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    THE INERASABLE: New J-Horror at 2016 Fantasia Festival

    THE RING series veterans Yuko Takeuchi and Ai Hashimoto co-star in THE INERASABLE, the new J-Horror film from director Yoshihiro Nakamura. Photo courtesy of Shochiku. © 2016

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    Image courtesy of Shochiku. © 2016

    Director Yoshihiro Nakamura has become a film festival favorite with internationally acclaimed works like THE FOREIGN DUCK, THE NATIVE DUCK AND GOD IN A COIN LOCKER (?????????????, Ahiru to Kamo to Koinrokka, 2007), FISH STORY (??????????, Fisshu Sutori, 2009) and GOLDEN SLUMBER (??????????, Gooruden Suranbaa, 2010). His first film of 2016 was THE INERASABLE (??????????????, Zang-e -Sunde Wa Ikenai Heya-), an adaptation of Fuyumi Ono’s ward-winning horror novel, Zange. The lead character -- a writer identified as "I" in the film -- is played by J-Horror icon Yuko Takeuchi, who starred in the smash hit THE RING (???, Ringu, 1998) and was recently seen in Kiyoshi Kurosawa`s CREEPY (????? ?????, Kuriipii Itsuwari no Rinjin, 2016). Takeuchi`s co-star Ai Hashimoto played THE RING villainous Sadako in SADAKO 3D (????, 2012). The young actress made her feature film debut with CONFESSIONS (??, Kokuhaku, 2010) and has starred in THE KIRISHIMA THING (???????????, Kirishima, Bukatsu Yamerutteyo, 2012) and PARASYTE (???, Kiseiju, 2015). The supporting cast features SAMURAI HUSTLE series star Kuranosuke Sasaki, Kentaro Sakaguchi (NO LONGER HEROINE, THE KODAI FAMILY) and Nakamura movie veteran Kenichi Takito (FISH STORY, RUROUNI KENSHIN Trilogy, TERRAFORMARS). THE INERASABLE opened in Japan this past January and is now being offered for international sales by Shochiku. On July 22nd, the film was screened at the 2016 Fantasia Festival. STORY Have you ever thought about the previous tenants who lived where you live now? A novelist (Yuko Takeuchi) is hired to do a magazine series based on true ghost stories submitted by readers. One day, she receives a letter from Ms Kubo (Ai Hashimoto) who writes of strange slithering noises she hears in the bedroom her apartment. The writer and Kubo look into the history of the apartment and discover that the strange occurrences aren`t limited to Kubo`s room; a series of previous tenants of the building have all been victims of an unknown force... and that some were driven to suicide and even murder after they moved away. What is the cause of such misery and death? Their investigation finally uncovers the shocking truth of an evil that goes back generations...

    Photo courtesy of Shochiku. © 2016

    CREDITS World Premiere: October 25, 2015 (Tokyo International Film Festival) Japanese Theatrical Release: Saturday, January 30, 2016 (Nationwide Roadshow) Running Time: 107 Minutes Cast I: Yuko Takeuchi Kubo: Ai Hashimoto Yoshiaki Hiraoka: Kuranosuke Sasaki Tetsuo Misawa: Kentaro Sakaguchi Naoto: Kenichi Takito Tamura: Yorie Yamashita Mr. Kajikawa: Kento Shibuya Yamamoto-kun: Ryo Narita Mr. Kawada: Shinji Matsubayashi Shoichi Iida: Ichiro Hashimoto Eiko Iida: Yukiko Shinohara Kazuya Iida: Rihito Matsuura Staff Director: Yoshihiro Nakamura Original Story: Zange by Fuyumi Ono (Shinchosha) Screenplay: Kenichi Suzuki Producers: Fumitsugu Ikeda, Yoshihiro Nagata Executive Producer: Osamu Fujioka Cinematographer: Yukihiro Okimura Special Makeup and Modeling: Etsuko Egawa, Fumihiro Kanda Music: Yasukawa Umaro Image Song: "Strong Fate" by Wagakki Band "The Inerasable" Film Partners: Happinet, Shochiku, Avex Music Publishing, GYAO!, Sony PCL Planning: Happinet Planning Cooperation: Shinchosha Production: THEFOOL Distributor: Shochiku World Sales: Shochiku © 2016 "The Inerasable" Film Partners

    I (Yuko Takeuchi) and Kubo (Ai Hashimoto) track down a lead. Photo courtesy of Shochiku. © 2016
    Yoshiaki Hiraoka (Kuranosuke Sasaki), Naoto (Kenichi Takito), Tamura (Yorie Yamashita) and I discuss the cases making up the mystery. Photo courtesy of Shochiku. © 2016
    Director Yoshihiro Nakamura with Yuko Takeuchi. Photo courtesy of Shochiku. © 2016

    About the Fantasia International Film Festival

    Since its inception in 1996, the Fantasia International Film Festival is now recognized as the largest and most influential event of its kind in North America, a leader on the genre film scene and one of the country’s most popular film festivals. With a varied programming and an emphasis on the imaginative cinema of Asia, Europe and the Americas, Fantasia’s offerings range from unique and powerful personal visions to international commercial crowd-pleasers rarely seen in North America.

    About Shochiku Co., Ltd.

    Shochiku traces its origins to 1895 when Takejiro Otani presented his first stage play. They also produced the first color motion picture in Japan, and have expanded into TV dramas, video contents, Kabuki presentation, theater operations, and real estate. The company has become a symbol of enduring tradition as the exclusive promoter of the Kabuki theater in Japan as well as widely known as the creator of the world’s longest-running feature film series TORA-SAN. The company is making all possible efforts to develop business in various fields, including multimedia and co-productions, across generation, national, and cultural borders.

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