Now, no mention of a USA release date at either the Cinema or on DVD as far as I can remember right now, the third of the J-Horror Theatre series is Takashi Shimizu's 'Rinne' (aka 'Reincarnation').
Following the R1 USA and R2 UK DVDs of the previous two J-Horror Theatre films, 'Infection' and 'Premonition' (which I avoided, don't need to have seen them), and preceeding Kiyoshi Kurosawa's 'Retribution' (due at Japanese Cinemas in the next six to nine months), Shimizu's large-budget weirdness is something I've been watching out for. I loved the last to arrive with English Subtitles (initially in HK, then set for appearances elsewhere soon after, not sure of the exact status on all that) which was Tsukamoto-starring 'Marebito', a film I easily pick as one of the best from the last year or so.
The contrast between the low-budget and large-budget approach interests me, as well as the idea of getting away from all the 'Ju-On' originals (a boxset of which appears on R2 UK DVD in October 2006 and an R1 USA DVD of the second of the films is due around then too) and 'The Grudge' remakes.
Still firmly in my mind is that far from the films being a Director-driven mood and feel, the system within which Shimizu works, as with all Directors, is for me a large part of how well a piece turns out. So, a reminder, since copies have already shipped in time for the official release on Monday 21st August 2006 in the U.K (and because you can buy it from Amazon.co.uk and ship anywhere in the world), that 'Reincarnation' is coming - not seen any publicity for this release, no press release reproduced on certain sites, little discussion or general pointers to its' appearance, so slap that cash down if you're interested in this one... I have.
The following links from The Gomorrahizer's previous posts, links to trailers in the archives :