TWO MORE FROM TAKASHI MIIKE
FANGORIA has learned that Media Blasters has acquired two new movies from celluloid terrorist Takashi Miike for U.S. release: the violent (of course) Yakuza thriller DEADLY OUTLAW REKKA and his stunning RINGU-style horror yarn ONE MISSED CALL. The former, a 2002 tale of warring gangsters, stars Miike veterans Riki (DEAD OR ALIVE trilogy) Takeuchi, Ry?e (GRAVEYARD OF HONOR) Miki and Kenichi (HAPPINESS OF THE KATAKURIS) Endo, with a cameo by Asian action legend Sonny (KILL BILL) Chiba.
Sold as Miike?s ?first straight-up horror film,? ? 2003's ONE MISSED CALL concerns a cycle of supernatural mayhem unleashed by a haunted cell phone. Victims receive messages on their phones from three days in the future?from themselves, screaming in total terror. Miike fills the screen with chilling setpieces (including a live reality show exploding into ghostly chaos) and a five-alarm finish. ONE MISSED CALL toplines Kazue (SAMURAI RESURRECTION) Fukiishi, Renji (Miike?s AGITATOR) Ishibashi, Goro (RETURNER) Kishitani and Kou (BATTLE ROYALE) Shibasaki.
Media Blasters is currently mulling over theatrical exposure for both titles, having scored earlier with ICHI THE KILLER. Both DEADLY OUTLAW REKKA and ONE MISSED CALL, in the meantime, will screen at Montreal?s Fantasia film festival, running July 8 to August 1.
Courtesy of Fangoria