Ghost Stories

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  • TV-MA
  • 1997
  • 2 Seasons
  • 8.0  (2,665)

Ghost Stories is a Japanese drama television series that aired on Fuji TV from October 8, 2000, to March 18, 2001. The show consists of 20 episodes, each focusing on a different ghost story. The stories are based on real-life experiences and are intended to be both educational and entertaining. The show is aimed at a teenage audience and deals with themes such as friendship, love, and the supernatural.

The main character of the show is a high school student named Satsuki Miyanoshita, who along with her friends Momoko, Hajime, and Leo, investigates supernatural occurrences in their hometown. Satsuki's mother is the head of the Paranormal Phenomena Research Society and Satsuki has inherited her mother's psychic abilities. The group is also joined by a talking cat named Kaya, who has the power to see ghosts.

Each episode of the show features a different ghost story, ranging from vengeful spirits to haunted houses. The group often encounters ghosts that are tied to tragic events from the past, such as murder or suicide. In each episode, Satsuki and her friends work to unravel the mystery of the ghost and find a way to put it to rest.

One of the unique features of Ghost Stories is its use of educational segments at the end of each episode. These segments, known as "The Truth Behind the Ghosts," delve into the history and cultural significance of the ghosts featured in the episode. These segments aim to provide a deeper understanding of Japanese folklore and mythology for the show's teenage audience.

The show's production values are impressive, with each episode featuring high-quality special effects and makeup to create realistic and terrifying ghosts. The show also boasts a talented cast of young actors who bring depth and emotion to their roles.

Ghost Stories was well-received by Japanese audiences during its initial run and has since gained a cult following both in Japan and internationally. The show has been praised for its effective use of horror, its exploration of Japanese folklore, and its ability to convey themes of friendship and love amidst the supernatural.

While Ghost Stories was only on the air for one short season, it has left a lasting impact on Japanese television and pop culture. Its unique combination of horror and education has influenced many later shows and films, and its memorable characters and terrifying ghosts continue to captivate audiences today.

In conclusion, Ghost Stories is a Japanese drama television series that aired on Fuji TV from 2000-2001. Each episode of the show focuses on a different ghost story, with the main characters investigating supernatural occurrences in their hometown. The show is aimed at a teenage audience and features educational segments at the end of each episode to provide a deeper understanding of Japanese folklore and mythology. The show's production values are impressive, with high-quality special effects and makeup to create terrifying ghosts. Ghost Stories has gained a cult following both in Japan and internationally and has left a lasting impact on Japanese television and pop culture.

Ghost Stories is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (49 episodes). The series first aired on October 20, 1997.

