Over Your Dead Body
Directed by Takashi Miike
Takashi Miike puts his own meta spin on a legendary Japanese ghost story. When a beautiful actress stars in a new play based on a classic horror tale, she pulls some strings to get her lover cast. With the cast in place, rehearsals begin, but off stage, some begin to develop their own obsessions. Trapped between the play and reality, they are horrified to find that a grudge can cross the blurred line.
Fiction and reality bend for actors performing a classic Japanese ghost story.
Cast: Ko Shibasaki, Hideaki Itô, Ebizô Ichikawa
One of the best Japanese horror films i've seen to date.. We need more like this..
this was amazing
Honestly, wasn't very good. Nothing really happens the entire time.
Another great film
If you aren't familiar with the story within a story here - the famous Japanese ghost story Yotsuya Kwaidan - you should probably watch a version of that first (Nobuo Nakagawa's 1959 The Ghost of Yotsuya is on Criterion and is great), because this generally assumes you know the basic narrative beats of that, and get its general thematic ideas. I imagine this would be somewhat arcane without that? Really fantastic production design.