November 14, 2006


I don't know if anything much has turned up about this, but Sion Sono's next film takes J-horror to its logical conclusion. First it was dead girls with long, black hair. Then it was their wigs. Now it's their hair extensions: EXTE!

Fortunately, EXTE is redeemable because it's so far over the top (at least judging by the promo reel) that the top becomes the new bottom and it stars stalwart Ren Osugi and everyone's favorite Chiaki Kuriyama:

"What if extensions carried the grudge of the individual to which the hair originally belonged and started attacking people wearing it at random?

Customs agents discover a huge amount of human hair used as materials for 'hair extensions' along with the dead body of a young girl with a shaved head. With the corpse being soon transported by the police, the results of the autopsy determine that the woman's internal organs have been harvested. the possibility is pointed out that she was kidnapped in some foreign country and was a victim of black market human organ racketeering ring. A sinister, fearless smirk comes over Yamazaki, the morgue night watchman.

[Note: this is a job that should be eliminated immediately as morgue night watchmen, as a rule, wind up being insane killers and deviants]

Yuko is a young wannabe hair stylist apprenticing at the Gilles de Rais [Note: ha ha] hair salon. After working late each day, after returning home, she tirelessly practices her skills on head mannequins with wigs. One day, her sister, Kiyomi, forcibly entrusts her eight-year-old daughter, Mami, to Yuko. For some reason, Mami is abnormally timid and frightened and has several wounds on her body from abuse.

Meanwhile, Yamazaki cuddles up with the corpse of the girl he stole from the morgue which now occupies his room. Hair has become to grow from her head once again, not only from her head but from where her organs were removed: the scars of her stomach and even her empty eye socket.

Later, Yamazaki shows up at Yuko's salon with Mami who got lost looking for Yuko. Yamazaki takes one look at Yuko and is captivated by her lovely flowing hair...

Look for it in February 2007.

Sion Sono's EXTE

November 14, 2006 at 07:47 AM in News | Permalink


Simpsons did it! Simpsons did it!

Posted by: Kevin Ma | Nov 14, 2006 10:31:13 AM

I really want to dismiss this, but the two Sion Sono that I have seen have been amazing (Suicide Club & Strange Circus). I guess we wait and see.

Posted by: Brian McFadden | Nov 14, 2006 5:33:35 PM

I've lived in several different places where you could say one word - "tumbleweave", and people would know exactly what you were talking about... those abandonded scraps of hair extensions that blow down the sidewalk and gutter, accumulating other little bits of trash and other abandoned hair extensions, until you end up with these surprisingly large, nasty, free-roaming weaves that are pretty much an East Coast urban equivilent to the tumbleweed people from the American West are so familiar with. Only you wouldn't want to actually touch a tumbleweave.

This is one film that DEMANDS a US remake.

Posted by: Rhythm-X | Nov 14, 2006 6:06:40 PM

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