“I think this will cost lives”
If I was feeling charitable & kind I would say that Shirome is a perfect example of the law of diminishing returns. Writer/Director Koji Shiraishi has made three mockumentaries, starting with the incredible Noroi, followed by the average Occult & lastly Shirome, by far the worst of the three. I could have said that but I’m not feeling charitable & Shirome is a lazy piece of filmmaking that is nothing more than a cheap cash in. This is a truly lazy & lame piece of moviemaking that Shiraishi should be ashamed of making.
For his latest mockumentary Shiraishi poses as the maker of a reality TV show where celebrities are taken to a haunted location to research the myths & legends surrounding the location. He persuades the J-Pop teen girl band Momoiro Clover to take part in his latest show. The girls will be taken to an abandoned school where there is a shrine to the demon Shirome. Shirome is said to take the form of a butterfly & will grant wishes to those who are sincere in thier wish & belief in Shirome. Should the wishmaker not be sincere Shirome will destroy the person, either driving them mad or leading them to suicide. Several unexplained deaths have been attributed to the legend of Shirome. The girls are briefed on the legend by a creepy expert in the myth & are then taken to the school accompanied by a monk & a medium. Once at the shrine the girls will perform their latest song & ask Shirome to allow them to appear on national TV to boost their popularity.
I cannot even begin to describe just how disappointed I was with this film. I knew it wasn’t going to come close to the incredible Noroi. I even suspected it wouldn’t be as good as Occult but this was just awful. What we have with Shirome is 80 odd minutes of Japanese teenage girls screaming… constantly! Momoiro Clover are a real teenage girl group (ages between 13 & 16) & Shiraishi pulls every clichéd trick in the book to frighten his young stars. While Shiraishi may have succeeded in terrifying his young stars he fails to even slightly spook his audience. With Noroi, Shiraishi weaved an incredibly creepy & unsettling story which really got under the skin of the audience. Anybody that knows me or has just browsed this site will know just how highly I regard Noroi. It is without a doubt the pinnacle of creepy-assed movies & one that has the power to pull you into the unfolding horror on repeat viewings. Shirome has none of Noroi’s atmosphere & its runtime just kind of passes you by. If it wasn’t for the constant high-pitched screaming & crying you could easily nod off at any point in the movie. Shirome is also sadly predictable, several times during the movie I guessed what was going to happen next & was right each time. The film’s ending is painfully obvious & reeks of a lack of thought & effort. It seems to me that Shiraishi was just going through the motions in the hope of a quick buck, made off of his reputation as Noroi’s creator. There really isn’t a whole lot more I could say about it. The movie is incredibly shallow & linear, leaving little to mull over.
Shirome is sadly just a dull, underdeveloped & ill thought out movie that offers little in the way of atmosphere, scares or originality. You could have more fun spending 80 minutes watching flies fuck. A desperate disappointment of a movie. One to avoid.