From the mastermind of director Hideo
Nakata (The Ring), one of Japan’s most influential and prestigious
directors once again lends his talents to the horror movie genre
after an absence of 6-years, Kaiden is pure treat that is a horror
movie set in Feudal Japan.
With that said, the Japanese have a
knack for creating realistically frightening horror movies as ghost
stories are part of their culture and Kaiden truly immerses you into
the culture and spirituality of Japan.
The story begins with Soetsu, a
moneylender who has a fatal altercation with a Samurai and with his
dying words, he utters a nefarious curse against the Samurai and his
family. Fast forward 20 years later to Shinkichi, the son of the
Samurai who was originally cursed by the moneylender and somehow
falls in love with a beautiful woman called Toyoshiga and unbeknown
to our hero, she is the daughter of Soetsu.
From there, the spark of the curse
begins and Shinkichi is soon plagued by ghosts and other strange
occurrences in this classic Japanese ghost story. The cinematography
of Kaiden is brilliant and really draws you into the Feudal world of
Japan, however the direction by Nakata and the performances by the
actors in Kaiden is unparalleled that will keep you glued to the
screen from start to finish and may even require you to sleep with
the lights on.
With perfect video and audio quality,
Kaiden has some interesting features that include the “Making of
Kaiden”, the original theatrical trailers and a stills gallery that
nicely rounds this DVD out. Scary from start to finish but not in a
Hollywood slasher way!