films seen
20
average score
2.57*
nationality
Japan - 59 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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The man who helped kick-start the Asian suspense wave. He made a couple of decent films along the way, though his "less-is-more" approach to horror is somewhat of an acquired taste. If you care about film history though, there's no way around Nakata.

The good stuff

Kaidan

by Hideo Nakata
Specifics
Japan [2007] - 115m
Genre
Drama, Romance, Horror
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
Kaidan poster

Dark Water

by Hideo Nakata
Also known as
Honogurai Mizu no Soko Kara
Specifics
Japan [2002] - 101m
Genre
Horror, Mystery, Thriller
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
Dark Water poster

Solid pieces

The Complex

by Hideo Nakata
Also known as
Kuroyuri Danchi
Specifics
Japan [2013] - 106m
Genre
Horror
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
The Complex poster

Chatroom

by Hideo Nakata
Specifics
UK [2010] - 97m
Genre
Drama, Thriller
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Chatroom poster

Chaos

by Hideo Nakata
Also known as
Kaosu
Specifics
Japan [2000] - 90m
Genre
Mystery, Thriller, Crime
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Chaos poster

The inoffensive

Ghost Theater

by Hideo Nakata
Also known as
Gekijô Rei
Specifics
Japan [2015] - 99m
Genre
Horror
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Ghost Theater poster

Monsterz

by Hideo Nakata
Specifics
Japan [2014] - 112m
Genre
Drama, Sci-fi
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Monsterz poster

The Incite Mill

by Hideo Nakata
Also known as
Inshite Miru: 7-Kakan no Desu Gêmu
Specifics
Japan [2010] - 107m
Genre
Horror, Mystery, Thriller
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
The Incite Mill poster

Last Scene

by Hideo Nakata
Specifics
Japan, South Korea [2002] - 99m
Genre
Comedy, Drama
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Last Scene poster

Worthy but flawed

Sadako

by Hideo Nakata
Specifics
Japan [2019] - 99m
Genre
Horror
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Sadako poster

Another entry in the Ringu franchise, helmed by Nakata himself. It's more mystery/drama than horror though and the few scares that are there are greatly ineffective. It feels like a film from a bygone era, but judged on its own merits it's not a terrible film. Just don't expect too much from it and don't try to compare it to the other films in the franchise.

The Woman Who Keeps a Murderer

by Hideo Nakata
Also known as
Satsujinki o Kau Onna
Specifics
Japan [2019] - 82m
Genre
Thriller
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
The Woman Who Keeps a Murderer poster

A mediocre thriller. Performances are decent and there are a few tense moments, but the plot isn't all that interesting and the drama fails to impress. Though short, the film is basic and struggles to keep the attention. It's been a while since Nakata made anything worthwhile, this film isn't doing much to fix his faltering reputation.

Life in Overtime

by Hideo Nakata
Also known as
Owatta Hito
Specifics
Japan [2018] - 125m
Genre
Comedy, Drama
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Life in Overtime poster

Mediocre dramady about forced retirement and the difficulties some people have with the change of pace. Japanese work culture is a bit different from ours, but it shouldn't be too hard to follow. Sadly the performances aren't that great, the comedy is rather weak and Nakata isn't the best drama director. Not terrible, but very forgettable.

White Lily

by Hideo Nakata
Also known as
Howaito Riri
Specifics
Japan [2016] - 80m
Genre
Drama
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
White Lily poster

The Sleeping Bride

by Hideo Nakata
Also known as
Garasu no Nô
Specifics
Japan [2000] - 100m
Genre
Drama, Romance
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
The Sleeping Bride poster

Plain forgettable

Death Note: L Change the World

by Hideo Nakata
Also known as
L: Change the World
Specifics
Japan [2008] - 129m
Genre
Drama, Thriller, Crime
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Death Note: L Change the World poster

The Ring 2

by Hideo Nakata
Specifics
USA [2005] - 110m
Genre
Horror, Mystery
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
The Ring 2 poster

Ring 2

by Hideo Nakata
Also known as
Ringu 2
Specifics
Japan [1999] - 95m
Genre
Sci-fi, Horror, Mystery
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Ring 2 poster

Ring

by Hideo Nakata
Also known as
Ringu
Specifics
Japan [1998] - 96m
Genre
Horror, Mystery
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Ring poster

Ghost Actress

by Hideo Nakata
Also known as
Joyû-Rei
Specifics
Japan [1996] - 74m
Genre
Fantasy, Horror
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Ghost Actress poster

Big nopes

Curse, Death & Spirit

by Hideo Nakata
Also known as
Honto ni Atta Kowai Hanashi: Jushiryou
Specifics
Japan [1992] - 65m
Genre
Horror
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
Curse, Death & Spirit poster