Fiction begins to bleed into reality for actors (Ebizo Ichikawa, Ko Shibasaki, Hideaki Ito) as they rehearse a stage production of a classic Japanese ghost story.

Director:

Takashi Miike

Writers:

Sean Whitley (dubbed version: english), Kikumi Yamagishi (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ko Shibasaki ... Iwa Tamiya / Miyuki Goto (as Kô Shibasaki)
Hideaki Itô ... Jun Suzuki
Ebizô Ichikawa ... Kousuke Hasegawa / Tamiya Iemon
Toshie Negishi ... Maki / Misuzu Horiuchi
Maiko Maiko ... Kayoko Kurata
Hitomi Katayama
Ikkô Furuya Ikkô Furuya ... Kihei Ito / Kanji Shimada
Hiroshi Katsuno Hiroshi Katsuno ... Matasaemon Tamiya / Michizaburou Ogata
Miho Nakanishi Miho Nakanishi ... Ume Ito / Rio Asahina
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Storyline

A star, Miyuki Goto 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 cast in the play, even though he's a relatively unknown actor. Other performers Rio Asahina and Jun Suzuki 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 isn't meant to be both on and off stage, love turns into a grudge and crosses the blurred line between reality and fantasy. Written by Toronto International Film Festival

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Horror

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Version of Yotsuya kaidan (1912) See more »

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Barely enough
4 April 2021 | by PedroPires90See all my reviews

Me and Miike have a strange relationship. I love some things he done before, even things most people don't think are great (Lesson of Evil is my fave and some people hate it!), but there are other movies that are almost indifferent to me.

This is one of them. The last 30 minutes are great but the first and second act are just boring (not slow burner, just slow) and made the end predictable. Great visuals, good allegory and a good use of gore in the last act saved the movie.


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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Japan | France | China

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

23 August 2014 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Over Your Dead Body See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,164,010
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Runtime:

| (Director's Cut)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39:1
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