Magazine article Screen International

Okuyama to Produce Fukada's Sayonara

Magazine article Screen International

Okuyama to Produce Fukada's Sayonara

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EXCLUSIVE: Fukushima-themed sci-fi drama likely to be French co-production.

Japanese director Koji Fukada, whose Au revoir l'ete premiered in Tokyo competition last month and made its international premiere at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, has recruited veteran producer Kazuyoshi Okuyama [pictured] for his next project, Sayonara, based on an android theatre play of the same title.

Au revoir l'ete recently won the Montgolfière d'or and the Prix de jury jeune at the Festival des 3 Continents Nantes. Fukada's award-winning Hospitalite also attracted attention at festivals such as New York, Rotterdam and Tokyo.

Speaking to ScreenDaily in Tallinn, where Au revoir l'ete is playing in the EurAsia competition, the director said his next project, Sayonara, will be produced by the former Shochiku main producer Kazuyoshi Okuyama, whose credits include Takeshi Kitano's Sonatine and recent Hitoshi Matsumoto comedy R100.

"His production company Team Okuyama will produce and we're working on a deal to make it a co-production with France," said the director.

The project will star Hospitalite lead Bryerly Long, an American actress based in Japan who has played the lead role in the short theatre version of Sayonara. …

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