PUZZLE: New Thriller from Kadokawa
A boy feels an intense connection to a girl holding a deep darkness within her heart. When the lives of these two people overlap, the last piece fits into place and reality becomes distorted…
A new film adaptation of Yusuke Yamada’s runaway bestseller; a masterpiece of movie madness!
PUZZLE (パズル, Pazuru), the new thriller from Kadokawa, will open at the Human Trust Cinema Shibuya, Cine Libre Umeda, 109 Cinemas Nagoya, and other theaters across Japan on Saturday, March 8th. The film is based on the 2004 novel of the same name by Yusuke Yamada, previously adapted as a four episode series that aired on TV Asahi in 2007.
PUZZLE is directed by Eisuke Naito, whose short film LET’S MAKE THE TEACHER HAVE A MISCARRIAGE CLUB (先生を流産させる会, Sensei o Ryuuzan sa Seru-Kai) played at international festivals in 2012. The cast is headlined by actress/model Kaho (GAMERA THE BRAVE, TRICK THE MOVIE: PSYCHIC BATTLE ROYAL, TIME SCOOP HUNTER) and rising star Shuhei Nomura (PHONE CALL TO THE BAR, DAILY LIVES OF HIGH SCHOOL BOYS), with Kazuya Takahashi (SHIELD OF STRAW) and Kokone Sasaki (YAKUZA WEAPON, HELLO MY DOLLY GIRLFRIEND) in supporting roles.
Kaho plays Azusa Nakamura, a student at Noriaki Hall High School who leaps from the building’s roof in an apparent suicide attempt. The act is witnessed by another student, Shigeo Yuasa (Shuhei Nomura). Shigeo visits Azusa whiles she convalescences, leaving behind an envelope containing a piece to a puzzle.
Shortly after Azusa returns to class, the school is invaded and occupied by armed terrorists wearing bizarre masks. As the students and faculty struggle to survive the attackers’ onslaught, Azusa realizes the puzzle piece holds the key to getting out alive.
Japanese Theatrical Release Date: March 8, 2014
Running Time: 85 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope
Rating: R-15 +
Azusa Nakamura: Kaho
Shigeo Yuasa: Shuhei Nomura
Keiji Mitome: Kazuya Takahashi
Chairman Takai: Baku Ohwada
Mrs. Yuasa: Saori Yagi
Teacher Yasuda: Kokone Sasaki
Director: Eisuke Naito
Original Novel: Puzzle by Yusuke Yamada (Kadokawa Shoten Publishing Co., Ltd)
Screenplay: Makoto Sasaki, Eisuke Naito
Executive Producer: Shinichiro Inoue
Producers: Takeshi Yasuda, Masahiko Mizuguchi, Shu Onuma
Supervising Producer: Shinji Ogawa
Line Producer: Yoshihiro Suzuki
Planning: Tsuyoshi Kikuchi
Cinematographer: Yoko Itakura
Lighting: Toshio Suzuki
Sound Recording: Akira Fukada
Art Director: Norifumi Ataka
Editor: Masahiro Onaga
Film Production: Bridgehead
Co-Producer: Dragonfly Entertainment
PUZZLE Production Committee: Kadokawa, Pony Canyon, Dentsu
Distributor: Kadokawa Shoten Co., Ltd.
© 2014 PUZZLE Production Committee