Cannes: Japanese Auteur Shinji Aoyama Preps Horror Pic

Japanese and Malaysian producers will collaborate to make a supernatural movie that represents a genre diversion for Japanese auteur Shinji Aoyama.

Currently titled “Shinji Aoyama’s True Horror Story,” the film is based on documented events about an estranged Japanese couple who venture into a plantation estate and experience a series of supernatural phenomena.

Aoyama, who is well-established on the festival circuit with credits including “Eureka,” “Sad Vacation” and “Tokyo Koen,” will shoot in early 2016 and has not yet set a cast.

Funding will be evenly split between the Japanese and Malaysian stakeholders. Malaysian distribution is already confirmed through Empire Film Solution. Japanese production company Roads to Shangri-la has signed on as a funding source in Japan. Japanese firm ColorBird will handle global sales outside of Malaysia.

Malayasia-based Barnet Books’ head of content Rahmat Adam will produce, alongside Colorbird’s Yasushi Miyamae.

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