It's been announced on Friday that Miike Takashi's next project will be a live-action adaptation of a popular manga Kamisama no Iutoori (神さまの言うとおり). Though most western readers might not be familiar with the title, this horror-survival series is widely regarded as a big hit in Japan. Kamisama no Iutoori's huge success recently lead to a wave of speculations about an upcoming film adaptation. Quick glimpse at the synopsis makes it brutally clear that Miike is the perfect man for the job:
Takahata Shun's day at high school begins just as normal and boring as ever, but it doesn't end that way. After his teacher's head explodes, he and his classmates find themselves forced to play children's games, such as Daruma ga Koronda (a game like Red Light/Green Light), with deadly stakes. With no idea who is behind this mysterious deadly game session, and no way of knowing when it will finally end, the only thing Shun and other students can do is keep trying to win...
Script will be written by Yatsu Hiroyuki. The film will star Fukushi Sota (Library Wars), Yamazaki Hirona (Lesson of the Evil) and Kamiki Ryunosuke (Summer Wars). Filming is scheduled for June 2014 and the official release for Fall 2014.
Prolific director Miike's latest, The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji had its world premiere in Rome this month, and he has still two more films to finish (Dare ni mo agenai: Shin Yotsuya kaidan and The Outsider). We all know that he's capable of delivering at least one highly entertaining flick in a year, and given the subject of this project and Miike's previous experience with high school bloodbath it's sure going to be one hell of a ride.
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