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Found Footage Films of Koji Shiraishi

The Curse

The Curse (2005)

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.

The starlet, Marika, noticed something horrible while filming a reality show in a shrine

The starlet, Marika, noticed something horrible while filming reality show in a shrine

The psychic girl, Kana, drew picture of a mysterious being

The psychic girl, Kana, drew picture of a mysterious being

The demonic dancing ritual

The demonic dancing ritual

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.

Occult (2009)

Occult (2009)

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.

Strange message carved on the body of knife-attack victim

Strange message carved on the body of knife-attack victim

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!

Shirome (2010)

Shirome (2010)

Scared witless before entering school

Scared witless before entering school

let's capture ghost on our camera! what could go wrong?

let’s capture ghost on our camera! what could go wrong?

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.

Cult (2013)

Cult (2013)

Guess what she's just eaten

Guess what she’s just eaten

the mysterious shaman

the mysterious shaman

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