One Missed Call director takes on sci-fi comedy

According to Variety, director Takashi Miike (ONE MISSED CALL) has signed to helm a science-fiction film:

Producer Haruki Kadokawa and cult fave Takashi Miike have linked to make “Kamisama no Puzzle” (God’s Puzzle), a sci-fi romantic comedy based on a prize-winning, bestselling novel by Shinji Kimoto.

Hayato Ichihara (”Juon 2,” “Rainbow Song”) stars as twins — one a diligent student and one who is drifting through school and life. They join forces with a pretty, brilliant, dropout (Mitsuki Tanimura) to unlock the secrets of the universe and build one of their own.

Principal photography is set to start at the Nikkatsu Studio in Tokyo on Aug. 22. Release is aimed for the summer of 2008, though a distrib has yet to be locked in. 

Speaking to reporters at Nikkatsu on Friday, Kadokawa said he first read the 2002 novel while in prison on drug charges and that, though the theme seemed heavy, he saw “a strong comic element in the material” that he plans to underline with “a large helping of CG effects.”

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Steve Biodrowski

Cinefantastique's Los Angeles Correspondent from 1987 to 1993 and West Coast Editor from 1993 to 1999. Currently the webmaster of Cinefantastique Online, I also run a website called Hollywood Gothique that covers Halloween Horror and Sci-Fi Cinema Events in the Los Angeles area.

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