Made to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Ju-on series, Black Ghost deals with a series of brutal killings, all linked to a young girl in hospital. As the girl is examined, it becomes apparent that a profound evil is somehow growing inside her.
Produced in tandem with White Ghost to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the successful series of Ju-on movies, Black Ghost revolves around a series of brutal killings, all of which have links to a young girl in hospital.
The Ju-on series was created by writer-director Takashi Shimizu (who returned as supervising producer on the Black Ghost/White Ghost two-shot) and is based around the concept that when a person is killed in an act of anger, it triggers a curse in the location where they died. This curse then subsequently infects those who come into contact with said location, causing further deaths. Despite their deployment of this central idea though, both Black Ghost and White Ghost deliver standalone stories, meaning no previous engagement with the earlier Ju-on movies is necessary to keep up with proceedings in these latter sequels (though the cameo appearances from recurring series character Toshio Saeki will make significantly more sense to those who are familiar with the earlier Ju-on films).
Written and directed by Mari Asato, Ju-on: Black Ghost adopts the fragmented narrative approach seen elsewhere in the series, using non-chronological chapters named after individual characters that form an overall mesh by the movie's denouement, ultimately revealing the full story of the curse. Black Ghost commences with a series of unsettling events; a multiple murder is committed, the killer remaining at large; Tetsuya, in lust with his neighbour Yuko, keeps a close eye and ear on goings-on at the apartment, only to uncover an unpleasant surprise when he finally ventures inside; and Yuko herself, a nurse at the local hospital, is spooked by eerie visions seemingly emanating from a young girl patient, Fukie.
It is Fukie who proves to be the most important character in Black Ghost, her mysterious malady being key to understanding the murderous curse that spreads so much misery throughout the movie. Suffering from fits, Fukie is duly hospitalised, where unexpected test results give notice that there is some kind of cystoma growing inside her. Sensing that a vengeful presence from the past is linked to this cyst, Fukie's mother turns to spiritualist Mariko to try and exorcise the evil within her child, before it can extend its influence any further.