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Takashi Shimizu is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Supervising Producer Japonais born on 27 july 1972 at Maebashi (Japon)

Takashi Shimizu

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Nationality Japon
Birth 27 july 1972 (51 years) at Maebashi (Japon)

Takashi Shimizu (清水 崇 Shimizu Takashi, born 27 July 1972 in Maebashi City, Gunma Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese filmmaker. He is best known for being the creator of the Japanese Ju-on series and the American Grudge franchise.

Best films

The Grudge (2004)
The Grudge 2 (2006)

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Filmography of Takashi Shimizu (27 films)

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Why Horror?
Origin Canada
Genres Documentary
Themes Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry
Actors John Carpenter, Eli Roth, Alexandre Aja, Rodrigo Gudiño, Simon Barrett, George A. Romero
Rating61% 3.0980553.0980553.0980553.0980553.098055
The documentary follows horror movie fan and journalist Tal Zimerman as he tries to look at the reasons why people enjoy the horror genre. The genre is globally popular and is present in a wide variety of formats such as films, books, music, graphic novels, artwork, and video games, yet reactions to it can sometimes be polarized and in some instances Tal feels that the genre's fans are misunderstood. At the same time, Tal is conflicted over how he can be "disturbed by gruesome imagery showcased in the news, but thrives on blood and guts found in movies, books, music, graphic novels and video games" and as such sets out to try to find how horror affects his mind. For his research Tal interviews several different people, from genre filmmakers and writers to scientists and psychologists, to uncover why people enjoy horror and how perception, traditions, and beliefs help impact how horror is perceived and displayed in various countries and globally as a whole.
Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl, 1h25
Directed by Yoshihiro Nishimura, Naoyuki Tomomatsu
Origin Japon
Genres Comedy, Horror
Themes Films about computing, Films about magic and magicians, Frankenstein films, Vampires in film, Cyberpunk films
Actors Takumi Saito, Yukie Kawamura, Eihi Shiina, Takashi Shimizu, Kanji Tsuda, Terri Doty
Roles Chinese Professor
Rating56% 2.8490052.8490052.8490052.8490052.849005
In a typical Tokyo high school a perpetually teenage vampire named Monami (Yukie Kawamura) falls for her classmate, Mizushima (Takumi Saito), who happens to already be the reluctant boyfriend to the vice principal/science professor's daughter, Keiko (Eri Otoguro), a leader of a Sweet Lolita gang. The ensuing love triangle leads Keiko to seek the assistance of her father who, unbeknown to his daughter, moonlights as a Kabuki-clad mad scientist with the school nurse as his assistant. The pair experiment on students in the school basement hoping to discover the secret of reanimating corpses (akin to the work of Victor Frankenstein). Their hopes are answered when they discover a solution of Monami's blood holds the properties to bring life to dead body parts and inanimate objects.
Tokyo Gore Police, 1h49
Directed by Yoshihiro Nishimura
Origin Japon
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Horror
Themes Political films, Dystopian films
Actors Eihi Shiina, Itsuji Itao, Tak Sakaguchi, Shun Sugata, Ayano Yamamoto, Takashi Shimizu
Rating59% 2.9501552.9501552.9501552.9501552.950155
The film is set in a near future chaotic Japan. A mad scientist known as "Key Man" has created a virus that mutates humans into monstrous creatures called "Engineers" that sprout bizarre weapons from any injury. The Tokyo Police Force has been privatized to deal with this new threat of engineers, so a special squad of officers called "Engineer Hunters" are created to deal with them. However, unlike the average police force, the Engineer Hunters are a private quasi-military force that utilize violence, sadism, and streetside executions to maintain law and order.


