'Grudge' director Shimizu in 'Shock'

Making next pic in 3D; Fortissimo repping

SEOUL -- "The Shock Labyrinth," the latest film from "The Grudge" director Takashi Shimizu, is to be a 3D live-action movie represented in international markets by Fortissimo Films.

The story takes place in a theme park near Mount Fuji and follows a group of teens dealing with the shock return of a friend they had assumed to be dead.

Produced by Japan's Asmik Ace, the film also marks Shimizu's return to genre filmmaking after a hiatus of several years.

"The production represented a great challenge in creating a brand new way of expressing fear and telling a dramatic story via the medium of 3-D film. I hope as many of you as possible will find yourselves trapped in my labyrinth and enjoy the experience," he said.

The film is in postproduction, having begun principal photography in early July.

Produced by Ogura Jimusyo's Satoru Ogura, Asmik Ace's Masayuki Tanishima and Dai Miyazaki, "Shock" features Japan's up-and-coming young actors including Yuya Yagira (best actor, Cannes 2004 for "Nobody Knows", Misako Renbutsu, Ryo Katsuji, Ai Maeda and Erina Mizuno, as well as the celebrated character actor Suzuki Matsuo. The script is by Daisuke Hosaka.

Fortissimo is also handling international rights on Asmik's whimsical fantasy "Air Doll," which opened in Un Certain Regard at Cannes this year and the upcoming "Norwegian Wood," directed by Tran Anh Hung and based on the novel by Haruki Murakami.