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Ryuhei Kitamura Talks Versus 2 in 2014

Posted by The Woman In Black on April 28, 2013

Ryuhei Kitamura Talks Versus 2 in 2014Well, here's some news we weren't expecting this weekend. While on stage yesterday for the Tokyo premiere of No One Lives, director Ryuhei Kitamura made the unexpected announcement that he’ll be making a sequel to his internationally beloved 2000 action/horror film Versus sometime next year.

According to Cinema Today (as translated by Nippon Cinema), Kitamura was talking about how he’ll soon return to working in Asia and mentioned that he’ll be doing a Versus sequel in 2014, confidently adding, “The lead actor [Tak Sakaguchi] is retired, but I’ll get him to make a comeback. He’ll do it if I do it.”

We'll keep our eyes and ears open for updates, but in the meantime here's a reminder of what the original is about:

There are 666 portals that connect this world to the other side. These are concealed from all human beings. Somewhere in Japan exists the 444th portal.... the Forest of Resurrection.

Deep within the mysterious Forest of Resurrection, the spectacular battle between good and evil has gone on since the dawn of time. When Prisoner KSC2-303 escapes from a maximum security jail, he enters the forest believing it will lead him to a safe haven. Instead, he finds himself a pawn in an endless struggle played out against an ever-changing background across multiple temporal planes of existence. His opponent: a mysterious man who seemingly cannot be killed. The battle to be waged between these warriors: Good versus Evil in the pursuit of a beautiful woman who holds the power to grant eternal life. But what Prisoner KSC2-303 cannot remember is whether he is the personification of good or the very essence of darkness.

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Well Go USA Engaging in a Game of Deadball

Posted by Uncle Creepy on February 22, 2013

The question beckons... why play baseball, football, basketball, or even soccer when you can play Deadball and have a blood-spattered good time. Seriously, this needs to become our national pastime STAT!

From the Press Release
Director Yudai Yamaguchi's hilariously offensive, politically incorrect sports splatter comedy DEADBALL debuts on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital April 9th from Well Go USA Entertainment. A follow-up to Yamaguchi's earlier zombie baseball classic Battlefield Baseball, DEADBALL stars Tak Sakaguchi (Versus, Yakuza Weapon, Tokyo Gore Police) as Jubeh Yakyu, a seventeen-year-old juvenile delinquent sent to reform school after killing over 50 people within a week. To escape the school, Jubeh agrees to join the facility’s baseball team in a battle to the death against the sexy “psycho butcher girls” of St. Black Dahlia High School. This riotous, over-the-top epic of excess is the movie for the psycho sports fan in everybody and more fun than a prison cavity search! DEADBALL is loaded with more than 50 minutes of bonus material, including the behind-the-scenes featurette “The Making of Deadball,” interviews with a cast and crew, and the spinoff short film Play Deadball.

Baseball prodigy Jubeh Yakyu (Tak Sakaguchi) is the most feared and dangerous juvenile delinquent in all of Japan. After accidentally causing the death of his father with a super-powered, deadly fireball pitch, Jubeh swore off baseball and became a criminal and now, at 17, has been sent to the Pterodactyl Juvenile Reformatory for hardened criminals. Headmistress Ishihara, the granddaughter of a World War II Nazi collaborator, runs the institution with an iron fist and the enthusiastic help of her sadistic assistant, Ilsa. After arriving at the hellhole, Jubeh soon learns from governor Mifune that his long-lost, younger brother Musashi had also done time there after a murder spree, but had since died mysteriously. Despite having sworn never to play baseball again, Jubeh is presented with an ultimatum by governor Mifune: join the reformatory team, The Gauntlets, in the national tournament for juvenile inmates, or witness the death of his innocent cellmate Four Eyes (Mari Hoshino). With the knowledge that the death of his brother is somehow connected to the team, Jubeh agrees, and Gauntlet training begins. Their first opponents: the sexy but deadly "psycho butcher girls" of the St. Black Dahlia High School, a team of literal man-killers. And so the splatterific baseball tournament begins, but Jubeh soon learns that he is not only fighting to win the game, but also to save his own life!

Special Features

  • Spinoff Short: Final Deadball
  • Featurette: “The Making of Deadball”
  • Cast Interviews

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