Flight 7500, 1h16
Directed by Takashi Shimizu
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Fantastic, Action, Horror
Themes La fin du monde, Transport films, Aviation films, Dans un avion, Disaster films, Films about aviation accidents or incidents
Actors Jamie Chung, Ryan Kwanten, Amy Smart, Nicky Whelan, Scout Taylor-Compton, Leslie Bibb
Rating48% 2.4010852.4010852.4010852.4010852.401085
Flight 7500 is departing from Los Angeles to Tokyo. Passengers on board include: a group of two vacationing couples, Jenn (Aja Evans) and Jack (Ben Sharples) and Brad (Ryan Kwanten) and Pia (Amy Smart), who have secretly broken up; a thief Jake (Alex Frost); a suspicious businessman travelling with a strange wooden box, Lance (Rick Kelly); a young woman Raquel (Christian Serratos); newlyweds Rick (Jerry Ferrara) and the snobby Liz (Nicky Whelan), and; the goth Jacinta (Scout Taylor-Compton). Air hostesses Laura (Leslie Bibb) and Suzy (Jamie Chung) welcome the passengers on board, and Suzy questions Laura about her secret relationship with the married captain, Pete (Johnathon Schaech).
Kiki's Delivery Service, 1h48
Directed by Takashi Shimizu
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Fuka Koshiba, Machiko Ono, Rie Miyazawa, Minako Kotobuki, Tadanobu Asano
Rating57% 2.870342.870342.870342.870342.87034
Une jeune fille nommée Kiki doit quitter sa maison pendant un an pour commencer une formation en sorcellerie. Elle part sur son balai, mais dit d'abord au revoir à ses amis et à sa famille. Kiki commence alors sa nouvelle vie avec son fidèle chat Jiji.
Tormented (2011)
, 1h23
Directed by Takashi Shimizu
Origin Japon
Genres Thriller, Horror
Actors Hikari Mitsushima, Teruyuki Kagawa, Nao Ōmori
Rating51% 2.561442.561442.561442.561442.56144
In Japan, Kiriko (Hikari Mitsushima) and her younger half-brother Daigo (Takeru Shibuya) live with their father Kohei (Teruyuki Kagawa) who is a book illustrator. One day Daigo inexplicably beats a rabbit to death outside his school and subsequently stops attending classes. Kiriko becomes worried by Daigo's behaviour while their father ignores the problem as he is caught up in latest job: a pop-up book about The Little Mermaid. Later, Kiriko takes Daigo to watch the 3-D horror film The Shock Labyrinth involving a rabbit doll which appears to float out of the screen and into Daigo's hands. Daigo takes it home. That night a large version of the doll pulls him through a cupboard into a fairground. The next night Daigo is pulled by the rabbit through the mattress of his bed. Kiriko follows him this time and the group goes to an abandoned hospital. Later, Kiriko tells her father that "Kyoko is coming. I saw her. Daigo too." Kiriko then recalls when she was younger and Kohei brought home his pregnant second wife, Kyoko. Kiriko attacked Kyoko and now Kiriko and Daigo seem to believe that Kyoko has come back to haunt them in a rabbit costume and are determined to destroy the doll.
The Shock Labyrinth, 1h35
Directed by Takashi Shimizu
Genres Thriller, Horror
Actors Yūya Yagira, Ai Maeda, Misako Renbutsu, Suzuki Matsuo, Ryo Katsuji, Elina Mizuno
Rating38% 1.9197851.9197851.9197851.9197851.919785
This is a story of a group of teenagers with a shared mysterious past, that are confronted suddenly with the return of a friend who was thought to be dead. After the friend, Yuki, falls ill, they take her to a hospital only to find out it is a labyrinth.
The Grudge 2, 1h42
Directed by Takashi Shimizu
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror
Themes Films about children, Seafaring films, Transport films, Ghost films
Actors Amber Tamblyn, Arielle Kebbel, Jennifer Beals, Edison Chen, Matthew Knight, Sarah Roemer
Rating50% 2.5047152.5047152.5047152.5047152.504715
In Japanese society, it is said a curse is created when a person dies in the grip of a powerful rage or sorrow. Those who encounter the evil supernatural force are consumed by it, the curse is born repeatedly and spreads. The original victims of the curse, the Saeki family, haunt their Tokyo suburban house as ghosts and kill anyone who enters. Housewife Kayako Saeki was murdered by her husband Takeo after he discovered she loved another man, their son Toshio and pet cat Mar also being murdered, before Takeo was hung by Kayako’s ghost. In the first film, American social worker Karen Davis tried to burn the house down to stop the curse, but failed, finding herself hospitalised and haunted by Kayako. The film’s chronology is told in a non-linear fashion, taking place in 2004 and 2006 respectfully.
Reincarnation, 1h36
Directed by Takashi Shimizu
Genres Horror
Themes Films about religion, Ghost films
Actors Karina, Kippei Shiina, Yūka, Shun Oguri, Tetta Sugimoto, Takako Fuji
Rating60% 3.04833.04833.04833.04833.0483
35 years ago, a college professor named Norihasa Omori (Atsushi Haruta) visits a local hotel and films himself killing 11 of the hotel guests, employees, his own children and himself committing suicide as a part of his wish to understand reincarnation. Since then, the footage of the murders disappears.
