Archive - 8th Five Flavours Film Festival

Over Your Dead Body

Japan 2014, 90’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Takashi Miike
screenplay: Kikumi Yamagishi
cinematography: Nobuyasu Kita
editing: Kenji Yamashita
music: Koji Endo
cast: Ebizō Ichikawa, Ko Shibasaki, Hideaki Itō, Miho Nakanishi, Maiko, Toshie Negishi, Hiroshi Katsuno, Ikkō Furuya
producer: Misako Saka, Shigeji Maeda
language: Japanese
colouration: colour

Film description

In one of his interviews Miike supposedly said that he hates horrors. Perhaps that explains why when he takes up the genre the final outcome is so unpredictable. In "Over Your Dead Body" he finds inspiration in a classic play of the kabuki theater, Yotsuya Kaidan, telling the story of a vengeful ghost Oiwa. Miike doesn't make another adaptation of the play but treats it as a starting point for a postmodern tale of the interdependence between life and art. He plays with horror cinema again - with its inspirations, conventions and iconography. But he doesn't abandon the fans of the genre, offering them a visually elaborate feast filled with surreal visions and the macabre.

Krzysztof Gonerski

Takashi Miike

Born in 1960, cult Japanese director known for the extreme content and cinematic forms. He received numerous festival awards for "Audition," "Ichi The Killer," and "13 Assassins," among others. So far, he directed over 90 films.

Selected filmography:

1999 Gra wstępna / Odishon / Audition
2001 Ichi Zabójca / Koroshiya / Ichi the Killer
2007 Sukiyaki Western Django
2010 13 zabójców / Jusan-nin no shikaku / 13 Assassins 
2011 Ichimei / Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai
2013 Słomiana tarcza / Wara no tate / Shield of Straw

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