Japanese comedians do crazy stuff to get on TV. In 1998, a comic known as Nasubi was deposited naked in an apartment and told he could exit when he had accumulated ¥1 million in sweepstakes prizes. Fifteen months later he accomplished this feat and emerged from isolation, still naked, but a national celebrity.
A similarly bizarre situation befalls the protagonist of “Stigmatized Properties,” billed as the latest shocker from veteran horror master Hideo Nakata, but also a dark comic glimpse into the stranger corners of the entertainment business. Nakata, who is best known for his seminal J-horror “Ring” films, struggles to bring off this oil-and-water combination: The suspension of disbelief required for horror dissipates when the characters return to the cold, cynical daylight of their workaday lives.
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