films seen
22
average score
2.56*
nationality
Japan - 60 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
2007 / 115m - Japan
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
2002 / 101m - Japan
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
2013 / 106m - Japan
Genre
Horror
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
The Complex poster

Chatroom

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

Chaos

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

The inoffensive

Stolen Identity

by Hideo Nakata
Also known as
Sumaho o Otoshita Dake Na no Ni
Specifics
2018 / 116m - Japan
Genre
Thriller, Crime
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Stolen Identity poster

Hideo Nakata's tech thriller. It's a bit like watching an update of The Net (1995), only with some serial killer elements thrown in to make it a bit more exciting. It's actually somewhat successful too, though this film mostly underlines that Nakata hasn't been on top of his game for quite a while now.

Makoto is late for a meeting and stuck in traffic. He decides to take the train instead, but he forgets his phone in his cab. Shortly afterwards his girlfriend receives a call for a man who has found Makoto's phone. She picks it up and everything seems back to normal, what she doesn't know is that Makoto's phone got hacked.

Stolen Identity isn't a bad film, Nakata's direction is competent and a couple of minor twists keep things interesting. On the other hand, it's not a very notable film. Performances are decent, so is the cinematography and score, there's just little here that makes a big impression. Entertaining filler though.

Ghost Theater

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

Monsterz

by Hideo Nakata
Specifics
2014 / 112m - Japan
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
2010 / 107m - Japan
Genre
Horror, Mystery, Thriller
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
The Incite Mill poster

Last Scene

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

Worthy but flawed

Sadako

by Hideo Nakata
Specifics
2019 / 99m - Japan
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
2019 / 82m - Japan
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
2018 / 125m - Japan
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
2016 / 80m - Japan
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
2000 / 100m - Japan
Genre
Drama, Romance
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
The Sleeping Bride poster

Dubious filler

Stigmatized Properties

by Hideo Nakata
Also known as
Jiko Bukken: Kowai Madori
Specifics
2020 / 111m - Japan
Genre
Horror
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Stigmatized Properties poster

I think Nakata has reached the point where he needs to ask himself if he feels he still has something to add to the horror genre. Stigmatized Properties felt like a 25-year-old film that just happened to be made last year. It is so insanely derivative and uninspired that you have to wonder why Nakata even bothered.

After a comical duo disbands their act, one of them lands a job as a TV host, with the other on board as a screenwriter. His job is to seek out haunted houses and spend the night there. He gets lucky on his first job as his camera registers a spirit. He becomes an overnight sensation and before he knows it, he is on his way to his second haunted house.

There is a lot of padding here, which isn't very interesting at all. Generic characters and Nakata's tepid direction simply don't support a dramatic narrative. The bigger problem though is that none of the haunts are scary. It's just the same old ghosts and apparitions doing the same old things. The ending gives the film a small boost, other than that this is for the most hardened J-Horror fans only.

Plain forgettable

Death Note: L Change the World

by Hideo Nakata
Also known as
L: Change the World
Specifics
2008 / 129m - Japan
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
2005 / 110m - USA
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
1999 / 95m - Japan
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
1998 / 96m - Japan
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
1996 / 74m - Japan
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
1992 / 65m - Japan
Genre
Horror
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
Curse, Death & Spirit poster