Besides "The Ring," Takashi Shimizu's "The Grudge" is probably the most successful and well-known Japanese horror film in America. Since creating that international franchise, Shimizu went on to direct "Reincarnation" and "The Shock Labyrinth." He recently wrapped up production on the upcoming supernatural horror film "7500."
Shimizu was in Texas for the Dallas International Film Festival in support of his latest Japanese film, "Tormented." I had the wonderful opportunity to speak with him about his movies while he was in town.
Is "7500" in 3D? If not, did you want it to be?
No. It wasn't requested to be done in 3D. If there was another film idea that I could utilize 3D technology for, I would like to do that.
With everyone post-converting films, are there any plans on putting out "The Grudge" films in 3D?
Not right now. Most regular audience[s] might not notice, but I can tell the difference between a movie that was converted from 2D to 3D and a movie that was shot in 3D with a 3D camera and was intended to be made as a 3D movie. It's obvious to me. I don't really have an interest in doing that.
Are we going to see another "Ju-on" or "The Grudge" movie directed by you any time?
A few weeks ago I was asked to do part three of the original Japanese "Ju-on." I didn't accept it.
It's not that I don't want to do it. It's because I've been doing one "Ju-on" or "Grudge" movie after the next back to back. I would like to make a name for myself with other types of films besides horror. I want to be recognized for my movies like "Ju-on" and "The Grudge." However, I would like to make a name for myself with other types of films. Maybe I'll revisit "Ju-on" and do part three after that.
What type of movies do you want to make?
I want to make comedy and dark fantasy films. I actually couldn't watch horror movies until I was about 14 years old. I like them right now. I don't understand why.
I think genres like horror and love stories are actually very easy to translate among different cultures and languages. However, when it comes to comedy, I think it would be a really big challenge for me to hit those comedic points, do that across the board, and be accepted in different countries.
Talk about that a little bit.
A lot of times a Japanese audience doesn't get American jokes. I have been to American comedies [in Japan], and I'm probably the only person laughing out loud in the theater. I do love Japanese comedies, too. I hope someday I can bridge those together and make something that's transcultural.
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