Magazine article Screen International

Filmart 2015: Hot Titles - Japan

Magazine article Screen International

Filmart 2015: Hot Titles - Japan

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AI WO TSUMU HITO

Dir Yuzo Asahara

Romantic drama Ai Wo Tsumu Hito is based on Edward Mooney Jr's US-set novel The Pearls Of The Stone Man. Here the story is moved to the hills of Hokkaido where a couple move after retirement, dreaming of a peaceful existence. When his wife dies suddenly, the husband discovers letters she has written to guide him through life without her. The film stars Koichi Sato (Pandemic, Brass Knuckle Boys), Kanako Higuchi (Ashura), Keiko Kitagawa (The After-Dinner Mysteries, Judge!) and Shuhei Nomura (Phone Call To The Bar).

Contact Shochiku Co, Chiyo Mori chiyo_mori@shochiku.co.jp

IF CATS DISAPPEARED FROM THE WORLD

Dir Akira Nagai

Based on the novel by Genki Kawamura, If Cats Disappeared From The World tells the story of a 30-year-old postman who discovers he has a fatal brain tumour and is subsequently struck by visions of a devil who offers to extend his life. In production, the film is produced by Kei Haruna (Crying Out Love In The Center Of The World, Permanent Nobara) and stars Takeru Sato (Rurouni Kenshin) and Aoi Miyazaki (The Great Passage, The Chart Of Love). Shoichi Ato (Confessions, Parasyte) acts as cinematographer and the film is scheduled for 2016.

Contact Toho Co, Yusuke Kikuchi tohointl@toho.co.jp

LITTLE FOREST: WINTER & SPRING

Dir Junichi Mori

Little Forest is a four-part film shot over four seasons. The segments Winter and Summer screened in the Berlinale's Culinary Cinema section earlier this year. Ai Hashimoto (Confessions, The Kirishima Thing) and Takahiro Miura (Chronicle Of My Mother) star. The film follows a young woman who moves from the city back to her home village to farm rice and gather seasonal foods from nearby mountains and fields. As she survives with nature through the changing seasons, she rediscovers herself, recharges and grows.

Contact Shochiku Co, Chiyo Mori chiyo_mori@shochiku.co.jp

MAKE ROOM

Dir Kei Morikawa

Winner of Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival's Grand Prix last month, Kei Morikawa's Make Room has its market debut at Filmart. Morikawa draws from his experiences as a former adult-video director for this comedy set in the make-up room of a porn film shoot. The cast features Aki Morita (Sharing) and an ensemble of mostly Japanese porn stars including Beni Ito, Nanami Kawakami and Riri Kuribayashi. …

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