Japanese director Hideo Nakata became a household name among horror fans and world cinema fans alike after his classic horror flick, Ringu. Since that terrifying film, Nakata has directed a number of very good horror flicks including Ringu 2, the US The Ring 2 and the brilliant Dark Water. He has also dabbled in bizarre but flawed thrillers like Chatroom, and also the impressive drama Kaidan. His big return to horror is the upcoming The Complex, which looks terrific.
Back in July we reported that Nakata was adapting a Japanese version of the classic Koreansci-fi horror film Haunters, and now the first teaser trailer has made its way on-line. Running at just thirty seconds it is rather short, and has no English subtitles, but it will give you an idea of what Nakata has in store, and it looks very good indeed.
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“When they came to us they explained that they were looking for a project that Nakata and Fujiwara could work on together,” said Lee Eugene, of Zip Cinema, producer of the 2010 Korean original that was written and directed by Kim Min-suk. “ ‘Haunters’ was a film that they watched over and again, and which they wanted to remake urgently with Japanese stars and a Japanese style.”
Here is the synopsis for the original film, directed by Kim Min-suk:
A young thief’s ability to control minds is frustrated when he meets one just beyond his reach in this fast paced Korean action thriller. On a routine robbery of a pawnshop, things go terribly awry and an epic cat and mouse game quickly ensues, taking the viewer on a super charged tour of Seoul at night.