Hideo Nakata, the Japanese horror director, has said he’d like to take his career on a lighter detour
Would it be possible to watch a rom-com by Hideo Nakata without nervously checking the background every time a character looks in a mirror?
It seems that Nakata, the man who is largely responsible for the J-horror phenomenon, has said he quite fancies making a career detour.
The director is best known for the Ring franchise, which spawned a trend of Hollywood remakes of Japanese horror films, and has largely stuck to the horror genre throughout his career.
But Nakata has revealed that he is harbouring a desire to indulge his cheerier side with a spot of upbeat comedy.
"I want to do something like 'The Intern' (starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway)," he laughed, in an interview with AFP.
He won’t, however, be giving up trying to scare his audiences any time soon. His newest film, Ghost Theatre, is a remake of his own 1996 film Don’t Look Up, and opens next week at the Tokyo International Film Festival.
"Traditionally in J-horror, a ghost - something which isn't supposed to exist - appears faintly as an apparition behind you, often out of focus,” he said.
"Like Sadako in [the film] Ring: when the TV gets turned off, you see her reflection on the blank screen but when you turn around she's not there."
In his latest offering, the object of fear is a life-size doll being used as a prop in a theatre.
"The late Wes Craven once told me: ‘don't do more than two horror movies’," he added. "But I guess it's my destiny.”