Presented by Japan Foundation

North American premiere
Cheval Noir Competition Selection 2018

Laplace's Witch

Directed by Takashi Miike

Thu July 19, 2018
9:15 PM

Auditorium des diplômés de la SGWU (Théâtre Hall)



Takashi Miike


Hiroyuki Yatsu


Sho Sakurai, Suzu Hirose, Sota Fukushi, Etsuji Toyokawa, Rei Dan, Lily Franky, Tao Okamoto, Eriko Sato


Keigo Higashino


The Toho Copan

Japan 2018 116 mins OV Japanese Subtitles : English
Genre FantasyHorrorThriller

Official selection

Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival 2018

Somewhere in Japan, a body has been discovered. A dead body, found by a hot spring in a scenic winter setting. And then another, in the same place. Both victims died rather unusually of hydrogen sulphide poisoning, so the police consult geochemistry professor Shusuke Aoe (Sho Sakurai, star of Miike's YATTERMAN) to see if it could possibly be murder. As such a thing could only happen if the killer had precise knowledge of all of the surrounding geological conditions in the area, it's a pretty far-fetched notion, until Aoe meets Madoka Uhara (Suzu Hirose), who happen to possess such knowledge. This will lead the professor and the police down an unexpected path, into a world where the supernatural, the mystical and our reality meet, and a battle between life, death and the realms that exists beyond them both.

For as long as there has been a Fantasia, there have been Takashi Miike movies (and Miike himself in 2016). We've screened Miike movies at every Fantasia but two, and it truly warms our heart to bring his new films to Montreal audiences on an annual basis, so we're especially excited to offer the North American Premiere of LAPLACE'S WITCH at Fantasia 2018. It's been interesting to see Miike's transition over the years from the enfant terrible of Asian cinema to respected international auteur to one of Japan's most successful commercial filmmakers, and still not lose his individuality, and LAPLACE'S WITCH is an excellent example of that. Based on the best-selling novel by Keigo Higashino, it's a not just a murder mystery because in Miike's hands it's also an otherworldly journey into the unknown, and only Miike could take such a balance and make it work as well as it does. It's also a damn entertaining piece of polished, commercial filmmaking (nothing wrong with that when it's done right) and a satisfying night of Fantasia moviegoing, Miike style. Longtime fans (and new ones) will no be disappointed. - Matthew Kiernan


Thu July 19, 2018
9:15 PM

Auditorium des diplômés de la SGWU (Théâtre Hall)