Featured image: Akaya Miyoshi in Howling Village. (Courtesy of Fons PR.)
On this episode of The Filmcraziest Show, I was able to join in on a press day to chat with Japanese filmmaker Takashi Shimizu for his new film Howling Village, which he co-wrote and directed. Shimizu is best known for bringing the universe of Ju-on: The Grudge to life, creating the original Japanese horror films, and then directing their American remakes in The Grudge and The Grudge 2.
In Howling Village, a young psychologist (Akaya Miyoshi) searches for her missing brother at a haunted and cursed location known as “Howling Village,” where she starts to uncover information about her family history. This creates an intriguing mystery, and a film that sports some exciting horror sequences. One such sequence is a phone booth scene, which is one of the things I ask Takashi about. We also talked about what other genres of horror Takashi would like to explore, and some nursery rhymes heard in the film.
Thanks to Ian MacDougall for translating for us so we could have this conversation. Howling Village is now playing in select theatres, and is also available to rent or buy wherever you get your films, with a list for some options here.
You can find my conversation with Takashi directly above in YouTube form (though it’s audio only anyway), or listen to it directly below or go here to download it. [Podcast music courtesy of bensound.com.]