Thursday, July 24, 2008

Will Shimizu deliver a live-action or animated "Siberian Express"?

by Chris MaGee

Back at the beginning of June film critic and creator of the Hitchcock-inspired “Siberian Express” films, Haruo Mizuno passed away at the age of 76, but it didn’t look like his passing would derail (excuse the pun) the series. Word online at that time was that “Ju-on” director Takashi Shimizu was going to helm an animated version of “Siberian Express” with Madhouse Studios, but as of today I’m wondering if that’s truly the case.

This morning Tokyograph has word that at a press conference held in Tokyo yesterday that “Siberian Express” star Kazuaki Nishida confirmed that Shimizu would direct the next film in the series and that he would bring his talent to scare to the production to make it a “horror/ comedy”; but no where in the article did it mention anything about this being animated. Checking the original Japanese language source article muddies the waters even more. From using my nearly non-existent understanding of kanji and the dubious translation offered by Google it looks as if the Haruo Mizuno will be resurrected by Shimizu who will include a CGI version of Mizuno’s character General Tomoyuki Yamashita in the upcoming film. Or will the whole film be CGI? Maybe my terrible kanji skills are what’s muddying the waters here and not Tokyograph. More on this as it comes in.

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