Over Your Dead Body (Kuime)

Feature Film | JP/FR/CHN 2014 | 93?' | Subtitled English

OVER YOUR DEAD BODY is a film adaptation of the most famous Japanese ghost story, »Yotsuya Kaidan.« In the stage play dating back to 1825, a ruthless samurai is haunted by the ghost of his murdered wife. The story has been brought to the screen before more than thirty times, but Takashi Miike manages to find a unique approach to this classic. Surprisingly, the bad boy of Japanese cinema (AUDITION) goes back to the roots of the piece in Kabuki theater. Rehearsals for a theatrical performance of YOTSUYA KAIDAN are skillfully arranged as reflections of the private lives of the two lead actors, Kosuke and Miyuki. While the two rehearse their roles on a spectacular revolving stage, the couple’s relationship ends up in pieces in the real world beyond the walls of the theater. Kosuke acts in a similarly unscrupulous way as the samurai he plays, while Miyuki slowly slips into madness. What initially looks like an unusually toned-down Miike film, eventually turns into an increasingly intense psycho-drama – with a bloody ending.

Director
Takashi Miike
Script
Kikumi Yamagishi
Producer
Misako Saka
Executive Producers
Shigeyuki Endô, Naoya Kinoshita, Toshiaki Nakazawa, Toshiaki Okuno, Hengameh Panahi, Yi-Wan Ren, Nobuyuki Tanizawa, Nobuyuki Tohya, Kensuke Zushi
Music
Kôji Endô
Editor
Kenji Yamashita
Costumes
Isao Tsuge
Principal Cast
Kô Shibasaki, Ebizô Ichikawa

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Selected filmography Takashi Miike

SHINJUKU KILLERS (1995), THE THIRD YAKUZA (1996), FUDOH: THE NEW GENERATION (1996), FULL METAL YAKUZA (1997), AUDITION (1999), ZEBRAMAN (2004), LIKE A DRAGON (2007), 13 ASSASSINS (2010), ACE ATTORNEY (2012)