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Archive - 10th Five Flavours Film Festival

Sadako vs Kayako

Japan 2016, 98’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Koji Shiraishi
screenplay: Koji Shiraishi, Takashi Shimizu (koncepcja postaci), Kôji Suzuki (koncepcja postaci)
cinematography: Hidetoshi Shinomiya
editing: Tsuyoshi Wada
music: Koji Endo
cast: Mizuki Yamamoto, Tina Tamashiro, Aimi Satsukawa, Misato Tanaka, Masahiro Komoto, Masanobu Ando, Rina Endo, Elly Nanami, Maiko Kikuchi
producer: Reiko Imayasu, Toshinori Yamaguchi, Mikihiko Hirata
production: Kadokawa Pictures, NBCUniversal Entertainment
language: Japanese
colouration: colour

Awards and festivals

Toronto IFF 2016; Fantastic Fest 2016; Montreal Festival of New Cinema 2016; Torino Film Fest 2016

Film description

There would be no J-horror without "The Ring" and "The Grudge". Each of the films has a number of sequels and remakes - it's high time their two deadly protagonists met in a duel. This is more than just an encounter of two merciless demons - it is a blood-chilling battle between the true legends of Japanese cinema.

The story starts off quite innocently. Two teenagers, Natsumi and Yuri, buy an old VCR to digitalize old footage of their parents. Inside, they discover an old cassette containing the video well-known to every "The Ring" fan. Meanwhile, another girl, Suzuka, moves into another house with her parents, and discovers a mysterious, abandoned building nearby, an object of many bizarre rumors in the neighborhood. The two seemingly unrelated stories will be brought together by a self-confident exorcist, Keizo, and his companion - a strange girl in a red cape.

Koji Shiraishi's film is not just a treat for the fans of both series. The director plays with conventions and evokes iconic elements while remaining full of respect and adoration for the originals. It is a perfectly executed horror film, appealing also to those at the beginning of their adventure with J-Horror.



Jagoda Murczyńska

Koji Shiraishi

Horror cinema specialist. Director, screenwriter, and actor, started his career as the assistant of Shinobu Yaguchi and Gakuryu Ishi. His debut, "Ju-rei," came out in 2004. Since then, he made several popular horrors.

Selected filmography:

2004 Ju-rei

2005 Klątwa | Noroi the Curse | Noroi

2007 Carved | Kuchisake-onna

2009 Grotesque | Gurotesuku

2010 White Eyes | Shirome

2013 Cult | Karuto

2014 A Record of Sweet Murder | Aru Yasashiki Satsujinsha no Kiroku

2016 Sadako vs Kayako

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