Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
'Kick-Ass' Creator Mark Millar Says A Hit-Girl Solo Movie Was Once In The Works With 'The Raid' Director Gareth Evans 'Kick-Ass' Creator Mark Millar Says A Hit-Girl Solo Movie Was Once In The Works With 'The Raid' Director Gareth Evans Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon & Leslie Jones To Lead Paul Feig's 'Ghostbusters' Reboot Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon & Leslie Jones To Lead Paul Feig's 'Ghostbusters' Reboot 30 Films You Forgot Were Oscar Winners 30 Films You Forgot Were Oscar Winners Review: Documentary 'Night Will Fall' Is A Powerful Reminder Of The Horrors Of The Holocaust Review: Documentary 'Night Will Fall' Is A Powerful Reminder Of The Horrors Of The Holocaust Harvey Weinstein Explains What Happened With 'Grace Of Monaco,' Says He Was Right About 'Snowpiercer' Harvey Weinstein Explains What Happened With 'Grace Of Monaco,' Says He Was Right About 'Snowpiercer' Harvey Weinstein Says Quentin Tarantino Has Changed The Last Chapter Of 'The Hateful Eight' Harvey Weinstein Says Quentin Tarantino Has Changed The Last Chapter Of 'The Hateful Eight' Sundance Review: ‘Slow West’ Starring Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee & Ben Mendelsohn Sundance Review: ‘Slow West’ Starring Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee & Ben Mendelsohn Sundance: Keanu Reeves Opens The Door To Trouble In Teaser Trailer For Eli Roth's 'Knock Knock' Sundance: Keanu Reeves Opens The Door To Trouble In Teaser Trailer For Eli Roth's 'Knock Knock' Watch: 8-Minute Video Essay Argues Steve McQueen's 'Shame' Is Actually A Critique Of The Modern Metropolis Watch: 8-Minute Video Essay Argues Steve McQueen's 'Shame' Is Actually A Critique Of The Modern Metropolis Watch: The Tampon Scene From 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' You Won't See In The Movie Recreated With 'The Sims' Watch: The Tampon Scene From 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' You Won't See In The Movie Recreated With 'The Sims' The 10 Best Films Of 2004 The 10 Best Films Of 2004 'Death Proof' Star Zoe Bell Leads Latest Additions To Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' As Filming Begins 'Death Proof' Star Zoe Bell Leads Latest Additions To Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' As Filming Begins Watch: 'Saturday Night Live' Sketch 'Fanatic' Written & Directed By Paul Thomas Anderson And Starring Ben Affleck Watch: 'Saturday Night Live' Sketch 'Fanatic' Written & Directed By Paul Thomas Anderson And Starring Ben Affleck First Look: Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Grimy In Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'The Revenant' First Look: Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Grimy In Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'The Revenant' "Carry Bolt Cutters Everywhere": Werner Herzog Has 24 Amazing Pieces Of Advice "Carry Bolt Cutters Everywhere": Werner Herzog Has 24 Amazing Pieces Of Advice The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki Christopher Nolan Says His Howard Hughes Film Is Dead, But He'd Still Like To Do A Bond Film At Some Point Christopher Nolan Says His Howard Hughes Film Is Dead, But He'd Still Like To Do A Bond Film At Some Point

Takashi Miike's 'Ninja Kids!!!' Gearing Up For American Remake

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist August 30, 2011 at 3:02AM

Two Films From Takashi Shimizu That Aren't 'The Grudge' Get Picked Up By Well Go USAAnother day, another remake, but this one is bit stranger than usual.
0

Two Films From Takashi Shimizu That Aren't 'The Grudge' Get Picked Up By Well Go USA



Another day, another remake, but this one is bit stranger than usual.

There was a time when this writer tried valiantly to keep up with Japanese director Takashi Miike's output, but considering the guy seems to make a new movie every month, it was an impossible task. The director, who moves easily between genres, from grim and bloody yakuza pics to period fare (his kind of dull "Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai" played Cannes this spring), delivered "Ninja Kids!!!" earlier this year. Based on the manga by Rakudai Ninja Rantaro which itself was spun into an anime TV series, the film features plenty of Miike's visual flourish in a tale about an eight year-old boy who enrolls in a ninja academy. So yeah, pretty easy to see why Hollywood wants to take that premise and give it an Americanized spin, but let's hope the ambitions are a bit higher than the last ninja franchise for kids "3 Ninjas." The film has been making the festival rounds including appearances at Fantasia and the New York Asian Film Festival where interest was drummed up and negotiations are apparently well underway with a production company to make this happen.

Meanwhile, is Hollywood falling back in love with "The Grudge" director Takashi Shimizu? Just yesterday we noted that that America's love for J-horror had waned since the early aughts but not if Well Go USA has anything to say about it. The distributor has picked up the U.S. rights to two new Shimuzu films, "Tormented" (aka "Rabbit Horror 3D" which was lensed by Christopher Doyle) and "The Shock Labyrinth" (also in 3D). The former, which premieres at Venice and will play Sitges Film Festival in October follows a young boy whose stuffed rabbit comes to life while his family fall apart and, oh yeah, his sister might be dead. As for the latter film, it concerns a bunch of teenagers who get caught up in a spooky hospital. Can't say either of these particularly excite us, but we have to admit, we are kind of curious to see what Doyle did on that rabbit movie.

No word yet on a release date, but probably 2012 for both of these.

This article is related to: Films, Foreign Films, The Rabbit Horror


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates