Released in 2005, the story was hosted by Kobayashi, a paranormal expert, who was doing a documentary about supernatural activities all over Japan. His investigation into mysterious woman named Junko Ishii and her son led to many disturbing events; dead pigeons, possessed TV star, disappearance of a psychic girl and finally an ancient forgotten demonic ritual in a rural village. The part about ritual is especially creepy. As Kobayashi dig deeper and deeper, he and everyone in the story are caught in spiral web of curses.
Maybe because of the found-footage style, it just seems so real and evil to me. So I was quite fascinated by this film and searched for other similar films of Shiraishi. And I wasn’t disappointed.
After a mass assault by knife at a tranquil beach resort, a film crew started an investigation. They encountered strange events while filming documentary, especially with one homeless surviving victim. After several interviews with him, the director found out the knife attack wasn’t without reason as it appeared to be.
The next found-footage Shirome (2010) followed 6 members of girl group Momoiri Clover (they’re real) investigating haunted locations in a reality show. The girls were asked to visit an abandoned school in which the shrine of deity Shirome was situated. According to legend, Shirome will grant your wish if you pray to him sincerely and completely believe in him. However, if he found your prayer to be insincere, he’ll destroy you (better pray hard). Knowing this, the girls ventured into school to pray for a chance to appear in nationwide TV broadcast. Good Luck girls!
And Cult (2013), horror found-footage with suspense and comedy touch. A group of TV Star participated in a reality show of exorcism. Is it the house or family member that is haunted? The shaman guy might be a little bit over the top but I do find him hilarious enough.