Thursday, July 13, 2006

The new Mifune Toshiro is - Oda Yuji?! "Sanjuro" remake announced

Kurosawa Akira's 1962 classic "Sanjuro" (Tsubaki Sanjuro) is to be remade with "Bayside Shakedown" star Oda Yuji (38) taking over the role synonymous with Mifune Toshiro, with "Kazoku Game" and "The Mamiya Brothers" director Morita Yoshimitsu (56) at the helm and Kadokawa Haruki (64) producing.

This will be the first time that one of Kurosawa's films has been remade in Japan. According to distributor Toho, the Kadokawa Haruki Corporation bought the remake rights for "Yojimbo" and "Sanjuro" from Kurosawa Productions for 300 million yen in May last year. Director Morita put himself forward to direct the latter film, suggesting that the remake remain true to the original but with a more pronounced comic touch, and also recommended Oda for the lead role.

Shooting begins in mid-September, and the cast are currently undergoing training for the fight scenes. The film will open in Japan next year. (sources: Nikkan Sports & Sanspo & Sponichi)

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