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Cult legend Takashi Miike (13 Assassins, Audition) brings us one of his most audacious films to date, Lesson of Evil. A dark thriller mixing incredibly black comedy about a school teacher on the rampage. Out September 29th on DVD & Blu-ray, you can support future releases from Third Window Films by pre-ordering from their Amazon Store at the link below. The DVD and Blu-ray release include a two hour long 'Making Of' and the new UK Trailer. Synopsis: Cool and charismatic English teacher Seiji Hasumi (Hideaki Ito) is popular with students and teachers alike. He inspires trust and respect from his class, greeting many with an affectionate, if irritating, ruffle of the hair. But his actions soon take a turn, revealing something dark behind that charming smile. Students become suspicious when friends slowly start to disappear, but little do they know that absolute jaw-dropping carnage is just around the corner. Pre-order at »
Exclusive: Ahead of next month’s Toronto International Film Festival, La-based Xyz Films has pacted with Nikkatsu to handle North America sales on two of the Japanese distributor’s anticipated genre titles. Tokyo Tribe, the latest from helmer Sion Sono (Love Exposure, Cold Fish, Why Don’t You Play In Hell?), is adapted from Santa Inoue’s manga about futuristic gang wars waged between thugs who battle through violence and rap. The film is written and directed by Sono and is set to open Tiff’s Midnight Madness program next month. Producers are Yoshinori Chiba, Kinya Oguchi and Nobuhiro Iizuka.
Xyz’s also repping North America on action-thriller Yakuza Apocalypse from Takashi Miike (Audition, Ichi The Killer, 13 Assassins). The gangster pic/horror mash-up stars Yayan Ruhian of Xyz-produced The Raid and The Raid 2 alongside Hayato Ichihara in the story of a young yakuza who discovers his seemingly invincible boss is a vampire. »
- Jen Yamato
Here we are at what is a surprisingly modern list. At the beginning of this, I didn’t expect to see so much cultural impact coming from films so recently made, but that’s the way it goes. The films that define the horror genre aren’t necessarily the scariest or the most expensive or even the best. The films that define the genre point to a movement – movies that changed the game and influenced all the films after it. Movies that transcend the horror genre. Movies that broke the mold and changed the way horror can be created.
10. El laberinto del fauno (2006)
English Language Title: Pan’s Labyrinth
Directed by: Gullermo del Toro
It’s more a dark fantasy film than a horror film, but it would be tough to make a list of 50 of those. Plus, it has enough graphic, nightmarish images to push it over the threshold. »
- Joshua Gaul
I've got some good news for all you Attack on Titan fans out there! Last week director Shinji Higuchi announced that the live-action adaptation he's working on will be split into two feature films! He also revealed that with the help of manga creator Hajime Isayama, they will introduce some new characters and new, more dangerous villains. As a fan of the franchise, I'm completely okay with new characters being added to the story. I'm sure the movie will end up being just as badass as the anime.
23 year-old actor Haruma Miura was previously announced as the film’s star, and he is taking on role of Eren Jaeger. We now have a list of actors who will be Joining Miura in Attack on Titan, and they consist of Hiroki Hasegawa (Jellyfish Princess), Kiko Mizuhara (Norwegian Wood), Kanata Hongō (Prince of Tennis), Takahiro Miura (Space Battleship Yamato), Nanami Sakuraba (Twin »
- Joey Paur
Trevor Hogg chats with Colin Geddes about turning a passion into a dream job…
“I grew up in rural Ontario back in the day when there were no cable TV stations and no such thing as VCRs so I didn’t have a lot of exposure to films but my parents made sure that we saw good and fun films,” recalls Tiff International Programmer Colin Geddes. “I would see The Wizard of Oz  on TV as a kid, my parents took me to the drive-in on a regular basis, and I saw Star Wars  when it came out when I was six years old. My parents nurtured me into fun genre films. They knew as a kid that I liked science fiction and horror films so they made sure that I got to see those but more importantly every time we would see a film we would talk about it. »
- Trevor Hogg
Audition is one crazy Japanese film. If you haven't seen it yet, it's a you need to experience to believe. It's based on the 1997 novel by Ryu Murakami, and the story follows "a lonely widower who gets more than he bargains for when he puts out a fake casting call to find a new girlfriend." The events that follow are unbelievably insane!
