Sadako vs. Kayako Film Brings Together Ring, Ju-On Franchises
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Kadokawa announced on Thursday that it has green-lit a movie titled Sadako vs. Kayako, which will bring together the iconic horror film characters Sadako from Kadokawa's Ring franchise and Kayako from NBCUniversal's Ju-on franchise. The film will star Mizuki Yamamoto, and is slated to open in June 2016. Kōji Shiraishi (The Curse, A Record of Sweet Murder) is directing the film. Kadokawa also began streaming a teaser for the film on Thursday.
Yamamoto (Hunter × Hunter -The Last Mission-, live-action Daily Lives of High School Boys) will play the character Yūri Kurahashi, who is caught between Sadako and Kayako. This will be Yamamoto's first horror film, but she stated that she is a fan of horror films, especially Shiraishi's The Curse. Yamamoto commented that her character Yūri has a strong sense of justice.
The latest film in the Ju-on series, Ju-on: The Final, opened in Japan on June 20. The film was marketed as the "final" film in the series. The first film in the series received a Hollywood remake in 2004, and had two sequel films. Sam Raimi is producing a planned reboot of the films.
The Ring horror film franchise is based on Koji Suzuki's novel of the same name. The franchise has received five films, as well as the two Sadako 3D films. The first film received a Hollywood remake in 2002, and had two sequels. A new Hollywood film titled Rings is in production, and will open on April 1, 2016.
The website of Ju-on: The Final previously ran an April Fools joke on its website that promoted a then non-existant "Sadako vs. Kayako" crossover film.