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Over Your Dead Body (2014) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Miike Takashi (Director) | Ichikawa Ebizo (Actor) | Ito Hideaki (Actor) | Shibasaki Ko
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One of Japan's most famous ghost stories, kabuki play Yotsuya Kaidan has been adapted into over 30 films. Now, kabuki star Ichikawa Ebizo (Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai) and director Miike Takashi reunite to bring a new twist to the familiar tale of jealousy and revenge in Over Your Dead Body, a terrifying horror drama about the thin line between art and life.

Also credited with the film's concept, Ichikawa stars as Kosuke, a kabuki actor who has landed in the starring role of a new Yotsuya Kaidan stage adaptation. However, his relationship with his co-star girlfriend Miyuki (Shibasaki Kou) deteriorates rapidly during pre-production as ego, jealousy and infidelity creep their way in. Soon, real life and elements from the play begin to merge as blood begins to spill.

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Product Title: Over Your Dead Body (2014) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 惡之食女 (2014) (DVD) (香港版) 恶之食女 (2014) (DVD) (香港版) 喰女−クイメ− Over Your Dead Body (2014) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: Kuime 喰女 喰女 Kuime Kuime
Artist Name(s): Ichikawa Ebizo (Actor) | Ito Hideaki (Actor) | Shibasaki Ko | Trey Hatch (Actor) | Endo Koji | Maiko (Actor) | Miho Nakanishi (Actor) | Katayama Hitomi (Actor) 市川海老蔵 (Actor) | 伊藤英明 (Actor) | 柴咲幸 | Trey Hatch (Actor) | 遠藤浩二 | 麻衣子 (Actor) | 中西美穗 (Actor) | 片山瞳 (Actor) Ichikawa Ebizo (Actor) | 伊藤英明 (Actor) | 柴咲幸 | Trey Hatch (Actor) | 远藤浩二 | 麻衣子 (Actor) | 中西美穗 (Actor) | 片山瞳 (Actor) 市川海老蔵 (Actor) | 伊藤英明 (Actor) | 柴咲コウ | Trey Hatch (Actor) | 遠藤浩二 | Maiko (Actor) | 中西 美穂 (Actor) | 片山瞳 (Actor) Ichikawa Ebizo (Actor) | Ito Hideaki (Actor) | 시바사키 코우 | Trey Hatch (Actor) | Endo Koji | Maiko (Actor) | Miho Nakanishi (Actor) | Katayama Hitomi (Actor)
Director: Miike Takashi 三池崇史 Miike Takashi 三池崇史 Miike Takashi
Writer: yamagishi kikumi yamagishi kikumi yamagishi kikumi 山岸 きくみ yamagishi kikumi
Release Date: 2015-09-17
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, Widescreen
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: III
Duration: 94 (mins)
Publisher: Deltamac (HK)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1045244353

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Director: Miike Takashi

A star, Miyuki Goto (Ko Shibasaki) 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 (Ebizo Ichikawa) cast in the play although he's a relatively unknown actor. Other performers are Rio Asahina (Miho Nakanishi) and Jun Suzuki (Hideaki Ito) who lusts after Miyuki. With the cast in place, rehearsals begin. In the play, the egotistical Iemon mercilessly abuses Oiwa who develops a deadly grudge against him. Off stage there's another reality with the cast's possessive love and obsessions. Trapped between the play and reality, the cast's feelings for each other are amplified. When it becomes clear that love is not meant to be both on and off stage, the love turns to a grudge and crosses the blurred line between reality and fantasy. Will their love flourish or turn dark?
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Professional Review of "Over Your Dead Body (2014) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

November 3, 2015

Nearly 200 years old and having been adapted for the screen some 30 times, kabuki play Yotsuya Kaidan is arguably the definitive and most influential Japanese ghost story. Such a history obviously also makes for a great deal of familiarity, and so it's hard to imagine a better choice for a new version than Miike Takashi, a director as unpredictable as he is prolific, equally known for big budget stately samurai dramas and insane, off the wall gore.

