Actress Saki Aibu (24) will get her first starring role in an unorthodox horror movie directed by Shi Shirakawa called Neck. Junpei Mizobata (20) will co-star. The film is based on a story by Otaro Maijo originally printed in “esora” vol. 6 and was adapted by by the author himself.
Aibu will play a peculiar university student named Sugina Mayama who’s researching ways to create a ghost. Mizobata will play a fellow university student named Tomokazu Shudo who’s fallen hard for Sugina but has trouble confessing because she’s his first love. One day Sugina invites Tomokazu to her lab. When he arrives, the room is dark and there’s a large, ominous looking wooden box inside. The box is a mysterious device called a “neck machine” and Sugina aims to make the love-struck Tomokazu the first “victim” of her new creation. Yuta Hiraoka and Chiaki Kuriyama also star.
Maijo will also be adapting Neck as a stage play with a completely different story, but the same general motif. Aibu won’t appear in the play, but Mizobata will in a different capacity than in the film. Itsuji Itao, Kosuke Suzuki, and Hiroyuki Morisaki will have roles in the stage adaptation which will begin its run at Tokyo’s Aoyama Round Theatre on February 12, 2010.
“Neck” is being produced and distributed by Asmik Ace Entertainment with a release slated for Summer 2010.
Here’s a clip of the film’s two stars talking about the project (no subtitles): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtPwRtL1BX0
Sources & Credits: Eiga.com | Unleash the Geek
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