Hideo Nakata is In for Crime Thriller Out

Japanese director Hideo Nakata is most known for directing the film that pretty much single-handedly ushered in long hair ghost movie genre with “Ring” and its contemporaries, including a couple of the remakes, but he seems ready to ditch one pissed off female ghost for a pissed off wife and her co-workers. Nakata is currently attached to direct the crime thriller “Out”, based on the 1997 novel by Natsuo Kirino, for New Line Cinema, making this an American movie for Hollywood. Screenwriting duties fall to Joe Forte, which further convinces me they’ll probably change the original story from a Japanese one to an American version. After reading the plot of the novel, I think it could work, although a lot of the “suffering Japanese woman” pathos may be lost in translation.

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Drama, the first Kirino novel to be published in English, revolves around a Tokyo woman who murders her abusive husband and enlists three fellow factory workers to cut up and dispose of the body.

Here’s a longer synopsis of the book from Amazon.com:

Four women who work the night shift in a Tokyo factory that produces boxed lunches find their lives twisted beyond repair in this grimly compelling crime novel, which won Japan’s top mystery award, the Grand Prix, for its already heralded author, now making her first appearance in English. Despite the female bonding, this dark, violent novel is more evocative of Gogol or Dostoyevsky than Thelma and Louise. When Yayoi, the youngest and prettiest of the women, strangles her philandering gambler husband with his own belt in an explosion of rage, she turns instinctively for help to her co-worker Masako, an older and wiser woman whose own family life has fallen apart in less dramatic fashion. To help her cut up and get rid of the dead body, Masako recruits Yoshie and Kuniko, two fellow factory workers caught up in other kinds of domestic traps. In Snyder’s smoothly unobtrusive translation, all of Kirino’s characters are touching and believable. And even when the action stretches to include a slick loan shark from Masako’s previous life and a pathetically lost and lonely man of mixed Japanese and Brazilian parentage, the gritty realism of everyday existence in the underbelly of Japan’s consumer society comes across with pungent force.

Of course, this proves my theory that you should never, ever piss off your wife or girlfriend, especially if they have friends willing to help them cut you up into little pieces and dispose of you.

Hideo Nakata is In for Crime Thriller Out