A Record of Communication with the Dead

1952. The Italian priest, Father Gemilli Hears his the voice of his dead father on a magnetophone while recording a Gregorian chant.
1973. American paranormal researcher, George Meek, invents an electronic device called "Spiricom", which makes the voice of spirits audible to human ears.
1985. Mr. Klaus Schreiber of Germany employs a unique method of connecting video to television and succeeds in capturing 5 frames of video of his daughter who passed away 20 years ago.
1994. Spaniards, Jose Garrido and Alfonso Galeano capture and record a number of ghosts on video.
5 years later in 1999, they conduct another experiment in front of a crowd of close to 100 people in a Barcelona square where they succeed in capturing a variety of paranormal phenomena on video.
And then...

"Ghost System" Project Prospectus
If you had a machine that could summon spirits of the dead, who would you want to meet? Well, there is a system that can reunite you with those you've lost: family members, friends or lovers. But one word of caution...

Project Background
The horror film boom shows no signs of waning. In fact, its popularity continues to grow. The bone-chilling computer game and full-length feature movie, "Bio-Hazard," and the Hollywood remake of the Japanese horror phenomenon, "The Ring," were both global hits, the latter earning over 100 million dollars at the box office. With Japanese horror now beginning to earn worldwide attention and acclaim, here comes "Ghost System."
The barrier between life and death has been destroyed

Why do people have to die? Will the afterlife forever elude science? Death persists as the quintessential mystery to life? Its mystery has instilled fear, demanded reverence and permeated the thoughts and actions of mortal Man throughout Time. And so it is the theme of "Ghost System."

A scientist devises a system that enables one to access the thoughts, or "ghosts," of the dead.
The dead coming to life...
The fear born from their communion...
And eventually...
the destruction of all that separates life and death.

A Breeding "System"
The "Ghost System" was designed to grow and expand to a variety of "horror genre" delivery channels: the Internet, Movies, Publications and Games. In fact, "Ghost System" is already breeding.

"Ghost System" is a single project already that has already been launched.

[July 2002]
Short film, "Ghost System," distributed over the Internet (ending Dec. 2002).

[ November 2002 ]
Novel "Ghost System" published by Kadokawa Horror Fiction
Kaede Tsuda is rebuked by her classmates. Keisuke Ura flees to a forest after murdering his wife. Reiko Okazaki, a TV program director goes in search of answers to a serial murder puzzle. All three wind up in one place where they find the "system" and the mystery it hides.

[ January 2003 ]
Full-length feature film "Ghost System" (Fuji Television, Parco, Pony Canyon)
(Reedited version of the Internet-released film with a 10-minute extension and powerful finale not included in the online edition)
Wataru Higurashi enlists the help of Misaki Saegusa to go in search of his missing girlfriend, Mai Mizukawa. The trail leads them deep into an eerie forest where they stumble across a large and decaying ruin. In it, they find the "Ghost System" that can summon the dead.
Ā@Starring Chikako Sakuragi, Hiroshi Tamaki, Maria Yanagisawa and Atsuko Rukawa
Ā@Directed and written by Toshikazu Nagae.

A completely different story and whole new characters under the same title, "Ghost System." Gradually, however, the connection becomes clear. It is the search for this connection that makes "Ghost System" so captivating.

"Ghost System" aims to be the "Star Wars of horror," not just a film but a cultural phenomenon.
Future "Ghost System" releases:
Ghost System Computer Game --- underway
Ghost System animation --- underway
Ghost System TV and film: feature movie, television drama series, original video release… currently in the planning stages

Toshikazu Nagae, "Ghost System" project creator and author
Featured on these television programs: "Experience the Miraculous: Unbelievable Horror," "School Ghost Story Special: The Curse of Asagi," "Reviving Sorcerers," and "SMAPSMAP Special Program, aired Jan. 31, 2000.


Chikako Sakuragi as Misaki Saegusa
Hiroshi Tamaki as Wataru Higure
Maria Yanagisawa as Mai Mizukawa
Atsuko Rukawa as Ryo Nonomiya


Executive Producers: Hidehiko Koike, Daisuke Sekiguchi, Yuko Yasuda, Hiroyuki Tanahashi
Line Producer: Masashi Sekine
Directed / Screenplay / Original Story / Editor:Toshikazu Nagae
Photography Director: Toru Hirao

Produced by Pony Canyon Inc., Fuji Television Network Inc., & Parco in association with Ace Television.