As per usual, Takashi Miike is releasing a handful of movies this year. We recently caught The Mole Song – Undercover Agent Reiji at the Fantasia Film Festival, and now the prolific filmmaker has another new release for us to see.
Originally produced in 1825 as a kabuki play, Yotsuya Kaidan is arguably the most famous Japanese ghost story of all time, and has been adapted for film over 30 times since. It continues to be a major influence on Japanese horror and now Miike is taking a shot in telling the tale of betrayal, murder and ghostly revenge.
Over Your Dead Body will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival, making its International Premiere in the Vanguard Section. Judging by the brief trailer, Miike, a veteran theatre director, mounts the action on a number of dazzlingly elaborate sets. Here’s the synopsis:
A star, Miyuki Goto (Ko Shibasaki) plays Oiwa, the protagonist in a new play based on the ghost story Yotsuya Kaidan. She pulls some strings to get her lover, Kosuke Hasegawa (Ebizo Ichikawa) cast in the play, even though he’s a relatively unknown actor. Other performers Rio Asahina (Miho Nakanishi) and Jun Suzuki (Hideaki Ito) lust after Miyuki. Off stage the cast’s possessive love and obsessions exist as reality. Trapped between the play and reality, the cast’s feelings for each other are amplified. When it becomes clear that love is not meant to be both on and off stage, love turns into a grudge and crosses the blurred line between reality and fantasy.