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92 Ratings

Over Your Dead Body


Directed by Takashi Miike
Japan, 2014


A theatre troupe rehearsing a classic play of murder, betrayal and phantasmagorical vengeance find life bloodily imitating art backstage, in this wild cinematic detour from madly prolific Japanese auteur Takashi Miike.

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Over Your Dead Body Directed by Takashi Miike
Half the film is a gorgeously shot dress rehearsal of the play in a stylised period setting on a state-of-the-art rotating stage, while the other half shows more or less the same drama unfolding in Miyuke’s elegant, minimalist home – and these two parallel narratives bleed into one another in a deeply irrational manner, blurring the boundaries between theatre and film, antique and (post)modern, actor and character, the living and the dead.
August 26, 2015
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Over Your Dead Body will certainly appeal to Miike’s hardcore fan base, for his technical mastery of blood is on display throughout. I must admit that my interest in this sort of thing only goes so far, though I find the production model he’s developed to be quite fascinating.
November 17, 2014
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[In the cinema of Takashi Miike,] you never know what to expect going in, and often what to expect as the film unfurls. His tidy, arty horror-theatre film here, the neatly titled Over Your Dead Body, kept me off-guard for nearly its whole, brief length. I felt like I never had ground to stand on, it so immediately moves from opening scenes of a fucking couple to that couple splitting to go to work on dress rehearsals for a play of a ghost story…
September 07, 2014
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