Kōji Shiraishi

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Kōji Shiraishi
Born (1973-06-01) June 1, 1973 (age 44)
Fukuoka, Japan
Occupation Film director and screenwriter
Years active 1995–present

Kōji Shiraishi (白石 晃士, Shiraishi Kōji, born June 1, 1973) is a Japanese film director, screenwriter, and occasional actor. He is primarily known for directing Japanese horror films, most notably Noroi: The Curse.


Kōji Shiraishi was born and raised in Fukuoka, Japan. After graduating from Kyushu Sangyo University with a degree in film making, he went on to work as an assistant director on such films as Gakuryū Ishii's August in the Water and Shinobu Yaguchi's Waterboys.[1]

He cites Gakuryū Ishii as his favorite Japanese director, and Ishii's 1980 Crazy Thunder Road as his favorite film. Other directors he admires include John Carpenter, Brian De Palma, Abbas Kiarostami, and Sam Raimi, and films he enjoy include the original Dawn of the Dead (1978), The Evil Dead (1981), Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987), The Thing (1982), and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974).[2]



  1. ^ 3rd Shinsedai Cinema Festival 2011: The New Generation Japanese Film Festival Archived 2011-09-29 at the Wayback Machine., "Shirome" (retrieved on September 23, 2011).
  2. ^ 3:AM Magazine, "If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It): An Interview with Koji Shiraishi," by David F. Hoenigman (November 29, 2009 - retrieved on September 23, 2011).

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