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Hideshi Hino's "Theater of Horror"
Who is Hideshi Hino? STORY CREDIT
"Hideshi Hino"- Japan's premiere cult / horror animator Live on the big screen!

Welcome to the depths of hell.
To seas of blood and fire, where tortured souls writhe.
Can you hear their screams?

Welcome to eternal darkness.
To slow, agonizing death by fire, by water.
They're waiting for you...

Who is Hideshi Hino?

Hideshi Hino is the legendary Japanese cult/horror animator whose work has been translated into English and is reaching readers around the globe. But Hideshi Hino is not for the faint of heart. The images on his book covers alone have given young children nightmares. Many screenwriters have been influenced by his work, and several have attempted to adapt them to fil. To date, none have been successful in depicting the pathos and spiritual depravity behind the repulsive images of decomposing bodies, bizarre diseases, deformed children...
Finally, six talented directors have succeeded in capturing Hino's essence and bringing it to the screen.
The first night's roster is comprised of director Yoshihiro Nakamura ("Honogurai mizuno sokokara" (Dark Water) screenplay), Mari Asato ("Ring" Hiroshi Takahashi, screenplay) and Koji Shiraishi ("Hontouni atta! Noroi no Video Series, director). Popular actors from TV and commercials will recreate classic Hino characters such as "Lizard Baby", "Dead Girl Walking", and "The boy from Hell". Three tales of terror as told by three distinctly original directors...
Keep your eyes peeled. If you can...

story

"The Boy from Hell"
Directed by Mari Asato
Cast: Mirai Yamamoto, Kanji Tsuda, Hanae Shoji

A mysterious old woman appears before Setsu, who has recently lost her only child in a tragic accident. She says she can bring Setsu's son, Daio back to life. To her horror, Daio returns to her, half-decomposed, inhuman.
To make him human again, he needs fresh human organs. Setsu does everything she can to reincarnate her son, but Daio just turns into a different kind of monster. No one can stop hi as he continues to feed his hunger, producing victim after victim. Soon, a detective becomes suspicious and pays Setsu a visit...

"Dead Girl Walking"
Directed by Koji Shiraishi
Cast: Ayaka Maeda, Katsumi Nagashio

A mysterious old woman appears before Setsu, who has recently lost her only child in a tragic accident. She says she can bring Setsu's son, Daio back to life. To her horror, Daio returns to her, half-decomposed, inhuman.
To make him human again, he needs fresh human organs. Setsu does everything she can to reincarnate her son, but Daio just turns into a different kind of monster. No one can stop hi as he continues to feed his hunger, producing victim after victim. Soon, a detective becomes suspicious and pays Setsu a visit...

"Lizard Baby"
Directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura
Cast: Kurume Arisaka, Mansaku Ikeuchi

Horror screenwriter, Umeki, has writer's block. He goes with his pregnant wife, Akiko, to a check-up and is struck with an incredible idea - a horror story about a woman who gives birth to a reptile!
Despite his wife's disgust, Umeki goes ahead with the screenplay, which the critics love. But the horrible prophecy fulfills itself, as his wife gives birth to a freak of nature. His baby is born half human, half lizard!
The reptilian baby slithers on the floor, leaving a wet trail of slime behind hi. To his horror, his wife, Akiko, holds it lovingly in her arms. His movie has become a mirror image of his own life as Umeki slips slowly into madness...

" The Ravaged House" `Zoroku's Disease`
Directed by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri
Cast: Marie Kawaguchi, Satoshi Morishita

In a rural village, a kind young man named Zoroku leads an unassuming life. He is adored by his younger sister, Haruko, and all is well... until one day, without warning, Zoroku is ravaged by a bizarre disease that festers his skin and deforms his body. Fearful that the villagers will see Zoroku's grotesque transformation, his parents lock him up in the house. But the village chief's son sees him and soon, Zoroku is ostracized by his community and his sister, Haruko, is viciously assaulted. Unable to watch Haruko suffer any further, Zoroku's parents reluctantly determine to end his misery themselves. Haruko tries to save her brother and they escape from the confines of the house...but to what end?

" Occult Detective Club-The Doll Cemetery"
Directed by Kiyoshi Yamamoto
Cast: Sayaka Hosaka, Kazunori Tani, Hitomi Miwa

In a rural village, a kind young man named Zoroku leads an unassuming life. He is adored by his younger sister, Haruko, and all is well... until one day, without warning, Zoroku is ravaged by a bizarre disease that festers his skin and deforms his body. Fearful that the villagers will see Zoroku's grotesque transformation, his parents lock him up in the house. But the village chief's son sees him and soon, Zoroku is ostracized by his community and his sister, Haruko, is viciously assaulted. Unable to watch Haruko suffer any further, Zoroku's parents reluctantly determine to end his misery themselves. Haruko tries to save her brother and they escape from the confines of the house...but to what end?

" Death Train"
Directed by Kazuyuki Sakamoto
Cast: Narumi Konno, Saya Yuki, Aja

All set to enjoy their day off, three high school friends, Yukino, Asako and Natsu, board a seemingly normal train...when suddenly, a deafening sound and a flash of light envelop them!
But the three arrive at school the next day as if nothing happened. And yet, something is not right...
They see oddly familiar faces, their families are out of sync and they are chased by strange men in black. Plagued by these nightmarish sensations, Yukino flees, only to find herself in front of the amusement park they were heading to on that fateful train ride.
Slumped to the ground, Yukino comes to a strange realization...
They are stuck between nightmare and reality, between the walls of two worlds that are closing in on them. But which world is real...?!

CREDIT

Pony Canyon presents in association with Japan Cablecast,
Common Wealth Entertainment, Pal Entertainment Production
Executive Producer: Tsukasa Ariyoshi, Hirofumi Ogoshi, Masatake Yamada, Wataru Suzuki
Producer: Takashi Horikoshi, Hiroyuki Tanahashi, Katsuhiko Sakamura, Takashi Ohashi
Directed by Mari Asato "The Boy from Hell", Yoshihiro Nakamura "Lizard Baby", Koji Shiraishi "Dead Girl Walking", Kazuyoshi Kumakiri "The Ravaged House`Zoroku's Disease`", Kiyoshi Yamamoto "Occult Detective Club-The Doll Cemetery", Kazuyuki Sakamoto "Death Train"

(C) 2004 "Theater of Horror" Film Partners

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