Rika Nishina (Megumi Okina) is a volunteer social assistant assigned to care for an old woman named Sachie (Chikako Isomura). So she goes to Sachie’s family home, and while it looks totally normal, she finds that there’s an eerie presence in the house. She then finds out about a relentless curse that befalls any outsider who steps foot in the place, and ultimately ends with their death.
A group of teens is found dead with their faces frozen in horror. Among them is the niece of reporter Reiko Asakawa (Nanako Matsushima). They say that the unfortunate incident happened because of a supposedly cursed videotape. Reiko decides to investigate. And with the help of her ex-husband Ryuji (Hiroyuki Sanada), she gets the tape. As soon as she watches it, she gets a call saying she only has a week to live. She and Ryuji then set out on a mission to try and break the curse.
“Kwaidan” is an old Japanese word that translates to “ghost story.” And that pretty much sums up what this cinematic anthology is about. This film adapts four different folk tales: a poor samurai who marries for money but whose plan ends in tragedy, a man who gets caught in a blizzard whose second chance at life comes at a cost, a blind musician forced to perform for ghosts, and an author who relates to the story of a samurai who sees another warrior’s reflection in his teacup.
After a college student named Taguchi (Kenji Mizuhashi) commit suicide, young people in Tokyo have been seeing some disturbing things all over the Internet. And some of them have even begun to disappear. Michi (Kumiko Aso), Ryosuke (Haruhiko Katô) and Harue (Koyuki)—all in their own parallel timelines—then try to solve the mystery of how spirits are making their way out into the real world from computer screens.