Monday, November 20, 2006

The sun sets again on third street

Yamazaki Takashi's nostalgic smash hit from 2005, "Always: Sunset on Third Street" (Always: Sanchome no Yuhi, click on the link to see a preview image), is getting a sequel. Original cast members Yoshioka Hidetaka, Koyuki, Suga Kenta, Tsutsumi Shinichi, Yakushimaru Hiroko, Motai Masako, Miura Tomokazu and Horikita Maki are all set to return, as is director Yamazaki.

The story takes place four months after the events of the last movie. Chagawa (Yoshioka), still besotted with Hiromi (Koyuki) and living with orphan Junnosuke (Suga), becomes determined to take another tilt at winning the Akutagawa literary prize.

"At the time I was told there wouldn't be a second film, so [when talk of a sequel was raised] I wondered what the hell they were talking about (laughs)" said Yamazaki. "Since we're doing one now, I want to surpass the first film. I think the opening's going to be breathtaking."

Showa-era Tokyo will be recreated once again using a blend of sets and visual effects, with highlights including Nihonbashi Bridge, the newly opened Kodama bullet train, Tokyo Station and Haneda Airport.

The original "Always" raked in 3.5 billion yen at the box office and was seen by over 2.8 million people, and Toho have set themselves the modest goal of achieving 10 million admissions for the sequel. Cameras roll from next January, and a release is scheduled for November 2007. (source: Sports Hochi)

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