films seen
13
average score
2.96*
nationality
Japan - 47 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Shiraishi is one of the few survivors of the Japanese suspense wave of the early 00s. He's a core horror director who rarely leaves his comfort zone, but if you're looking for some solid horror work you really can't go wrong with him.

The good stuff

Grotesque

by Koji Shiraishi
Also known as
Gurotesuku
Specifics
Japan [2009] - 73m
Genre
Horror
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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Grotesque poster

Grotesque is for all those people who need a lesson in what torture porn flicks really are.

Solid pieces

Hell Girl

by Koji Shiraishi
Also known as
Jigoko Shojo
Specifics
Japan [2019] - 107m
Genre
Fantasy, Horror
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Hell Girl poster

Koji Shiraishi is one of those faithful horror directors. Even though the international interest in Japanese horror has waned over the past decade, Shiraishi's love for the genre clearly hasn't. It's nice to see though that Shiraishi isn't married to a single style of horror, Hell Girl shows a different side of Japanese horror cinema.

The film isn't your typical less is more, black-haired ghost horror, instead it's a more fantastical kind of horror that offers a mix of modern and traditional Japanese horror elements. The story about an ongoing curse feels contemporary, but the characters and moody kills hark back to the classier horror of the past.

The film looks pretty nice (safe some poor CG moments), performances are solid and the mix of fantasy and horror offers a nice change of pace. I wasn't a big fan of the setting (the Japanese pop scene isn't all that interesting), but it hardly affected the film. One of Shiraishi's better films.

Impossibility Defense

by Koji Shiraishi
Also known as
Funôhan
Specifics
Japan [2017] - 106m
Genre
Mystery, Thriller
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Impossibility Defense poster

Interesting thriller with supernatural elements to spice things up. There's also a series attached to this film, no surprises there, but Shiraishi makes enough of an effort to have this film rise above its roots. It gets a little too plot-heavy when the film is working itself to its finale, but all in all an entertaining diversion.

A Record of Sweet Murder

by Koji Shiraishi
Also known as
Aru Yasashiki Satsujinsha no Kiroku
Specifics
Japan, South Korea [2014] - 86m
Genre
Horror
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
A Record of Sweet Murder poster

Interesting film, about a reporter visiting an old friend who is on the run from the authorities. A nifty handheld thriller, with a nice twist and some minor horror elements. Well acted, intriguing from start to finish and sporting a very rewarding finale. One of the better Shiraishi films I've seen.

The inoffensive

Kidan Piece of Darkness

by Koji Shiraishi, Yoshihiro Nakamura, Mari Asato, Eisuke Naito, Hajime Ohata, Hiroki Iwasawa
Also known as
Kidan Hyakkei
Specifics
Japan [2016] - 100m
Genre
Horror
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Kidan Piece of Darkness poster

A decent but slightly underwhelming horror anthology. Six respected directors tackle 10 horror stories, but with a setup like this there simply isn't enough variation in style and themes. There are no real weak entries, on the other hand far too few shorts that make an effort to stand out. Solid filler, but nothing more.

Teketeke

by Koji Shiraishi
Specifics
Japan [2009] - 70m
Genre
Horror
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Teketeke poster

Teketeke 2

by Koji Shiraishi
Specifics
Japan [2009] - 73m
Genre
Horror
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Teketeke 2 poster

A simple but effective sequel to the first film. Shiriashi loses himself a little in the police investigation, which needlessly slows the film down. Luckily the kills are still lots of fun and the monster is freaky enough, even though the CG doesn't do it justice. It's a short and amusing horror flick, nothing too out of the ordinary but good fun nonetheless.

Occult

by Koji Shiraishi
Also known as
Okaruto
Specifics
Japan [2009] - 110m
Genre
Horror, Mystery, Thriller
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Occult poster

A Slit-Mouthed Woman

by Koji Shiraishi
Also known as
Kuchisake-Onna
Specifics
Japan [2007] - 90m
Genre
Horror
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
A Slit-Mouthed Woman poster

Noroi the Curse

by Koji Shiraishi
Also known as
Noroi
Specifics
Japan [2005] - 115m
Genre
Horror, Mystery, Thriller
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Noroi the Curse poster

Dark Tales of Japan

by Yoshihiro Nakamura, Masayuki Ochiai, Takashi Shimizu, Koji Shiraishi, Norio Tsuruta
Also known as
Suiyô Puremia: Sekai Saikyô J Horâ SP Nihon no Kowai Yoru
Specifics
Japan [2004] - 92m
Genre
Horror
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Dark Tales of Japan poster

Dubious filler

The Ring vs The Grudge

by Koji Shiraishi
Also known as
Sadako vs Kayako
Specifics
Japan [2016] - 98m
Genre
Horror
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
The Ring vs The Grudge poster

Big nopes

White Eyes

by Koji Shiraishi
Also known as
Shirome
Specifics
Japan [2010] - 83m
Genre
Horror
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
White Eyes poster

Shiraishi made a couple of proper horror films, sadly this one was poor and grating. The J-pop band is horrendous, the less is more approach doesn't work at all and the entire film just looks cheap and unfinished. A terrible fluke, but at least it's kind of short.