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The J Horror Virus

Run Time: 95 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 2023 Language: Japanese with English subtitles

Starring: Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Rie Ino’o, Takashi Shimizu

North American premiere

More than two decades ago, a group of Japanese directors including Hideo Nakata, Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Takashi Shimizu ushered in a new wave of horror cinema that completely changed the game. Tapping into visceral and subliminal fears inspired by the on-set of a rapid global technological takeover, these are the films that most clearly captured the anxieties of Y2K and created a new scare language that still permeates the genre today. Presented as part of BHFF’s celebration of Japanese horror, Fear in Focus: Japan. —Joseph Hernandez