THE AUTHOR OF THE LEGENDARY HORROR MOVIE “RING” WILL GET A LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FROM HÕFF

Starting next Thursday the 8th Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival will award Hideo Nakata the lifetime achievement award for a remarkable contribution to fantasy cinema. Hideo Nakata can be named the pioneer of Japanese New-Wave horror movie.

Hideo Nakata (b 1961) started his work as a director in the middle of 1990s and made his international breakthrough with the horror movie Ring (Ringu) that premiered in 1998. This was thought to be the revival of the Japanese horror genre (J-horror).
The movie started a boom of making ghost movies all around the world and put Japanese horror on the map. Several sequels were made to the movie and the Hollywood version directed by Gore Verbinski became one of the most successful horror movies of all time.

For now, Nakata has directed 14 full length feature films, among them Dark Water, Kaidan and Chatroom. His most recent work THE COMPLEX premierd this year at the Rotterdam Film Festival and will be screened on the last day at HÕFF on April 28. The lifetime achievement award laureate will give his welcome via video.

Previously, HÕFF has awarded the lifetime achievement award to Shinya Tsukamoto (Japan), Adam Mason (Great Britain), Andrei Iskanov (Russia) and Brian Yuzna (USA/Indonesia).

40 movies from 17 countries are screened at HÕFF. Representing Estonia at the festival is Moonika Siimets’ short movie Is that you? that is competing for the Méliès d’Argent best European short movie award. 

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