Friday, December 15, 2006

Movie Matome 15/12/06

Following on from yesterday's bit about Toho, the studio have also unveiled their 21-film lineup for 2007. Of that number, seven are co-productions with Fuji TV, five are with Nihon TV, TBS and Asahi have three each, and TV Tokyo has two. (source:

"The Mamiya Brothers" and "Shining Boy & Little Randy" actress Tokiwa Takako has a new film opening on January 20th entitled "Fudeko: Sono Ai - Tenshi no Piano". Directed by Yamada Hisako and co-starring Ichikawa Emiya, Ogura Ichiro and Watanabe Azusa, it's a biopic of education pioneer Ishii Fudeko that focuses on her efforts to establish Takinogawa Gakuen, Japan's first ever facility for children with intellectual disabilities. (source: Nikkan Sports)

Cinema Cafe's report on yesterday's press conference announcing the production of Izutsu Kazuyuki's "Pacchigi 2: Love and Peace" (previously covered here) has pictures of stars Isaka Shunya, Nishijima Hidetoshi, Nakamura Yuri, Fujii Takashi, and the director himself. The sequel's setting switches from Kyoto in 1968 to Tokyo in 1974, with its sights set on the discrimination and adversity posed by the adult world instead of the high school love story running through the original. Filming began in late October and is still going with a 300-strong cast, over 5,000 extras, and numerous Korean actors. The first film was shown on roughly 100 screens in Japan plus Cine Quanon's own cinema in South Korea, but this time CQN and co-distributors Showbox are working towards a simultaneous release in Japan and South Korea for May next year on double the amount of screens in Japan and potentially 600 in South Korea. (additional sources: Nikkan Sports, Sanspo)

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