DVD: Kôji Shiraishi's A SLIT-MOUTHED WOMAN (KUCHISAKE-ONNA)

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From the Variety article "Tartan snaps U.S. rights for 'Slit'": "Tartan Films has bought U.S. rights to the provocatively titled 'The Slit-Mouthed Woman'.... Tartan says it plans to put out the movie directly to video in July in a release that is almost day-and-date with the Japanese DVD bow."

Tornado Film K.K. (K.K. Torunêdo Firumu) released Kôji Shiraishi's A Slit-Mouthed Woman (Kuchisake-onna) theatrically in Japan on March 17th. Twin Co. Ltd. (K.K. Tsuin) is the international sales agent for the movie.

The screenplay for A Slit-Mouthed Woman was written by Shiraishi and Naoyuki Yokota. The movie stars (listed order corresponds to order in theatrical trailer) Eriko Satô, Haruhiko Katô, Chiharu Kawai, Rie Kuwana, Kazuyuki Matsuzawa, Kaori Sakagami, Ryôko Takizawa, Kôichirô Nishi (he isn't credited in the teaser trailer), Yûrei Yanagi, Saaya Irie (a.k.a. Saaya - on the left), and Miki Mizuno.

For more information on A Slit-Mouthed Woman, see ScreenAnarchy's sixth, fifth, fourth, third, second, and first articles on it.

Those who are interested in A Slit-Mouthed Woman may also wish to read this ScreenAnarchy article on Takaaki Hashiguchi's Kuchisake.

A Slit-Mouthed Woman theatrical trailer (downloadable 3.5 MB MOV file)
A Slit-Mouthed Woman teaser trailer (downloadable 2.2 MB MOV file)
A Slit-Mouthed Woman official website
Twin: A Slit-Mouthed Woman

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JasperMarch 23, 2007 8:38 PM

This is quite interesting, because there's another Slit-Mouthed Woman also due out on DVD sometime soon. This one was a 2005 pink film directed by Takuaki Hashiguchi and produced by Shintoho, entitled Kuchisake, rather than Kuchisake Onna - the original pink title for this was Kannobyoto Nureta Akai Kuchibiru, meaning something like Hosptial of the Senses, Wet Red Lips. The 'Slit Mouthed woman' character is from traditional Japanese ghost stories intended to spook out kids - similar to 'Toilet Hanako', a ghost that lived in outhouse toilets, which also seemed to spawn several films centred around the same character at the same time.

The GomorrahizerMarch 23, 2007 9:26 PM

The last sentence of the article above (and of all six of the previous Twitch articles on A Slit-Mouthed Woman) states, "Those who are interested in A Slit-Mouthed Woman may also wish to read this Twitch article on Takaaki Hashiguchi's Kuchisake." The article on Kuchisake linked to, which is from January 26th of last year, begins as follows: "Inter Film Y.K. (Y.K. Intâ Firumu) is scheduled to release Takaaki Hashiguchi's erotic horror (erotikku horâ) Kuchisake on sale DVD (IFD-045; NTSC, region 2, no subtitles) in Japan on March 3rd [of 2006]. The DVD can be purchased on-line from such retailers as CD Japan (Neo Wing K.K. / K.K. Neo Wingu) and Amazon Japan K.K.."

MomoNyoMarch 23, 2007 10:17 PM

This is great news! Though I've tired of japanese horror over the past couple of years, I've always loved the kuchisake onna story and was chuffed to hear there's gonna be a (proper) movie based on it. And now there's gonna be a subbed DVD :D

logboyMarch 23, 2007 11:31 PM

although it's clear tartan are still on an extreme bent to some extent, i did stick this on the latest "subtitle this" list (and i think it was on the previous one too) because although it's certainly low-budget horror from japan, it's something that at least looks very interesting; and i agree with what jon pais said in the forum, don't write off the genre so easily as it's best described as "maligned" and not entirely without possible success.

oh, what i would give (several dollars, tops) to get to see all these films are respond to what they're like before we ask for a license and release of it in america...

still, also happy this makes a relatively quick and simultaneous release to the japanese DVD also - that's a good example to set too. another victory for the gomorrahizer's extensive, accurate coverage, me thinks...

marcoApril 27, 2007 4:58 PM

I watched this movie yesterday (April 26,2007) in Italy during the Far East Festival 9.

I have to say that it's a great japanese horror movie, with a good plot (but the end is..how can i say?..a bit silly),good violence (towards children and not),some good makeup effects (especially the Slit-Mouthed Woman who,in one scene, remebers Ichi the Killer (in the end of the movie when Asano opens his mouth)).

I can't wait to buy it from Tartan!
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