ghost master

Japan | 2019 | 88 minutes | Director: Paul Young

The shooting of a low-budget adolescent romantic drama has started in a ruined school, aiming to make a quick profit. Akira Kurosawa, an untalented assistant director (unlike his prestigious namesake) is having a hard time on set. His only reason for continuing is his script of “Ghostmaster” that he carries with him, hoping that it will get produced as his directorial debut film. Sadly however, Kurosawa finds out there is no chance that his project will ever see the light. He goes into a depressed rage that transfers evil energy into the script of “Ghostmaster”, which in turn possesses self-obsessed Yuya, the main actress of the romantic drama. Following the cursed “Ghostmaster” script, which has now been rewritten as a cruel and bloody romantic horror film, Yuya starts a blood bath by killing all the cast and crew one by one… 

Ghostmaster is a true love letter to genre cinema packed with references to its great classics (Evil Dead, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and so forth). The script is courtesy of Ichiro Kusuno (Tokyo Ghoul) and among its romantically gory victims are Takahiro Miura (Shin Godzilla) and Riko Narumi (Yakuza Apocalypse)!

Paul Young has an American father and a Japanese mother. His graduation film at the Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School, Sheep in the Night (2010), was screened at Nippon Connection in Japan and Japan-Filmfest in Germany. He is quoted by the Raindance festival as one of the “37 Japanese Independent Film Directors You Must Check Out”.