ShutterShutter, directed by Masayuki Ochiai and written by Luke Dawson, is set for a release on 21 March. The movie stars Joshua Jackson as Benjamin Shaw, Rachael Taylor as Jane Shaw and Megumi Okina as Megumi Tanaka.

Shutter details the life of a newly married couple; Ben and Jane, who move to Japan to take a very promising job opportunity in Tokyo. During their trip, the couple experience a tragic car accident that takes away the life of a local young girl. However, upon regaining consciousness after the accident, the couple finds no trace of the dead girl.

Shaken by the accident, Ben and Jane arrive in Tokyo to start a new life. As Ben adjusts to his new job, he begins to discover strange blurs on all the photos he takes for his job. Later, Jane and Ben discover that the blurs are spirit photography of the girl, they hit on their way to Tokyo, who might be seeking vengeance.

The New York Times reports that the girl’s image begins to trace Ben and Jane in Tokyo, sometimes in window reflections but mostly as a ghostly smudge in Ben’s pictures, that makes this J-horror even more interesting.

The director, Masayuki Ochiai, conjures textbook J-horror miasma: clammy clinical interiors; overcast skies; diffuse cityscapes. He also gives Alfred Hitchcock a nod, with a sequence nakedly stolen from “Psycho,” and draws unease from Jane’s disorientation in a foreign city. Tokyo, in fact, may be the movie’s most fascinating player.

According to, Shutter is not the best or the worst Asian horror film involving an angry female ghost with long black hair and dark eyes.

“Shutter” is not the best or the worst Asian horror film involving an angry female ghost with long dark hair out there right now. Its Thai origins don’t impact the story very much, and its stab at relevancy (the long exposition regarding the history of supposed spirits in photographs) is little more than a mild distraction from the film’s mostly derivative nature. Even so, there are some nice scares, and the film actually features a hero that isn’t squeaky clean. Which, if nothing else, could very well be a first for the genre.

Before the movie is released next week, here is the official trailer.

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April 18, 2008