CHAKUSHIN ARI is Takashi Miike’s new horror film that opens today in Japan. Unlike his other films which usually end up playing in just one theatre in Tokyo for a week, this one seems to be getting quite a bit of push behind it. But no worries, this mainstream entry by Miike still looks like something we would expect from him. From a review at THE DAILY YOMIURI: “Stylistically, Chakushin Ari is one of Miike’s more commercial efforts, as it seems he wants to back up his reputation with a real box-office hit. But Miike’s voice is too loud not to be heard under the flashy visuals of this film. It is his call for all of us, and a rather bleak one at that.” Here’s the review from THE JAPAN TIMES.
And it looks like Miike is really starting the year with a bang, what with another film being released next month. ZEBRAMAN stars supercool Sho Aikawa (the DEAD OR ALIVE series) as some kind of wacky super-hero. My wife, who’s doesn’t watch a lot of movies, was cracking up at the ads and saying that she’d like to see it (she’s never seen a Miike film), so sounds like it could be fun.