The original film was directed by Takashi Miike, and it has gained quite a large cult following since its release in 1999. The new film will be directed by Richard Gray, and Deadline gives some details on the story saying that the "unlucky protagonist is Sam Davis, who lives alone with his son following the death of his wife seven years prior and is convinced by a filmmaker friend to stage the fake auditions. The former ballerina with a mysterious past he falls for is now named Evie Lawrence, »
- Joey Paur
Cinema has few experiences like watching Audition without knowing what's coming. Personally, I used to import region 3 DVDs back when it was incredibly economical to do so, and popped Audition into my DVD player with no idea what was around the corner. A stiff drink was required by the end of it.
Audition was put together by Takashi Miike, but it's now been revealed that one time Carolco supremo Mario Kassar - who produced the likes of Rambo III, Basic Instinct and Terminator 2 - is putting together an English language remake of the film.
At this stage, it's traditional in a news story to describe the film itself a little. »
This was inevitable. The premise of "Audition" is irresistible as a horror movie set-up. It's not only clever, it also does a tremendous job of commenting on just how casual the misogyny is in many horror films, from concept to execution to the marketing. "Audition," at least in the original Miike film, is about setting those scales right, delivering some magnificent horror to those who have earned it. I haven't read the Ryu Murakami novel that inspired the film that Takashi Miike made but I've seen that film theatrically three times, and all three times, it was amazing to watch the crowd while they watched the movie. It messed with them on a chemical level. If you haven't seen the film, it's about a guy who hasn't dated since his wife dies, and he ends up letting a friend, a film producer, put together a fake audition in which young »
- Drew McWeeny
Beloved horror cult gem Audition will be getting an English-language remake. Takashi Miike’s 1999 film–which doubled as a public service announcement about the potential dangers of piano wire–was based on a 1997 novel by Japanese author Ryu Murakami.
The new film will transplant the story to an American setting. It’s being produced by Mario Kassar, the iconic ’80s-era producer of films like Terminator and Rambo. It will be written and directed by Richard Gray, the Australian director who’s currently wrapping up Jason Momoa’s Sugar Mountain. Update: A rep for Gray confirmed his participating to EW, and »
- Darren Franich
Miike’s film, based on a novel by Ryu Murakami, is about a man who puts out a casting call for a new girlfriend and finds the woman he selects is not all she appears. This adaptation falls into that nebulous territory of not strictly being a remake of the Japanese film but a new adaptation of Murakami’s story with an American setting.
And this of course is hardly the first cult horror film to fall under Hollywood’s purview. Last year the Spike Lee directed Oldboy, a remake of a South Korean film with just as many cringe-worthy moments, »
- Brian Welk
After the universal praise from critics and audiences of last year’s Oldboy, it was only a matter of time before someone attempted to remake Audition. Late Friday afternoon, Deadline reported that Ryu Murakami’s novel, made infamous by Takashi Miike’s 1999 film, would indeed be getting a Hollywood adaptation.
In this version, to be directed by Richard Gray (The Lookalike), Audition‘s unlucky protagonist is Sam Davis, who lives alone with his son following the death of his wife seven years prior and is convinced by a filmmaker friend to stage the fake auditions. The former ballerina with a mysterious past he falls for is now named Evie Lawrence, but otherwise details fall closely in line with Murakami’s best-seller.
Gray adapted the script and will tackle a fall shoot for Audition
- Chris Connors
Mark Ruffalo (Avengers: Age of Ultron) recently mentioned that Marvel was still considering a new standalone Hulk movie, but when asked about the chance that movie be based on the "Planet Hulk" comic Ruffalo didn't seem to think that was the best option. "'Planet Hulkc' I don't think that's the way to go yet," he said. "I think you need more Banner. The whole thing is just him as Hulk, on a planet, fighting other gladiators." MTV Jason Bateman (Bad Words) will direct and star in an untitled FBI wedding comedy for Universal Pictures. David Bar Katz wrote the latest draft of the screenplay, no plot details were reported. Variety Terminator, Rambo and Basic Instinct exec producer Mario Kassar is assembling an English-language adaptation of Audition based on the 1997 novel by Japanese author Ryu Murakami and perhaps Takashi Miike's most appreciated film. The story centers on a lonely widower »
- Brad Brevet
After remaining seemingly safe from Hollywood's remake machine for 15 years, Takashi Miike's cult thriller Audition has been snatched up for an English-language adaptation. Deadline reports Terminator and Rambo producer Mario Kassar is developing the new take on Ryu Murakami's 1997 novel on which Miike's 1999 film is based. Richard Gray (The Lookalike) will be at the helm of the film which will follow a lonely widower who decides to put out a fake casting call for a leading lady with the intention of using the set-up to meet a new girlfriend. However, one of the attendees turns out to be more than he bargained for. This time the film will follow a character named Sam Davis who has the hope of meeting a new lover, until he falls for Evie Lawrence, a former ballerina with a mysterious past. Gray also adapted the noel himself, and the plan is for the »