The Grudge
The Grudge (2004)
, 1h31
Directed by Takashi Shimizu
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Fantastic, Horror
Themes Films about children, Seafaring films, Transport films, Ghost films
Actors Sarah Michelle Prinze, Jason Behr, William Mapother, KaDee Strickland-Behr, Clea DuVall, Bill Pullman
Rating58% 2.9499052.9499052.9499052.9499052.949905
The Grudge describes a curse that is born when someone dies in the grip of a powerful rage or extreme sorrow. The curse is an entity created where the person died. Those who encounter this evil supernatural force die; and the curse is reborn repeatedly, passed from victim to victim in an endless, growing chain of horror. The following events are explained in their actual order; the original film is presented in a non-linear narrative.
Marebito (2004)
, 1h32
Directed by Takashi Shimizu
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Horror
Actors Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Mika Ninagawa, Shun Sugata, Masayoshi Haneda
Rating60% 3.0001653.0001653.0001653.0001653.000165
The film is about a man named Masuoka, played by Shinya Tsukamoto, who carries a camera everywhere he goes. He becomes obsessed with the idea of fear when he sees a frightened man shove a knife in his eye to commit suicide. Wishing to understand the fear that the dead man must have felt before his death, Masuoka descends into a labyrinthine underground area beneath the city, where he sees human-like creatures that walk on their hands and knees and whimper like dogs. While searching the series of tunnels and passages, Masuoka encounters a homeless underground inhabitant who warns him about the Deros. He then meets the ghost of Kuroki, the man who killed himself, and learns more about the underworld. After hours of searching, Masuoka discovers a mountain range with a village built by the underground dwellers. He finds a naked girl (played by Tomomi Miyashita) chained to the wall. He takes her back to his apartment and notices she doesn't eat, drink, or speak.
Dark Tales of Japan
Directed by Takashi Shimizu, Kōji Shiraishi, Norio Tsuruta, Yoshihiro Nakamura
Genres Horror
Actors Yoshinori Okada, Kayoko Shiraishi, Endo Shozo (遠藤章造), Miyako Yamaguchi, Shigenori Yamazaki, Yū Yamada
Rating58% 2.9007252.9007252.9007252.9007252.900725
Introduction: Would You Like to Hear a Scary Tale? Introduction: Would You Like to Hear a Scary Tale? (Intorodakushon: Kowai hanashi, kikitai desu ka)
Ju-on: The Grudge, 1h32
Directed by Takashi Shimizu
Origin Japon
Genres Horror
Themes Films about children, Ghost films
Actors Megumi Okina, Misaki Ito, Yui Ichikawa, Takako Fuji, Misa Uehara (actress, born 1983), Yūya Ozeki
Rating66% 3.349763.349763.349763.349763.34976
The film’s story takes place over a number of years and like the other Ju-on films, is told in a non-linear order in six segments. The segments are presented in the following order: Rika (理佳), Katsuya (勝也), Hitomi (仁美), Toyama (遠山), Izumi (いづみ), and Kayako (伽椰子). The synopsis shall be told in the chronological order of events.
Ju-on: The Grudge 2, 1h35
Directed by Takashi Shimizu
Origin Japon
Genres Thriller, Horror
Themes Films about children, Pregnancy films, Films about sexuality, Ghost films
Actors Noriko Sakai, Kei Horie, Yui Ichikawa, Chiharu Niiyama, Kaoru Mizuki, Takako Fuji
Rating62% 3.149823.149823.149823.149823.14982
Like the rest of the Ju-on series, the film takes place over a period of time, and is told in a non-linear order as six overlapping vignettes. The overarching plot involves the haunted house of the deceased Saeki family, whose brutal murders caused by Kayako Saeki’s crush on another man led to the creation of a curse. Anyone who enters the house will be cursed and eventually consumed by the ghosts of the Saekis. The vignettes are presented in the following order: Kyoko (京子), Tomoka (朋香), Megumi (恵), Keisuke (圭介), Chiharu (千春), and Kayako (伽椰子).
Tomie: Rebirth, 1h41
Directed by Takashi Shimizu
Genres Horror
Actors Miki Sakai, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Shugo Oshinari, Masaya Kikawada, Mia Murano, Yutaka Nakajima
Rating56% 2.8106952.8106952.8106952.8106952.810695
An artist named Hideo is painting his girlfriend Tomie (Miki Sakai), but she dismisses it as a poor painting and he kills her in a jealous rage with an art knife and his two friends Shunsuke and Takumi help him bury her. When the three friends are at a party Tomie shows up and the artist kills himself in the bathroom. Tomie latches onto Shunsuke and his mother kills Tomie and they cut her up together in an unnatural ecstasy. They then burn her head, which has already started to regenerate and has some crude limbs for locomotion. The portrait of Tomie allows for her regeneration, as her supernatural blood mixed with the pigments. Takumi's girlfriend Hitomi gets possessed by Tomie, in a rather viral fashion. In a fit of jealousy, the two Tomies try to eliminate the other.