Approaching the age of 80, Kazuo Umezu is still boisterous and still wearing red and white stripes. In fact, in recent years, there was a lawsuit concerning painting his house in the loud motif. He's also making rock and comedy appearances. Beyond being a cult figure, Umezz's work as a manga artist has inspired Junji Ito (Gyo, Uzumaki, Tomie), Usamaru Furuya, and just about any other manga artist who either took horror seriously, did the opposite and infused it with gags, or both at the same time.
His latest project will mark his directorial debut as he prepares to helm a film called Mother, opening in Japan September 27th.
The film, which Umezu is writing and directing, is based on an original story and will apparently unlock the secrets of "Umezu World." As if that isn't enticing enough, the film will feature Umezu, as portrayed by Kabuki actor Ainosuke Kataoka, who also starred in the popular TBS drama Hanzawa Naoki.
Check out the new full trailer...
Mother tells the tale of a publishing company working on a book about the life of Umezu. Lead editor Sakura starts digging into Umezu's past, including his late mother Ichie (played by Kimie Shingyoji), who was influential to his work. Shortly after, strange incidents start taking place, and the grudge of Umezu's mother reveals itself.
Umezz with otaku idol Shokotan, who will be singing theme and playing a nurse
現実の中川翔子さんだったのか、それとも楳図先生の『マザー』から現れた中川翔子さんだったのか…。それは楳図先生だけが知っているのです…。 pic.twitter.com/DNYXnNbex5— 若草さくら@映画『マザー』 (@umezz_mother) July 29, 2014
映画『マザー』の主題歌を歌う中川翔子さんが、看護婦姿で楳図先生の作品世界に…！ pic.twitter.com/osBwNEGzpo— 若草さくら@映画『マザー』 (@umezz_mother) July 24, 2014
楳図先生とお母さんの間にいったい何があったのでしょうか…。わたしは少しずつ知ることになったのです…。 pic.twitter.com/6vRVe07xI4— 若草さくら@映画『マザー』 (@umezz_mother) July 28, 2014
あのとき、楳図先生とわたしは、信じられないものを見てしまったのです…。 pic.twitter.com/ZbrWJP9oS3— 若草さくら@映画『マザー』 (@umezz_mother) July 26, 2014