If you're familiar with Haunted School
(Gakkō no Kaidan
), the successful Japanese horror film series from the 90's, then you probably know what to expect from the upcoming Gakkō no Kaidan: Noroi no Kotodama
. But what you may not know is that all the main female characters are played by young members of the popular J-pop/idol group Tokyo Girls' Style. Given that Ochiai Masayuki (also responsible for the next Ju-on
film) will attempt to revitalize a slightly forgotten franchise, the future of the project basically lies in the hands of those inexperienced actresses.
Although all four previous parts focused on elementary school children, Gakkō no Kaidan: Noroi no Kotodama takes spooky action into a more "mature" environment, namely a high school. The atmospheric first trailer doesn't really look as creepy as one might hope it would, but remember that the original idea was to keep the horror at a relatively family-friendly level (by Japanese standards). Here's how AsianWiki describes the plot:
Ayano, Miyu, Yuri and Mei are high school students. They learn about a fatal gas accident which occurred at a school in the past. The girls then experience unusual occurrences like hearing breathing from closed classrooms and seeing a person's shadow. Hitomi then sneaks into an abandoned school to shoot a horror video for the internet. Hitomi hears from her colleague Kimio about a fox's window which leads to the spirit world.
Gakkō no Kaidan: Noroi no Kotodama
opens in Japan on May 23, 2014. Watch the Japanese-language trailer below!
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