films seen
12
average score
2.50*
nationality
Japan - 61 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Together with Nakata and Shimizu, Norio Tsuruta fronted the Japanese suspense wave. A true, dedicated horror director, though at his best when diverging from the usual less is more fare. A must for people who love Asian horror cinema.

The good stuff

Orochi - Blood

by Norio Tsuruta
2008 / 107m - Japan
Horror
Orochi - Blood poster

The addition of the fantastical figure gives Orochi a somewhat novel feel though.

Solid pieces

King's Game

by Norio Tsuruta
Osama Gemu
2011 / 82m - Japan
Horror
3.5*/5.0*
King's Game poster

Ring Ø: Birthday

by Norio Tsuruta
Ringu 0: Bâsudei
2000 / 99m - Japan
Horror, Thriller
3.5*/5.0*
Ring Ø: Birthday poster

The inoffensive

Talk to the Dead

by Norio Tsuruta
Tôku tu za Deddo
2013 / 84m - Japan
Horror
3.0*/5.0*
Talk to the Dead poster

Dark Tales of Japan

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

Kakashi

by Norio Tsuruta
2001 / 86m - Japan
Fantasy, Horror
3.0*/5.0*
Kakashi poster

Dubious filler

P.O.V. - A Cursed Film

by Norio Tsuruta
POV: Norowareta Firumu
2012 / 92m - Japan
Horror
2.0*/5.0*
P.O.V. - A Cursed Film poster

Dream Cruise

by Norio Tsuruta
2007 / 87m - USA
Horror
2.0*/5.0*
Dream Cruise poster

Scary True Stories: Realm of Spectres

by Norio Tsuruta
Shin Honto Ni Atta Kowai Hanashi: Yuugen-Kai
1992 / 60m - Japan
Horror
2.0*/5.0*
Scary True Stories: Realm of Spectres poster

Plain forgettable

Premonition

by Norio Tsuruta
Yogen
2004 / 95m - Japan
Horror
1.5*/5.0*
Premonition poster

Scary True Stories: Ten Haunting Tales from the Japanese Underground

by Norio Tsuruta
Honto ni Atta Kowai Hanashi
1991 / 50m - Japan
Horror
1.5*/5.0*
Scary True Stories: Ten Haunting Tales from the Japanese Underground poster

Big nopes

Scary True Stories: Night 2

by Norio Tsuruta
Honto Ni Atta Kowai Hanashi: Dai-Ni-Ya
1992 / 60m - Japan
Horror
1.0*/5.0*
Scary True Stories: Night 2 poster