Prolific Japanese filmmaker Sion Sono has released multiple feature films in each calendar year for a number of years, and 2015 is poised to be no different, as Sono is slated to release six films during the years. With trailers for his Shinjuku Swan and Love & Peace already having been released, another feature of Sono’s now has a trailer.
Titled Tag, aka Riaru Oniggoko, Sono adapts the screenplay from the novel by Yûsuke Yamada, which also bears the same title, and takes on directing duties as well, working with a cast that includes Reina Triendl, Mariko Shinoda, and Erina Mano. The plot synopsis is as follow.
A bus full of high school girls are on their way to a school trip. A sudden gust of wind slices the bus in half, length-wise killing 40 girls in the blink of an eye, except Mitsuko our protagonist, who ducked just in time. The Wind, however, turns back around to Mitsuko. She runs for her life…and incomprehensibly finds herself walking to school with her classmates. Mitsuko and her classmates, Aki, Yuki and Sur(short for Surreal) chat like they’ve done hundreds of times. Was the tragic deaths of 40 high school girls a nightmare? The next moment, a schoolteacher with a machine gun opens fire, leaving piles of dead girls. Mitsuko runs again. Now she finds herself in a peaceful street lined with shops. “What’s wrong, Keiko? Today’s your wedding!” says her old friend. Mitsuko is now Keiko, a 25-year-old woman. Before she can resist, Keiko is dressed in a wedding gown. A pig in a tuxedo holding a knife, chases her. What is this irrational world? One of the women tells Keiko, “As long as you’re around, everyone will be killed!” Keiko is now Izumi. Is this a nightmare? Or is it some kind of game? The answer lies at the very ending.
The movie is poised to be released in Japan on July 11th. The trailer can be seen below.