It's about time for another dose of Miike Takashi madness! Japan's bad-boy helmer returns with Over Your Dead Body
), a theatrical twist on Tsuruya Nanboku IV's Yotsuya Kaidan
, a now legendary Japanese ghost tale that blends murder, betrayal, and revenge in a most ghastly manner. Originally a triumphant kabuki play, Yotsuya Kaidan
has had (there are over 30 film adaptations) and still has an enormous influence on Japanese horror genre.
On the border between reality and fiction, Over Your Dead Body
revolves around a pair of actors-sweethearts (Shibasaki Kou and Ichikawa Ebizo) playing main parts in the aforementioned famed stage play. Soon their love is going to be violently tested and, as the moody and bizarre teaser trailer suggests, things are about to turn ugly and deadly. Here's the film's synopsis (via Eigapedia
An actor named Kosuke plays the role of Iemon in a stage version of Yotsuya Kaiden and his new lover Miyuki plays Oiwa. However, as they delve deeper into their respective performances, the line between fantasy and reality becomes obscured until the murderous, vengeful themes of the play bleed into their own relationship.
Over Your Dead Body is set to premiere in Japan on August 23. Check out the teaser below!
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