10 Upcoming Japanese Thrillers You Need To Know About

Here is a list of 10 new Japanese thrillers that will be coming your way soon


creepy 1I got to review this new Japanese Serial-killer movie for Fantasia International Film Festival. I can confirm that Creepy, is as dark as they get although it does take a while to get going.

The film focuses on an ex-detective called Takahura that now works a journalist. He has moved in to a new home with his wife and decide to go out and meet the new neigbours.

They meet Mr Nishino, he seems odd, and is socially awkward but they think nothing more of it. But there is a lot more to Mr Nishino that they don’t know.

On his way home from work Takahura is approached by Mr Nishino’s daughter. She runs up to him in a state of panic, grabs his arm and says “that man is not my father. he is a total stranger”.

Takahura has also been contacted by an old colleague to help with a case about a missing family. Eventually he agrees to help and starts to follow the only known surviving victim.

Some of the most unsettling scenes that I have seen in a while. In-fact they are still lingering in the back of mind since I got to review this as part of our Fantasia coverage.


Japanese Maniac Hero This one sounds a little crazy. The film is a live-action adaptation from a manga series called Seikatsu, first published in 2010.

When Nakatsu looses his job at company he was working for he has no choice but to take up a job at the local convenient store.

He notices that his town is full of crime and decides to start-up a vigilante group. He enlists the help of his female friend, Kaori who has some sort of special abilities (don’t quote me on this but I think she has “information gathering” powers). Nakatsu has no powers but he carries two hammers up his sleeves, to help rid the streets of crime.


get my revengeSometimes we get a storyline that is just mind-blowing, Get My Revenge is one of those stories.

The film has a Battle Royale feeling to it. Get My Revenge is based on a Japanese novel called Fukushu Shitai (first published in 2011).

A new law is implemented in Japan that allows you to get revenge on the person that murdered your loved one.

In proper Japanese-battle-fashion , an island has been chosen to carry out the Get My Revenge act.

A teacher looses his wife at the hands of a killer and he decides to enter the Get My Revenge program for revenge

When he gets to the island he realises that he is sharing it with a group of extremists that are sent there for blowing up a building. The bomb that they detonated killed a lot of people, the loved ones of the deceased arrive on the island to get there revenge.

The ones who are carrying out the Get My Revenge act are equipped with everything they need to kill their target. They get weapons, and GPS and have 18 hours to find their targets. If they can not locate and kill their targets within the 18 hour period, the murderer is then released back into society.


zebraThe film will focus on a that gang make that run a dodgy scheme that  extorts money from the public.They become the target of the Yakuza when they mistakenly rip-off one their head-honchos.

Another movie based on a Manga series called Shimauma that was first published in 2010.

Not a lot of information on this one so here is the official plot …

Tatsuo, Hide, Satoshi and Aya worked together to cheat people out of money. They tended to target marriage services, where they con money out of people looking for love. They were good at it, until they crossed the wrong guy. Then they saw the world below the surface of dupes to cheat, when the ‘collection agency’ came for them with extreme violence.

The person who takes Satoshi and Hide, and then Aya and Tatsuo, is a wild-eyed maniac who seems to get off on the torture. There may be hope for Tatsuo, though, because the man recognizes him. The torturer is “Akasada” a bullied kid that Tatsuo knew from school. Now Tatsuo and Aya have been pulled, against their will, into Aka’s world.


nights tightropehis film focuses on a pair of female high school students.  After they hear a student talking about his involvement in a crash they become obsessed with death. Not death itself, but the sound that you make just before you take your last breath.

Both of the students take on morbid summer jobs. One works in a pediatric ward and the other in a nursing home. Their main purpose of their summer jobs is not to make money but to hopefully watch some people die.

OK, this film sounds fucked up, but I am intrigued to see where it is going to go. Obviously this movie will only be suited to a certain kind of viewer. I am really looking forward to it.

Based on a novel called Shojo that was first published in 2009.




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