Real life kabuki performer Ichikawa Ebizo, who also starred in Miike's Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai, plays Kosuke (or Lemon, as the subtitles refer to him), a lowly actor who lands a top role in a new theatrical version of Yotsuya Kaidan thanks to his more famous girlfriend Miyuki (Shibasaki Kou, 47 Ronin). An ungrateful sort, Kosuke is soon carrying on an illicit dalliance with a younger actress called Riho (Miho Nakanishi), mirroring events in the play. Meanwhile, Miyuki becomes obsessed with her role as the wronged wife Oiwa, and the line between art and life starts to blur, with bloody and horrific results.

Despite a title which makes it sound like a 1980s spooky comedy from Hong Kong, Over Your Dead Body is very much a serious adaptation and a genuine attempt to bring something fresh to Yotsuya Kaidan. While sticking closely to the time-honoured themes of jealousy and revenge, Miike Takashi offers a new angle by playing on the theatricality of the kabuki origins of the tale, switching between the two unfolding stories on and off stage and using its inherent predictability to generate an ominous air of doom. The script by Kikumi Yamagishi (who previously worked with Miike on two different extremes of his career in The Happiness of the Katakuris and Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai) is a slow-burn affair, offering hints rather than explanations, and it's a deliberately paced film which requires patience and a basic acceptance of the malevolent supernatural as part of its reality. The film is obtuse and cold in places, with little exploration of its characters or indeed any real attempt to make them sympathetic, and while on the one hand this also ties in with its near-stoic formality in effective fashion, it's understandable that some viewers might find it frustrating and distant.

As it descends into murder and madness, Over Your Dead Body does feel like a mix of Miike's classier efforts like 13 Assassins and Hara-kiri and some of his wild gorefests, combining handsome production values and controlled direction with moments of real nastiness. Audition is probably the closest point of comparison in this regard, and even for those not familiar with the story it's clear that the film is building towards something grotesque. Miike certainly delivers on this score, and after a quiet beginning the film works in some genuinely unpleasant scenes, including a gruesome shower scene involving cutlery – the highly imaginative director again proves himself a master when it comes to knowing exactly which buttons to press to make the audience squirm, and the film is creatively sadistic rather than simply bloody.

To be fair, this might not be enough to make Over Your Dead Body sit too comfortably with Miike Takashi fans looking for something more in his usual over the top style, though as a foray into more traditional and studied Japanese horror it works very well, and is one of his accomplished films of late (admittedly, it's a little hard to keep track). Unsettling and atmospheric, it's a film which underlines just how versatile a director Miike is, succeeding in the difficult feat of injecting new life into Yotsuya Kaidan rather than simply repeating what a long line of other adaptations have done before.

by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)

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November 9, 2015

Brilliant, but requires previous knowledge Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
In addition to the apt editorial description I recommend viewers not being in the know to get familiar with the well-known "yotsuya kaidan" plot and characters before watching this film, or else I'm afraid you'll be lost. Miike takes sound plot knowledge for granted, and rightfully does so. Pasolini did likewise in "Medea". Any film that dares to start on such a high level can afford to wholly serve the auteur's vision. Therefore Miike, delivering quite an experimental piece of cinema here, even by his own standards, doesn't bother with yielding yet another classic re-telling of the story. So don't expect a re-make of, let's say, the Misumi or the Nakagawa film version of the play. Too huge are the plot gaps that Miike deliberately leaves open. They need to be filled with the viewer's previous knowledge. So better do your homework first. The more rewarding will it be to watch this gem of a film and take note of little plot details. Stylistically it's one of Miike's quieter works. The often darkness-shrouded scenery reminded me at times of Visconti and of Greenaway. Shibasaki Kou lends great depth to the O-Iwa character. I'm impressed. I'm referring to the 94-minutes theatrical cut of the film.
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