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The Horror Extreme Top Ten Asian Horrors.
Posted on by Pazuzu Iscariot
No extreme horror website would be complete without an Asian Horror feature. Asian horror films are horror, thriller and suspense films made in Asian countries, including Thailand, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia and India, that generally follow the conventions of J-Horror (Japan) and K-Horror (Korea). Here's the Horror Extreme top ten countdown of our favorite Asian Horror movies (in no particular order).
Audition is the story of Shigeharu Aoyama, a middle-aged widower who lost his wife to an illness 7 years prior, who is urged by his son to begin dating women again. Aoyama and his friend (who is a movie producer) decide to hold a fake audition in which young, attractive women would audition for the "part" of Aoyama's new wife, under the impression of auditioning for a starring role in a new movie. The widower ultimately becomes besotted with one particular young woman, Asami Yamazaki... but first impressions can often be horribly wrong!
At the dawn of the new millennium, Japan is in a state of near-collapse. With schoolchildren boycotting their lessons and physically abusing their teachers, a beleaguered and near-defeated government decides to introduce a radical new measure: The Battle Royale Act in which a randomly chosen school class be taken to a deserted island and forced to fight each other to death. The result is a gory and horror filled battle in which only one pupil is allowed to survive.
When Yoshimi's marriage breaks down, she and her daughter are forced to find a new place to live. Eventually they have to settle for an apartment in a gloomy, run down block of flats. Once there, the discovery of a schoolbag left behind by a mysterious young girl and the appearance of damp patches on the ceiling and walls begin to haunt them. Soon they discover the sinister truth behind these events as the intensity increases to an almost unbearably nerve-shredding climax!
When shamed reporter Kiyoshi Yamazaki visits one of Japan's many comfort houses to make a documentary about sex and violence amongst the nations youth he is somewhat surprised to encounter his daughter. Soon after he meets "Q" and invites him to stay at his family home. Soon after entering this dysfunctional world, "Q" sets about teaching each family member a unique and life-changing lesson. No taboo is left uncovered in the families shocking and horrific quest for domestic harmony.
This movie has been banned since 1983 but is at long last approved UNCUT! Astonishingly violent - Shogun Assassin tells the story of Lone Wolf, a powerful and feared "Masterless" samurai who lives a peaceful life with his wife and son. When he refuses to swear allegiance to Kurando, the most vicious shogun in Japanese history, Kurando orders the death of lone wolf's wife. Blinded by rage, Lone Wolf vows to avenge her death, taking his son with him on the path of darkness and retribution. This movie sits in the martial arts genre but there is more than enough horror and gore for it to sit comfortably in this list!
Ringu AKA Ring
Within a week of watching a mysterious video tape, a group of teenagers are dead. Their bodies are found gruesomely contorted and their eyes frozen as if they had seen something more terrifying that any physical threat. The video becomes an urban myth and an unseen force is pointing its deadly finger at those poor souls unable to resist their curiosity. A truly terrifying horror!
Ichi the Killer
Welcome to a world where violence is a virtue and depravity is a way of life. This is the underside of Shinjuku, and the Home of Kakihara, a sadistic Yakuaza killer. He relentlessly tears apart the underworld searching for the man who killed his boss. The mastermind behind the plot is Jijii, an ex-cop bent on turning the gangsters of Japan against one another. His trump card is a physically powerful, child-like lunatic who is constantly on the verge of snapping. This madman is Ichi, the Killer, and between him and Kakihara, the streets will run red with blood.
Ju-On (The Grudge)
A volunteer home care worker, Rika, enters the home of a bed-ridden patient and discovers a strange ghostly presence lurking behind a door sealed with duct tape. Her discovery unleashes a horrible evil which baffles police investigators, who find that a whole series of people have gone missing from this particular house. Further investigation leads to Toyama, a former detective who handled the case of a man who murdered his wife in the house, but whose son was never found. But when the angry "Ju-On" spirit of vengeance that has infected the house reaches beyond its boundaries, Rika realises that the horror is spreading...
The movie centers on ghosts invading the world of the living via the Internet. The film is a philosophical exploration into the alienation and loneliness of modern existence thanks to technology and more specifically, the Internet. Often referred to as one of the scariest films ever made, Pulse tells the story of a group of young friends rocked by the sudden suicide of one of their own, and his subsequent, ghostly reappearance in grainy computer and video images.
In a top-secret military laboratory, scientists are struggling to defeat man's oldest rival. Death. With the development of the revolutionary drug, DNX, the fight to restore life has been won. But there is no time for celebration as the hapless scientists discover that those who have been raised form the dead quickly acquire an insatiable hunger for raw human flesh! Junk is a modernized look at the zombie genre. Coming from an illustrious background of horror movies and Asian genre, this film directly represents its own style and movement.