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‘Ranmaru’ Adaptation, Shimizu Shocker Head Shochiku Tokyo Slate

26 October 2016 3:22 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tokyo — Major Japanese studio, Shochiku has unveiled a line-up that includes six new titles destined for wide release this year and next.

They were announced at Tiffcom, the sales market that accompanies the Tokyo Film Festival.

Among the hottest in Japan is “Ranmaru: The Man With the God Tongue.” Based on a popular series broadcast on the TBS network July-Sept. this year, this mystery/comedy is about a shy guy (Osamu Mukai) with an unusual talent: He can solve crimes just by licking the ‘evidence’ with his tongue. The film will open on Dec. 3, at the start of the peak holiday season.

Further down the line is “Kodomo Tsukai,” a new shocker by horrormeister Takashi Shimizu, best known for the “Grudge” series. Children start disappearing in a village and when they return the adults who encounter them die three days later. As is often the case in J-Horror, the cause »

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