- Directed by Hideo Nakata
- Starring Yûrei Yanagi, Yasuyo Shirashima, Kei Ishibashi, Ren Ohsugi
- Written by Hideo Nakata, Hiroshi Takahashi
Ghost Actress (1996) -- GHOST ACTRESS is set in the vast and decrepit film stages of a rundown studio outside Tokyo and charts the unraveling sanity of a director and his crew when the spirit of a murdered actress from another era comes to possess a random piece of celluloid that is left behind. The old images invade the film stock of the contemporary production and in a few stark frames open a horrifying window on the terrible, haunting deeds of the past.
This film is great at putting ideas into the viewer's subconscious. The whole simple idea of the story is great, by having the characters shoot a film such that the viewer almost feels like they are separated from the characters and in tune with the supernatural. Since you are watching people making a movie investigating another movie, it brings you into the action, as if the same things could happen to you. The blandness of some scenes on the surface is really fun when contrasted against the supernatural events that happen later. An example is a line where the director tells the actress not to look down when saying her lines, when she really shouldn't be looking up later when she encounters the ghost.
One of the most interesting things about this movie is that you wouldn't even think this was a ghost story in some scenes until you realize the context it is in. Definitely this is one of the best ghost detective stories, it has an almost meditative nature and makes the movie more scary. The over the shoulder scenes of the ghost are very scary, partly because the movie often shows people filming from the opposite angle, so you are actually watching them film, scenes in which you could become the ghost. By concentrating on the existence of the ghost, the whole movie becomes more scary.
Ghost Actress DVD is offered as a compact edition. This transfer is manufactured on demand and is presented on premium DVD-R with thermal disc print in a clear plastic wallet. Important: This title has been manufactured from the best-quality video master (rated 9/10) currently available and has not been remastered or restored.