Kaidan Horror Classics (2010– )

TV Series   |  Horror


Episode Guide
Kaidan Horror Classics (2010) Poster

In national broadcaster NHK's 'ghost story,' four episodes have been compiled into two films. Each story is taken from, or at least inspired by a well-known and familiar classic Japanese ... See full summary »


6.3/10
35

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Get More From IMDb

For an enhanced browsing experience, get the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Cast & Crew

Top Series Cast



Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review


User Reviews


18 August 2012 | ebossert
8
| Kaidan Horror Classics (2010) - a must see for fans of traditional, dramatic horror
The two external reviews (Vcinema and Twitch) do a great job at explaining the background of these four short films, so I'll simply provide some thoughts. Obviously, the directing talent on display here is top notch, and whenever Shinya Tsukamoto and Hirokazu Koreeda step behind the camera it's time to take notice. One thing to understand, however, is that these films are traditional horror/drama hybrids that rely more on thematic terror than visceral terror. This means that they are slow-paced and more concerned with character development and interaction than anything else.

Kaidan Horror Classics 1: The Arm (aka Kataude) (2010) – This 45-minute film is about a man who borrows a woman's living arm for the evening. Quite a bizarre premise, but this is successful at establishing its mood and themes. A slow-burner with no overt scare tactics, this nevertheless immerses the viewer into an odd world with strange characters, opting for a romanticized tone instead of outright scares. The arm itself looks incredibly real; the brief computer effects are cheap, but are still used nicely to create a traditional yet spooky mood.

Kaidan Horror Classics 2: The Whistler (aka Hazakura To Mabue) (2010) – Shinya Tsukamoto directs this 35-minute film. Two sisters live with their father deep in the forest, with the older sister caring for the younger one (who has been given only 100 days to live). It's interesting to see how Tsukamoto has transitioned to a more organic feel in his films, at times invoking gorgeous natural environments here (ala "Vital") with vibrant use of green. Much focus is given to sisterly bonding and conflict, which is anchored by intense performances by the actresses.

Kaidan Horror Classics 3: The Nose (aka Hana) (2010) – This story is about a monk who wanders the wilderness because of his facial deformity – a huge, nasty-looking nose, which is a reference to the Japanese "tengu" monster legend. After becoming involved with an unfortunate accident, his relationship with the nearby villagers becomes strained. The film portrays the morality of the protagonist and the villagers within a "grey zone", leaving one to wonder who the real monsters are. This film has a runtime of 33 minutes.

Kaidan Horror Classics 4: The Days After (aka Noshi No Hai) (2010) – Hirokazu Koreeda directs this portrait of the love and grief two parents feel for their late child, whose spirit wanders home on a regular basis to spend time with them. This 48-minute film is the last in this series and the only one that is safely classified as strictly drama (not horror). This is well made, so fans of the director will want to check it out.

In a nutshell, these films are definitely recommended and worth seeking out.

Critic Reviews


More Like This

Daijôbu de aruyô ni: Cocco owaranai tabi

Daijôbu de aruyô ni: Cocco owaranai tabi

Going My Home

Going My Home

Ishibumi

Ishibumi

Lessons from a Calf

Lessons from a Calf

Without Memory

Without Memory

Hana

Hana

August Without Him

August Without Him

Nonfix

Nonfix

I Wish

I Wish

Air Doll

Air Doll

However...

However...

Distance

Distance

Did You Know?

Storyline

Plot Summary


Genres

Horror

Details

Release Date:

23 August 2010

Language

Japanese


Country of Origin

Japan

Filming Locations

Ishioka, Ibaraki, Japan

"American Horror Story" Tops This Week’s TV Picks

Here's everything worth watching from Emma Roberts at a murderous summer camp, to the return of "Titans," and a new celeb-packed Netflix movie.

Watch our video

Featured on IMDb

Join us Sunday, Sept. 22, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT for IMDb LIVE After the Emmys, with exclusive interviews, and more. Plus, see what IMDb editors are watching this month.

Around The Web

 | 

Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on Amazon.com