TIFF ’14: New Trailer, Images From Takashi Miike’s “OVER YOUR DEAD BODY”News Samuel Zimmerman
With the official announcement of the Toronto International Film Festival’s Midnight Madness and Vanguard lineups, we can expect a deluge of images and trailers for highly anticipated films and hopeful genre discoveries as the rest of the summer plays out. Today: Takashi Miike’s return to horror, OVER YOUR DEAD BODY.
Playing as part of Midnight Madness, OVER YOUR DEAD BODY sees Miike staging a loose adaptation of a classic Japanese ghost story “Yotsuya Kaidan.” TIFF describes: “A theatre troupe rehearsing a classic play of murder, betrayal and phantasmagorical vengeance find life bloodily imitating art backstage, in this wild cinematic detour from madly prolific Japanese auteur Takashi Miike.”
A second synopsis elaborates:
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.
For more on the film and its International Premiere, visit its home at TIFF. Find the latest trailer and a gallery of images, below.