- Ethan Anderton
Takashi Miike’s stunning, creepy, brain-searing 1999 adaptation of Ryu Murakami’s novel Adaptation had such an impact here in 2001, we wondered whether it would be long before an American producer snapped up the rights to mount a remake. But as the years passed and nothing happened, we relaxed; the moment seemed to have passed. Now, though, Mario Kassar is plotting a Us-centric take on the tale.The original Audition, for those who have not seen it, found a lonely widower letting his movie producer friend set up a series of fake try-outs for young women to become his girlfriend. Unfortunately for him, the girl he selects – Asami – hides a steely, psychotic, creatively murderous nature and… Well, things go terribly wrong from there. Kassar, who helped shepherd The Terminator, Rambo and Basic Instinct into the world, believes the time is right for an American version of the story, which would switch »
Last year we listed our 5 Best & 5 Worst Horror Movie Remakes, and noted that Takashi Miike's "Audition" had "mercifully avoided the remake treatment." We spoke too soon. One of the handful of early films that put the filmmaker on the radar of genre enthusiasts, "Audition" is now going down the remake road. Deadline reports that producer Mario Kassar — the man who brought us, among other things, "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," "Basic Instinct," "Showgirls," "The Doors" and "Rambo III" — is putting together an American redo of the movie that is based on the novel by Ryu Murakami. And for better or worse, there won't be any major changes, with the story (now set in the United States, duh) still following a widower who holds fake auditions in order to find a new mate, but meets his match with one unforgettable choice. And if you're hoping this is one that'll get stuck in development hell, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Well, it took a surprising amount of years to get on Hollywood's "we need our own version of that" radar, but it's finally on its way. The 1999 Takashi Miike film Audition, which was based upon the 1997 novel by Japanese author Ryu Murakami, is getting the U.S. remake treatment!
Deadline reports that Terminator, Rambo, and Basic Instinct executive producer Mario Kassar is in the midst of assembling an English-language adaptation for us Westerners. The new Kassar-produced version is based on the original Murakami novel and will transplant the story to an American setting.
In this version, to be directed by Richard Gray (The Lookalike), Audition‘s unlucky protagonist is Sam Davis, who lives alone with his son following the death of his wife seven years prior and is convinced by a filmmaker friend to stage the fake auditions. The former ballerina with a mysterious past he falls for is now named Evie Lawrence, »
- Steve Barton
Japanese horror Audition will receive an English-language remake.
Shigeharu is enchanted by one of the auditioning girls, who isn't what she appears to be.
Watch a trailer for the Japanese version of Audition below: »
The story of the new version is said to be similar to both the film and Ryu Murakami's 1997 novel. In this take, a lonely widower is convinced by his filmmaker friend to hold a casting call for a fake movie in order to find a girlfriend.
He finds one girl he likes, a ballerina named Evie Lawrence, but soon his life turns into a nightmare.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Of all the works of literature that have been adapted for film, and then re-adapted, Audition is perhaps the most unlikely candidate. Not because the 1997 novel by Ryu Murakami isn’t worthy of adapting, and not because Takashi Miike’s 1999 film version isn’t engaging – but because both tellings of the horrifying tale are so specific to their time.
That doesn’t seem to prevent producer Mario Kassar (Terminator, Rambo, Basic Instinct) from putting together an update, however. This new version will return to the source novel, but move the setting from Japan to the Us. With Richard Gray (The Lookalike) attached to write and direct, the story looks set to remain broadly faithful to the action of the book. In it, a widower agrees to his filmmaker friend arranging fake auditions to find the bereaved man a new girlfriend, as part of a ‘reality’ project. When the widower falls »
- Sarah Myles
We all knew that this day was coming. They ran out of small-time J-horror films to remake, so they're finally taking on the big bad of the genre. That would be Takashi Miike's gonzo horror classic Audition - long thought to be untouchable in Hollywood by fans and executives alike. Well guess what, people? Audition is about to be touched. It's about to be touched hard. Deadline reports/warns that superproducer Mario Kassar has been put in charge of an English-language redo of Audition, bringing on filmmaker Richard Grey to write and direct. The claim is that this movie is based more on the 1997 novel by Ryu Murakami than the Miike adaptation of the same name.. But come on: you know that the ad campaign for this film is going to focus on the specific iconography that made the original Audition a horror classic. The rubber gloves. The wires. »
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