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Even film directors need a break from the routine, don’t they? Especially Takashi Shimizu, who has spent much of this decade making seven installments of his hit “Grudge (Ju-on)” J-Horror franchise, including two films for Hollywood, about vengeful ghosts who move from victim to victim like viruses.

Apparently feeling the sillies after giving millions the willies, Shimizu teamed up with fellow director Keisuke Toyoshima (“Kaidan Shinmimibukuro”) to make a pair of short films on the theme of ghosts vs. space aliens. Screened at Cinema Shimokitazawa in 2003, the films packed the theater and generated a series that was collected on two DVDs in 2007.

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