Thursday, December 14, 2006

Movie Matome 14/12/06

A great quote from Miike Takashi about his upcoming "Sukiyaki Western: Jango Django" (previously covered here and here): "Japanese films these days aren't willing to take risks. Some try to copy a hit formula, others are based on bestsellers and so on. It's boring to keep doing the same thing, so we wanted to try our hand at something new. Plus, this cast has the potential to blow all that other stuff away." And he may very well be right, with supporting players of the calibre of Kagawa Teruyuki, Ishibashi Takaaki, Matsushige Yutaka, Shiomi Sansei, Ishibashi Renji, Sakai Masato, Tanaka Yoji, Oguri Shun and Nishida Toshiyuki, not to mention a script by Miike regular Nakamura Masa. (source: Cinematopics)

A few additions and clarifications to yesterday's story on the new Nagasawa Masami pic: the 19-year-old plays a supermodel named Takigawa Karin who tries to reconnect with her childhood love after being diagnosed with an illness. Hirakawa Yuichi will be making his feature film directorial debut, having previously worked with Nagasawa on the recent TV remake of "Sailor Suit and Machine Gun" as well as Yamada Takayuki on "Crying Out Love, in the Center of the World". Filming takes place from January 7th through to late February, and Toho are distributing.

Speaking of Toho, the period from January to November this year saw the company register its biggest ever year at the box office. Of the 27 films it released, 15 made over 1 billion yen with Miyazaki Goro's "Tales from Earthsea" and its haul of ï¿¥7,650,000,000 topping the list. This marks the third year in a row that Toho has generated box office revenue exceeding 50 billion yen. (sources: Sports Hochi, Sanspo, Daily Sports)

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