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Scary True Stories: Ten Haunting Tales from the Japanese Underground (1991)

Yumi Goto , Rie Kondoh , Norio Tsuruta  |  NR |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Yumi Goto, Rie Kondoh, Akane Aizawa, Ryûshi Mizukami, Daisuke Ban
  • Directors: Norio Tsuruta
  • Writers: Norio Tsuruta, Chiaki Konaka
  • Producers: Naokatsu Itô, Satoru Ogura, Yasutada Uemura
  • Format: Subtitled, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Dark Sky Films
  • DVD Release Date: November 22, 2005
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AQKZ3Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,480 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Scary True Stories: Ten Haunting Tales from the Japanese Underground" on IMDb

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In the early 1990s, film director Norio Tsuruta (Premonition, Ring 0: Birthday) and screenwriter Chiaki Konaka (Marebito) collaborated on a three-part series of television programs based on actual paranormal events. Collectively known as Honto Ni Atta Kowai Hanashi (Scary True Stories), it was an immediate hit. Not only did it mark Norio Tsuruta's directorial debut, it also became a pioneering work which lit the flame of the Japanese horror boom, shedding its influence on such films as Ringu, Ju-On: The Grudge, and Pulse. Set in contemporary Japan and highlighted by creepy visuals and sound effects, these chilling dramatizations of supernatural horror are presented for the first time in the U.S. as a complete edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Tame, But Enjoyable August 7, 2006
If you are looking to be scared out of your wits, this is not going to do it. Mentioning or comparing those two movies with this production is false advertising. These stories are allegedly true, but fall flat with cheesy special effects (the light emanating from a ghost is just a spotlight chasing people around) and tame plotlines. Not to mention every story is told by a girl, usually junior high age. Males exist only in supporting roles in two tales.

The stories are more relaxing than anything else. The slight spookiness here is best served as an appetizer for a truly terrifying film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good for kids slumber parties+fun way to learn Japanese September 9, 2008
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The story lines are decent but the acting is sometimes cheesy. Ive been studying Japanese for 1.5 years now and loved this video because the dialogue is clear and slow enough to understand. Even if you're not studying Japanese I recommend this. Would make a unique and not too scary video for preteen slumber parties too :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly not bad. March 18, 2014
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I was actually a bit impressed by this. Some of the stories are not really scary, but some of them actually do cause a little bit of an adrenaline rush. It really isn't that bad. I enjoyed watching this with a friend, even though some times we made fun of some stories, and other times we expressed our anger for neglected people. (Sort-of-Spoiler: One of the ghost stories is about a girl who died in a changing room at a community pool and no one realized she was gone.)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty okay. September 9, 2013
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It's not incredibly scary. However, just for learning some about the culture, it's pretty neat. It kind of reminds me of the Are You Afraid of the Dark? series that I used to watch when I was younger, almost like it was made for kids. My teenage son doesn't find it scary at all.
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