SAKURAN Director Mika Ninagawa Returns With HELTER SKELTER

Andrew Mack, Contributing Writer
Photographer turned director Mika Ninagawa is returning to the big screen with an adaptation of the 2003 manga Helter Skelter. Her first film, Sakuran back in 2007, found a lot of favor among the writers here at Twitch. 

The film also marks the return to the big screen of Jill of all trades - Erika Sawajiri. The actress, model, gravure model and pop singer  fell out of favor with Japan's entertainment industry after a less than adequate appearance during a press conference at the Pusan International Film Festival in 2007. 

The story revolves around a woman named Ririko (Sawajiri), a top model in the entertainment industry. However, her perfect beauty has been attained entirely through plastic surgery, a secret that she cannot reveal to anyone.

So after a near five year absence from the big screen it will be interesting to see what Ninagawa and Sawajiri bring for us. I expect dazzling and sumptuous visuals from Ninagawa. I expect... good looks... from Sawajiri? 

Additional cast include "Omori Nao as a prosecutor investigating an incident at the clinic where Ririko underwent surgery, Terajima Shinobu as Ririko's manager, Mizuhara Kiko as a younger model, Kubozuka Yosuke as Ririko's boyfriend, Momoi Kaori as the president of Ririko's agency, and Harada Mieko as the head of the clinic. Ayano Go, Arai Hirofumi, Suzuki Anne, Terajima Susumu, and Aikawa Sho have also been cast".


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