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A darkened room - with a jarring sound, an eerie light emanates from the TV
A distorted face floats in the middle of a never-ending sandstorm

This could be you

With all the TV specials about spirit photographs and haunted buildings have you never worried that you might yourself be cursed just by watching them?

"Dead Waves" are vengeful spirits that have become one with TV radio waves. Negative energies such as resentment and hatred are then released from the television on these waves. The phenomenon escalates, steadily devouring millions of viewers, pulling them into the shadowy world of death...

As the popularity of Asian Horror sweeps the world, a team of young filmmakers and actors brings you a startling, next generation horror movie - "Dead Waves."

Young stars Toshihiro Wada and Shihori Kanjiya (Swing Girls) appearing together for the first time

Promising young actor Toshihiro Wada, who found fame in Fuji TV's drama, "Tokyo Wankei" stars as TV director Hiroshi Usui, who is trying to pursue his own artistic path, struggling against abnormally competitive viewing ratings. In the role of Runa Nagao, a girl who fights the presence of the spirits, but does her best to stop them, is the talented young actress Shihori Kanjiya. She made a big impression with "Swing Girls" and has continued to appear in hit films including, "SURVIVE STYLE 5+" and "NICE NO MORI." "Dead Waves" is their first appearance together. The outstanding cast is completed with Masaki Miura, Akihiro Nakatani and Asuka Kurosawa in supporting roles.

The director of "Dead Waves" is Yoichiro Hayama. After writing screenplays for "TALES OF UNUSUAL", "The Following Is Based On A True Story" and "THE UNBELIEVABLE!", he made his debut as a feature film director with "Monkey" in 2003, gaining a reputation as an up-and-coming new talent.

STORY` You'll be cursed if you watch the TV...

A meeting is being held in a TV network conference room about ratings for the program "Spirit Sightings." Ratings for "Akie Doma's Exorcism" corner, directed by Hiroshi Usui, have fallen and producer Akinori Hayami (Akihiro Nakatani) encourages him to do something about it.

Hiroshi and assistant director, Naoto Taniguchi (Shigenori Yamazaki), visit the Nagao residence. Eccentric Tsuyoshi Nagao (Masaki Miura) insists that his younger sister, Runa (Shihori Kanjiya), is possessed by evil spirits and needs to undergo an exorcism.

Several days later, Akie Doma (Asuka Kurosawa), dressed as a priestess, starts the exorcism. Tsuyoshi screams as his body begins to shake violently. Runa's eyes seem to be following something as she mysteriously apologizes, "I'm sorry. It's all my fault..."

Hiroshi receives an e-mail from psychiatrist Akihiro Kawamura (MeikyoYamada), asking if he's heard about "dead waves." Kawamura had previously spoken out saying that incidents covered on Hiroshi's program were examples of mental illness and had nothing to do with spirits. Intrigued, Hiroshi surfs the Internet and finds reports of "dead waves," vengeful spirits that have combined with the TV broadcast waves to draw the viewers into the world of death.

Hiroshi feels uneasy and examines the matter further and uncovers the astonishing truth behind the Nagao household. Runa's mother and one of her classmates have disappeared. Hiroshi himself has become suspicious over the disappearance of one of his team.

Kawamura has come into possession of a suicide calendar, which he gives to Hiroshi. The calendar records instances of suicide and it becomes apparent that there has been an increase in suicides since October. October is when Hiroshi's TV program, "Spirit Sightings," was first aired. Coincidentally Hiroshi's ex-girlfriend, Shoko, also committed suicide on the first day of broadcast...

It is nearly 8 pm. The opening titles of "Spirit Sightings" are about to roll.

When the medium of television releases the "dead waves," a spine-chilling horror stalks the viewers...

PROFILE

Toshihiro Wada
Born Fukushima Prefecture, 1977

Toshihiro Wada decided to pursue a career in acting after successfully auditioning for Shinya Tsukamoto's "BULLET BALLET." He made a noteworthy appearance in an Aiful TV commercial and the film "Hotel Hibiscus" was a huge hit in 2003. In 2004 he was chosen to play Yukie Nakama's lover in the popular Fuji TV series "Tokyo Wankei." He is one of the most promising actors of his generation.

Shihori Kanjiya
Born Tokyo, 1985
A talented film and theater-based actress, appearing in such films as "A GAGGLE OF GOBLINS" Her popularity grew with an appearance in a Vodafone TV commercial. She became recognized as a major acting talent with roles in Shinobu Yaguchi's "Swing Girls" and Gen Sekiguchi's "SURVIVE STYLE 5+" (starring Tadanobu Asano). She is currently playing the role of Miho Osanai on TBS TV's drama series "H2."

Yoichiro Hayama - Director/Screenwriter
Born 1965
Graduated from Nihon University College of Art. His independently funded film was accepted for the Pia Film Festival. Following screenwriting gigs for the TV series "THE UNBELIEVABLE!" and "TALES OF UNUSUAL" and directing video films, he made his debut as a feature film director with "Monkey" in 2003. He is regarded as one of the hottest young directors in the industry.

cast&staff

CAST:

Toshihiro Wada
Shihori Kanjiya
Masaki Miura
Shigenori Yamazaki
Akiko Esaki
Yukimi Tanaka
Yuki Otake
Kanji Furutachi
Miho Hirata
Meikyo Yamada
Akihiro Nakatani
Asuka Kurosawa

STAFF:

Producers: Takeshi Moriya, Toshinori Nishimae
Director: Yoichiro Hayama
Screenplay: Kayo Kano, Yoichiro Hayama
Music: Hajime Yamane
Music Supervsor: Yuji Moriya
Theme Song by Julian Mack "The Evil of Weed"
Chief Line producer: Kazuhiko Watanabe
Line Producer: Toshiro Saiga, Masatsugu Asahi
Cinematography: Masahito Nakao
Lighting: Takehiko Tamiya
Production Designer: Nozomu Sato
Sound Mixer: Tomohisa Ikeda
Stylist: Kesami Ono
Hair & Make-up: Megumi Kanamori
VFX: Masahiro Okano
Assistant Director: Ikuo Okusa

Produced by @MOVIE JAPAN inc. in association with Digital Frontier
Presented by Nihon Shuppan Hanbai, Pony Canyon Inc.

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