Daily Archives: February 7, 2005

Hollywood Makes the Call

The trend for Hollywood remakes of Japanese horror flicks looks set to continue. The latest plan is to do a new version of last year’s hit “Chakushin Ari” (One Missed Call). Directed by Miike Takashi (44), it starred Shibasaki Kou and had the tag line of “Death cannot be put on hold…” The new movie was announced at a press conference Saturday for the Japanese sequel, which stars up and coming actress Mimura (20) and Seto Asaka (28). As with the original, “Chakushin Ari 2” is based on the keitai culture, with a “chaku-melo” (ring melody) signalling imminent death.

• The US anime “Hi Hi Puffy YumiAmi” is to make its way across the Pacific. Starring the pop duo Puffy, the series has been a hit since last November on the Cartoon Network. It will air in Japan on the SkyPerfect satellite channel from November. There’ll be a chance to get a sneak preview at next month’s Tokyo International Anime Fair.