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  • Actors: Akiko Esaki, Oshihiro Wada, Masaki Miura, Shigenori Yamazaki, Asuka Kurosawa
  • Directors: Yôichirô Hayama
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Genius Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 11, 2006
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FILUTM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,245 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dead Waves" on IMDb

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Language: Japanese, Subtitles: English

When ratings begin to slip for the network's "Spirit Sightings" program, Hiroshi Usui (Toshihiro Wada) prepares to tape and air the exorcism of a young girl named Runa (Shihori Kanjiya). During production, Hiroshi receives an email inquiring about Dead Waves emanating from his series.

Compelled to research the strange phenomenon before his latest show airs, Hiroshi uncovers the terrifying truth: Dead Waves are vengeful spirits that have become one with television waves, haunting all that watch "Spirit Sightings." The negative energies of these spirits, if not stopped, will escalate and steadily devour millions of viewers, pulling them into the shadowy world of death. With the exorcism about to air, Hiroshi races to stop it before evil is unleashed.

Customer Reviews

The story is a bit too confusing, and a simpler conception would have made better uses of available resources.
Zack Davisson
There are far too many films in this genre (that will either give you chills or at least enough cheese to laugh at with your friends) to waste time on this one.
Eric J. Kerkove
Around this same time, we learn that Horoshi's girlfriend recently killed herself, a week after being treated in a hospital for depression.
Daniel Jolley

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Evan Harris on February 20, 2007
Format: DVD
I try not to judge books by their covers, but I have to admit, the picture on the cover of this movie was so intriguing, I had to see what it was about. What I expected was an intense, terrifying journey, what i got was a solid little frightflick. But i digress:

Dead Waves is about an ambitious young director(Kanji Furutachi) of an Exorcism show whose popularity is waning and he's asked by the network head to spice things up a little. He doesnt believe in the paranormal, he believes the people that he films are mentally ill as opposed to possessed, but anything that keeps people watching he's willing to do. If that means pretending that he and his crew are performing exorcisms, so be it. We also learn that he has just suffered a devastating loss; his girlfriend who had a history of depression committed suicide by jumping from her apartment balcony. Add to this the fact that his next episode features a girl very similar in situation to his former lover who insists she is not crazy, that there are spirits haunting her and her visibly distraught and controlling brother. He begins to take her case personally and makes it his mission to get her the medical help he believes she needs. As he is doing what he beleives is right for her, he has to re-evaluate what he thinks he knows about the spirit world, possession and his own show and how it could possibly affect not only him, but the world.

Dead Waves is an intriguing combination of alot of other Asain horror movies. While watching it I saw shades of Ringu, Kairo, many others that i probably havent even seen. It does have its own feel, but at times the scares seemed a little too borrowed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 7, 2008
Format: DVD
The first thing that will strike you about "Dead Waves" ("Shiryoha") is the low production values. This appears to be an amateur film, shot entirely on digital video using mostly amateur actors making their first film, and probably edited on someone's home computer. Every now and then, the effects seem to have been forgotten, and there is one scene where the two actors are talking in front of a blue screen and one wonders if they simply ran out of cash. Blood is sometimes colored blue, or yellow, and that also makes one wonder if it is intentional or just a post-editing error.

That being said, "Dead Waves" works for what it is. The director and cast did their best to work within the limitations, and created a pretty decent little flick. It is by no means great, and isn't theatre-ready. While a few of the actors are experienced, like Kanjiya Shihori (Swing Girls) and Kurosawa Asuka (A Snake of June), everyone else is making their first screen appearance, and are probably friends of the director. Nobody does a bad job, but the inexperience does show.

One of the cool things about cheap video technology is that almost anyone can get their friends together, write a plot and some characters, and enjoy the creative process of making a movie. "Dead Waves" is much more ambitious in terms of story and effects than the similarly made The Blair Witch Project, and because of this it doesn't work as well.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 21, 2008
Format: DVD
I guess it had to happen eventually. For the first time ever, I've watched a Japanese horror film and did not enjoy the experience. Shiryôha (Dead Waves) just doesn't work. Neither the story nor the actors were the least bit compelling, there's no creepy atmosphere to speak of, there's insufficient lighting in many of the scenes, and - to be frank - the film just doesn't make a lot of sense to me. Clocking in at a comparatively short 77 minutes, one wonders if some continuity-building scenes ended up on the cutting room floor at the last minute. To be fair, I have to say that - as far as I've been able to ascertain - this was writer-director Yôichirô Hayama's first feature film, so I don't want to come down too harshly on him or his work, but the fact remains that I just didn't care for this film at all.

The story revolves around Hiroshi Usui (Toshihiro Wada), the director of the "exorcism corner" segments on the popular television show Spirit Sightings. The ratings for his segment are headed in the wrong direction, so he needs something good for the next show - and he thinks he's found it in the sister of one of the show's fans. Tsuyoshi Nagao (Masaki Miura) says that his younger sister is possessed and needs an exorcism. You don't have to be Dr. Phil to see that Tsuyoshi isn't right in the head, as he twitches along and swallows antacids by the handful in nervous agitation. Runa (Shihori Kanjiya), who actually seems pretty normal compared to her brother, doesn't want to be put on television, but the deal is done nonetheless.

Around this same time, we learn that Horoshi's girlfriend recently killed herself, a week after being treated in a hospital for depression.
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