Archive - 10th Five Flavours Film Festival
Sadako vs Kayako
Awards and festivals
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.
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.
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