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Going Down
22. Going Down
May 25, 1998
The experience of having been trapped in a collapsed building has left Kate Bradshaw claustrophobic and mute. Now, as she's held hostage in an elevator by a disgruntled security guard, Kate finds herself confronting her worst fear. As she re-lives the terrible disaster from her past - the smoke, the debris, the screams of the dying - she pleads for release from the desperate guard. But strangely enough, a transference begins to take place - as Kate gathers her strength, the ghosts of her ordeal start haunting the guard. In the end, Kate triumphs over her fears as well as her captor--the guard winds up a hopeless claustrophobic in a jail cell, while Kate's ability to speak is restored.
Cabin Fever
21. Cabin Fever
May 18, 1998
Art Jones, who has faked his death in a mountain blizzard and killed his climbing guide in the process, hides out on a steamy tropical island, awaiting a hefty insurance settlement. After eight months in isolation, Art is now being tormented by the ghost of the climbing guide, who during a blistering heat wave turns Art's shack into a freezing cage of guilt.
Parting Shot
20. Parting Shot
June 1, 1998
Having missed the perfect photo of a celebrity she's hounded for years, a paparazza seeks the ultimate shot - of the now dead celebrity lying in state at a funeral home. But after finally getting the picture, she finds that the ghost of the celebrity starts to relentlessly hound her.
19. Erased
May 25, 1998
Locked in a stale marriage with her lackluster husband, a youth-obsessed woman starts to suspect that he is creating a young woman to replace her. As she starts to disappear, she learns too late that the woman is actually the younger version of herself - the one her husband fell in love with many years ago.
18. Denial
June 1, 1998
After his wife's murderer is finally sentenced, a man starts to see visions of the crime, revealing a horrible truth that he's managed to hide from himself.
Winner Takes All
17. Winner Takes All
May 11, 1998
A ruthless CEO gathers three of his executives for a most unusual poker game - the stakes of which prove more than anyone bargained for.
From the Ashes
16. From the Ashes
March 2, 1998
An Asian man, a refugee from his homeland's murderous regime, is haunted by a trio of death squad enforcers - all of whom were executed years ago.
It's Only A Movie
15. It's Only A Movie
February 23, 1998
Joey Howell, jaded horror film fan and video store clerk extraordinaire, wins a fantastic prize from his favorite "B" horror film star, Mindy McCobb - the role of an extra in her newest film. But when he arrives on the set, Joey finds that things are not as they seem. The movie is being played out for real - and he's to be the star victim.
14. Consumers
February 23, 1998
A young guy gets a job working the night shift at a supermarket frequented by the neighborhood elderly. Much to his horror, he discovers that they aren't shopping for denture cream and hearing aid batteries - but for young bodies to take over and inhabit.
13. Inheritance
May 4, 1998
An African-American couple are terrorized in their new home by the ghost of a racist man. In the end, we discover the ghost's true motive - unable to rest in peace, he's been seeking forgiveness from his sins.
At Death's Door
12. At Death's Door
February 16, 1998
At the end of the Civil War, a grieving woman, whose husband is missing in action, awaits a doctor to care for her ill son. To make matters worse, the boy has had visions of the Angel of Death coming to their door, and when a mysterious soldier appears seeking shelter, the woman's fears begin to mount. In the end, it turns out to be a case of mistaken identity - the doctor himself is the Angel of Death, who has come to take the woman, not her son.
11. Heartsick
February 9, 1998
The recipient of a heart transplant finds herself attracted to a stranger she sees on a train. Turns out she's being controlled by the ghost of the donor - the erstwhile lover of the man on the train.
The State of Grace
10. The State of Grace
February 2, 1998
A lonely hospital orderly falls in love with a beautiful woman who just happens to be comatose. A la Sleeping Beauty she is reawakened by his feelings for her - yet only he alone can see her in a wakened state.
The Scream House
9. The Scream House
March 2, 1998
A man drags his wife back to the idealized neighborhood of his youth, but a trip to the old boardwalk fun house provides a terrifying glimpse into a past best forgotten.
Bless me Father
8. Bless me Father
May 18, 1998
A young disillusioned priest is sent to take over a dying parish, but finds his presence is resented by the older priest. The young priest soon finds himself haunted by the ghost of a girl he left behind to join the clergy.
The House That Spilled Tears
7. The House That Spilled Tears
May 11, 1998
A slumlord, condemned to house arrest in her own decrepit property, is haunted by the specters of tenants who suffered and died in the building.
6. Underground
February 16, 1998
An attendant, working in a subterranean garage, finds himself trapped in a nightmarish underworld.
Mirror, Mirror
5. Mirror, Mirror
May 4, 1998
A haggish old dowager is murdered by her put-upon niece and young boyfriend, only to return to haunt them in mirrors.
The New Nanny
4. The New Nanny
February 9, 1998
A nanny spends a terrifying first night with her strange new charge.
I Heard You Call My Name
3. I Heard You Call My Name
June 8, 1998
After her young son drowns during a beach field trip, a school teacher is haunted, convinced her ghostly son wants to take her with him. But when she saves the life of another boy, she realizes her own son was trying to set her free from her guilt.
Resting Place
2. Resting Place
April 27, 1998
A grieving father refuses to accept the loss of his son, presumed dead from the bombing of a clinic in Africa. When the son miraculously returns home, his mother slowly begins to suspect the truth - his father's undying love has resurrected the living dead.
The Stainless Blade
1. The Stainless Blade
January 26, 1998
A young magician and his ambitious wife are invited to the home of a retired grand master. Hoping to discover the secret of the master magician's famed sword-skewering act, the couple get more than they bargained for.
Where to Watch Ghost Stories
Ghost Stories is available for streaming on the Fuji TV website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Ghost Stories on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon and Plex.
  • Premiere Date
    October 20, 1997
  • IMDB Rating
    8.0  (2,665)