Nami (Kumi Takiuchi) is a young woman with numerous hangups sprouting from a dysfunctional childhood. She inherits a small fortune that allows her to pursue various interests, many of which are highly abnormal. For example, Nami loves to spy on people who, not unlike herself, have gone crazy from loneliness. She calls these people "solitarians.” Perhaps due to a father fixation, her favourite spying targets are old men with stiff boners. One fateful day, Nami spies on an elderly gentleman (Takashi Sasano) watching porn DVDs at home. She soon transitions from a peeping tom into a full-fledged stalker.
Director Eiji Uchida was born in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, which has continued to be an influence even after going back to Japan. In his twenties he worked as a journalist for Playboy magazine. After leaving that job he started working as a scriptwriter and soon moved on to directing as well. Greatful Dead (and yes, that is the correct spelling of the title) is Uchida's tenth feature as director, but his previous films have gone largely unseen in the West.
Uchida had this to say about the film:
"There are many works dealing with religion. The idea to start creating Greatful Dead was difficult as movies with the theme of a religion are unpopular in Japan. However, Takashi Sasano, who is a very famous actor representing Japan in many internationally acclaimed films such as Departures was happy with the script and chose to be in the film which allowed the film to progress to what it is today."
The film stars Kumi Takiuchi (The Ravine of Goodbye), Takashi Sasano (Departures, Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai, Bright Future) and Kim Kkobbi (Breathless, Pluto)
Greatful Dead will be released on UK Blu-ray and DVD on 26th January 2015 by Third Window Films at the RRP of £19.99 for te Blu-ray and £14.99 for the DVD.
Special features will include an interview with director Eiji Uchida.