Japanese Horror Film: “The Forbidden Play” (2023)

Japanese Horror Film: "The Forbidden Play" (2023)

Based on Karma Shimizu’s novel “Kinjirareta Asobi,” and directed by Hideo Nakata (known for the iconic “Ring”), the Japanese horror film “The Forbidden Play” (禁じられた遊び) unveils a chilling tale.

The story follows young Haruto, grieving the loss of his beloved mother Miyuki, as he takes matters into his own hands in a desperate attempt to bring her back. In a heart-wrenching ritual, he buries one of her fingers in their cherished backyard, believing it holds the key to resurrection. Every day, as Haruto’s incantations resound, a sinister entity lurking beneath the earth stirs, unleashing a terrifying chain of events.

The grieving father and husband Naoto struggles with the possibility that his son’s efforts may have been in vain. He has no idea that this unlawful ceremony will have far more dangerous repercussions than he could have ever anticipated. Miyuki’s restless spirit emerges, seeking vengeance for a broken vow that poses a long-term threat to their family and threatens to tear them apart.

For fans of the genre, “The Forbidden Play” promises to be a landmark in contemporary horror filmmaking, providing a thrilling and unique experience. Stay tuned for its release, and be prepared to witness a tale of love, loss, and the supernatural like never before.

Director: Hideo Nakata
Writer: Noriaki Sugihara
Cast: Daiki Shigeoka (Johnny’s WEST), Kanna Hashimoto, Mayu Hotta and Yuki Kura
Genre: Horror
Language(s): Japanese with English subtitles
Release Date: November 17, 2023

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