School Ghost Stories

  (Redirected from Gakkō no Kaidan (film))

School Ghost Stories (学校の怪談, Gakkō no Kaidan) is a 1995 Japanese film directed by Hideyuki Hirayama.[1] The film is the first of the School Ghost Stories features, and was followed by School Ghost Stories 2 in 1996.

School Ghost Stories
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Japanese film poster
Japanese学校の怪談
HepburnGakkō no Kaidan
Directed byHideyuki Hirayama
Screenplay bySatoko Okudera[1]
Story byToru Tsunemitsu[1]
Starring
  • Kasumi Toyama
  • Shiori Yonezawa
  • Hajime Atsuta
  • Junichiro Tsukada
  • Shohei Machida
CinematographyKozo Shibazaki[1]
Edited byAkimasa Kawashima[1]
Production
companies
  • Toho
  • Sun Dance Company[1]
Distributed byToho
Release date
  • July 8, 1995 (1995-07-08) (Japan)
Running time
100 minutes
CountryJapan
Box office$14.5 million

PlotEdit

In an elementary school, a girl named Mika disappears mysteriously after following the sound of laughter into the bathroom. She was known to have 2 golden rings that "disapeard" from her tray. The rumors of the school being haunted, strange things happening around 4:44 AM and the disappearance of children soon emerge, but Mika's older sister and her friends decide to go after Mika despite this. They soon find out that all the rumors are true, and now they not only have to find the girl, but also save themselves from the malevolent ghosts that haunt the school building.

BackgroundEdit

In the mid-1980s, a schoolteacher named Toru Tsunemitsu began to share ghost stories with his young students.[2] Tsunemitsu originally began his focus on ghost stories around town, but found an unusually large amount of them centered on school.[2] He began to narrow his focus to school-based ghost stories, and asked his students for them, which led to his receiving over 160 stories in two weeks.[2]

In 1990, the first volume of these stories by Tsunemitsu was released under the title Gakkō no Kaidan.[2] The stories were aimed at children and published by Kodansha and became very popular in Japan.[2] The stories were later adapted into television where they were bought by Kansai Television who televised a six episode miniseries in 1994.[2] In 1995, a film adaptation was made.[2]

ReleaseEdit

School Ghost Stories was released in Japan on July 8, 1995 where it was distributed by Toho.[1] The film is the first of the School Ghost Stories features, and was followed by School Ghost Stories 2 in 1996.[1] School Ghost Stories grossed at total of $14.5 million in Japan.[3]

ReceptionEdit

David Kalat, author of J-Horror: The Definitive Guide to The Ring, The Grudge and Beyond (2007), described the series as being "packed with two scoops of wild, surrealistic visions, but no real sense of menace. A threadbare and uninteresting plot holds together 100-some minutes' worth of weird but mostly non-threatening spooks."[3]

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Galbraith IV 2008, p. 390.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Kalat 2007, p. 55.
  3. ^ a b Kalat 2007, p. 56.

ReferencesEdit

  • Galbraith IV, Stuart (2008). The Toho Studios Story: A History and Complete Filmography. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 1461673747.
  • Kalat, David (2007). J-Horror: The Definitive Guide to The Ring, The Grudge and Beyond. Vertical Inc. ISBN 978-1-932234-08-4.

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