A Play Casts a Sinister Spell on Its Actors In Takashi Miike's Spooky New Film

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Takashi Miike has made nearly 100 films in 25 years. And his maniacal drive is reflected in his work—his films are often edgy to the extreme (just a few examples: Audition, Ichi the Killer, Thirteen Assassins). His latest, Over Your Dead Body, infuses a classic Japanese story with his signature flair.

Here’s the official synopsis:

A beautiful actress (Kô Shibasaki of 47 Ronin and Battle Royale) plays the protagonist in a new play based on a legendary ghost story. She pulls some strings to get her lover cast in the play, although he’s a relatively unknown actor. With the cast in place, rehearsals for the play, about an abusive relationship and a grudge, begin. But off stage, some begin to develop their own obsessions. Trapped between the play and reality, they are horrified to find that a real grudge can cross the blurred line between reality and fantasy. Will love flourish? Or has it already turned hideously dark?


We vote for “hideously dark,” especially after seeing this freaky trailer:

Over Your Dead Body will be available January 5, 2016 On Demand and on the Shout Factory website.