St. John's Wort (2001)

R | 85 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A game designer, and his girlfriend Nami, drive out to a decrepit mansion she just inherited, to film backgrounds for a new video game called St. John's Wort.

Director: Ten Shimoyama | Stars: Megumi Okina, Yôichirô Saitô, Kôji Ohkura, Reiko Matsuo

Votes: 964

26. Vampire Hunter D (1985)

Not Rated | 80 min | Animation, Action, Fantasy

A young girl requests the help of a vampire hunter to kill the vampire who has bitten her, and thus prevent her from becoming a vampire herself.

Director: Toyoo Ashida | Stars: Kaneto Shiozawa, Michie Tomizawa, Seizô Katô, Satoko Kifuji

Votes: 12,544

27. Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000)

R | 103 min | Animation, Action, Fantasy

62 Metascore

When a girl is abducted by a vampire, a legendary bounty hunter is hired to bring her back.

Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri | Stars: Andrew Philpot, John Rafter Lee, Pamela Adlon, Wendee Lee

Votes: 27,897 | Gross: $0.15M

28. Audition (1999)

R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

69 Metascore

A widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Tetsu Sawaki, Jun Kunimura

Votes: 68,346

29. Nightmare Detective (2006)

Unrated | 106 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Three people in Tokyo take a surreal voyage of self-discovery through memory and nightmares. "O" intends suicide while talking on a cell-phone with a stranger he meets on line who plans a ... See full summary »

Director: Shin'ya Tsukamoto | Stars: Ryûhei Matsuda, Hitomi, Masanobu Andô, Ren Osugi

Votes: 2,307

30. Godzilla (1954)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

78 Metascore

American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata, Akira Takarada, Momoko Kôchi

Votes: 27,129 | Gross: $2.42M

31. Godzilla 2000 (1999)

PG | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

41 Metascore

Godzilla saves Tokyo from a flying saucer that transforms into the beast Orga.

Director: Takao Okawara | Stars: Takehiro Murata, Hiroshi Abe, Naomi Nishida, Mayu Suzuki

Votes: 7,123 | Gross: $10.04M

32. Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)

PG-13 | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Godzilla's fiftieth Anniversary project, in which Godzilla travels around the world to fight his old foes and his allies plus a new, mysterious monster named Monster X.

Directors: Ryûhei Kitamura, Shûsuke Kaneko, Kazuki Ohmori, Takao Okawara, Masaaki Tezuka, Kenshô Yamashita | Stars: Masahiro Matsuoka, Rei Kikukawa, Don Frye, Maki Mizuno

Votes: 7,148

33. Godzilla Raids Again (1955)

Approved | 78 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

Godzilla battles an irradiated Ankylosaur and destroys Osaka in the process.

Directors: Motoyoshi Oda, Ishirô Honda | Stars: Hiroshi Koizumi, Setsuko Wakayama, Minoru Chiaki, Takashi Shimura

Votes: 4,950

34. Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)

G | 84 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

Ape-like aliens build a robotic Godzilla to destroy Japan, and the true Godzilla may not be powerful enough to destroy it.

Director: Jun Fukuda | Stars: Masaaki Daimon, Kazuya Aoyama, Reiko Tajima, Akihiko Hirata

Votes: 5,191

35. Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)

G | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Aliens from Planet X request the use of Godzilla and Rodan to fight off King Ghidorah, but have a better use for the three monsters.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Nick Adams, Akira Takarada, Jun Tazaki, Akira Kubo

Votes: 4,833

36. All Monsters Attack (1969)

G | 70 min | Action, Adventure, Family

A bullied schoolboy dreams of traveling to Monster Island, where he befriends Godzilla's son, who is also having bully troubles.

Directors: Ishirô Honda, Jun Fukuda | Stars: Kenji Sahara, Machiko Naka, Tomonori Yazaki, Hideyo Amamoto

Votes: 3,561

37. Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)

Not Rated | 85 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

After a meteorite unleashes a three-headed beast upon Tokyo, Mothra tries to unite with Godzilla and Rodan to battle the extraterrestrial threat.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Yôsuke Natsuki, Yuriko Hoshi, Hiroshi Koizumi, Akiko Wakabayashi

Votes: 5,019

38. Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)

G | 79 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Godzilla comes to the rescue when an alien race rebuilds Mechagodzilla to destroy Earth's cities. A traitorous scientist gives them a second weapon: Titanosaurus.

Directors: Ishirô Honda, Jun Fukuda | Stars: Katsuhiko Sasaki, Tomoko Ai, Akihiko Hirata, Katsumasa Uchida

Votes: 3,850

39. Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)

Unrated | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

A typhoon washes ashore a gigantic egg. It's soon claimed by greedy entrepreneurs who refuse to return it to its rightful owner, Mothra. Soon Godzilla arises near Nagoya, washed ashore by the same typhoon.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Akira Takarada, Yuriko Hoshi, Hiroshi Koizumi, Yû Fujiki

Votes: 6,943

40. Destroy All Monsters (1968)

G | 88 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

Female aliens take control of Earth's monsters and begin using them to destroy the human race.

Directors: Ishirô Honda, Jun Fukuda | Stars: Akira Kubo, Jun Tazaki, Yukiko Kobayashi, Yoshio Tsuchiya

Votes: 4,752

41. Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995)

Unrated | 103 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

The aftermath of the Oxygen Destroyer brings forth Destoroyah, a beast intent on killing Godzilla, who is on the verge of a nuclear meltdown.

Directors: Takao Okawara, Ishirô Honda, Koji Hashimoto, Kazuki Ohmori, Kenshô Yamashita | Stars: Takurô Tatsumi, Yôko Ishino, Yasufumi Hayashi, Megumi Odaka

Votes: 5,124

42. Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994)

Not Rated | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Godzilla is threatened by two new forces: Mogera - another UN built machine; and Space Godzilla - a beast spawned from Godzilla's particles in space.

Directors: Kenshô Yamashita, Kazuki Ohmori | Stars: Megumi Odaka, Jun Hashizume, Zenkichi Yoneyama, Akira Emoto

Votes: 3,886

43. Son of Godzilla (1967)

PG | 84 min | Action, Adventure, Family

Scientists experimenting with changes in weather on a tropical island get more than they bargained for when Godzilla shows up to battle humongous insects and protect his newborn child.

Director: Jun Fukuda | Stars: Tadao Takashima, Akira Kubo, Beverly Maeda, Akihiko Hirata

Votes: 3,570

44. King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

40 Metascore

A newspaper and television station funded by a pharmaceutical company want a sensation, which happens to be the discovery of King Kong on an island. He is captured and brought to Japan, where he escapes from captivity and battles Godzilla.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Tadao Takashima, Kenji Sahara, Yû Fujiki, Ichirô Arishima

Votes: 7,823 | Gross: $2.73M

45. King Kong Escapes (1967)

G | 96 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi