Canadian Premiere
Cheval Noir Competition

It Comes

Directed by Tetsuya Nakashima



Tetsuya Nakashima


Tetsuya Nakashima, Hideto Iwai, Nobuhiro Kadoma


Junichi Okada, Haru Kuroki, Takako Matsu, Nana Komatsu


Toho Company

Japan 2018 135 mins OV Japanese
Genre DramaThrillerHorror

Hideki (Satoshi Tsumabuki of FOR LOVE'S SAKE) and Kana (Haru Kuroki, THE BRIDE OF RIP VAN WINKLE) are the embodiment of happiness. Recently married, the Taharas are now waiting for their first-born. They're glowing! When a mysterious guest at work talks to his colleague about a certain Chisa, Hideki is dumbstruck. Chisa is the name he and Kana had planned to give their daughter, a decision they had kept to themselves. What's worst, the friend who had spoken to the stranger suddenly dies under horrid circumstances. Two years later, convinced that a supernatural force is threatening his family, Hideki reaches out to Nozaki (Junichi Okada, THE FABLE), a writer specializing in the occult, and his clairvoyant girlfriend Makoto (Nana Komatsu, BAKUMAN) to rid himself of the entity that is casting a shadow on his happiness, which, as it turns out, may not be as genuine as it seems. To tell you anything more beyond this point about this completely bonkers horror tale would ruin the many surprises waiting in the impressive IT COMES...

Throughout his career, auteur Tetsuya Nakashima has never been afraid of straying off the path to be innovative, with form as well as content. For example, look at Fantasia classics like KAMIKAZE GIRLS and MEMORIES OF MATSUKO, or the heart-wrenching CONFESSIONS. While Nakashima has always been interested in exploring the dark corners of the human psyche, he tackles the supernatural horror genre for the first time with IT COMES, an adaptation of Ichi Sawamura's famous novel, with a colourful, comic-book aesthetic recalls that the cinema of Nobuhiko Obayashi (HOUSE). To say that the filmmaker plunges headfirst into visual and narrative eccentricity would be an understatement. Nothing can prepare horror fans for the flood of gripping twists and perturbing images that IT COMES parades before their astounded eyes. One thing is certain, however. Those who squeeze this picture into their tight schedule will have one hell of a good time. – Translation: Guillaume Desbiens