Trailer: Takashi Miike Returns to Horror with “OVER YOUR DEAD BODY” and “YAKUZA APOCALYPSE”News Samuel Zimmerman
While the U.S. is yet to see his apparently harrowing school-set psychothriller LESSON OF THE EVIL, prolific Japanese madman Takashi Miike has otherwise been seemingly uninterested in the realms of more hardened horror in recent years. Thankfully, for audiences blown away by his transgressive work in the likes of ICHI THE KILLER, AUDITION, THREE… EXTREMES and VISITOR Q, the filmmaker’s next two features are directly up our alley.
This week, Twitch has revealed the first image and trailer for both YAKUZA APOCALYPSE: THE GREAT WAR OF THE UNDERWORLD and OVER YOUR DEAD BODY, respectively. In the latter, which is heralded by a blood-soaked, eerie clip, Miike stages an apparently loose adaptation of a classic Japanese ghost story, “Yotsuya Kaidan.” The synopsis reads: “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.”
Meanwhile, YAKUZA APOCALYPSE (pictured above) stars Yayan Ruhian (THE RAID, THE RAID 2) and blends the Yakuza film with vampires. Here’s the official plot: “Akira (Hayato Ichihara) admires Genyo Kamiura who is the most powerful yakuza. Genyo Kamiura has been targeted numerous times, but has never died. He is called the invincible person. Because of Genyo Kamiura, Akira enters the world of the yakuza. His yakuza colleagues treats him like an idiot, Akira can’t even get tattoos because of his sensitive skin. Akira becomes disappointed in the yakuza world, because it’s not like what he say in the movies. Especially, in terms of loyalty and charity depicted of the yakuza. An assassin is then sent to take out Genyo Kamiura. The killers know that Genyo Kamiura is a vampire.”
YAKUZA APOCALYPSE is expected in 2015. Hopefully OVER YOUR DEAD BODY will hit festivals, soon. [Twitch]