Saturday, December 09, 2006

Movie Matome 9/12/06

"Umizaru" director Hasumi Eiichiro's next movie is an ensemble youth drama about mogul skiing entitled "Giniro no Shizun" (lit. "Silver Season"), starring Eita, Tanaka Rena and Tamayama Tetsuji. Using an original screenplay by "A Song to the Sun" (Taiyo no Uta) scribe Bando Kenji, the story follows a former national mogul skiing representative who loses his mojo after an injury, but regains it with the help of his friends and a girl he meets on the slopes. Filming takes place at the Hakuba skifields in Nagano from next January, and the cast and crew will be living on set for 3-4 months. A special mogul course and snow chapel are being made for the shoot, including an indoor set built within a local gymnasium, with the full cooperation of Hakuba Village. Distributor Toho has scheduled a release for winter 2007. (sources: Sanspo, Nikkan Sports, Cinema Today)

Watanabe Ken has won this year's SARVH (Society for Administration of Remuneration for Video) award from the Japan Film Makers Association for executive producing "Memories of Tomorrow" (Ashita no Kioku), in which he also starred alongside Higuchi Kanako. In the JMFA's Shindo Kaneto awards, Makino Masahiro (better known as actor Tsugawa Masahiko) garnered the gold for directing "A Hardest Night" (Nezu no Ban), while Ogigami Naoko picked up the silver as best newcomer for "Kamome Diner" (Kamome Shokudo). (source: Nikkan Sports)

Five-part omnibus film "Life Can Be So Wonderful" (Sekai wa Tokidoki Utsukushii), screened at this year's Tokyo International Film Festival, stars Matsuda Ryuhei, his mum Matsuda Miyuki, Ichikawa Mikako, Katayama Hitomi, Asami Reina, and Emoto Akira. It's the debut feature of director Minorikawa Osamu, who filmed the first part with Matsuda Miyuki back in 2003 before completing the omnibus this year. The movie opens at Eurospace in Tokyo next spring. (source: Cinematopics)

Model/actress Eikura Nana and Maki Daisuke from pop R&B group Exile are to play a student and teacher involved in an illicit romance in "Shibuya-ku Maruyama-cho". The title is taken from a district of Tokyo's Shibuya ward well known for its numerous love hotels. (source: Nikkan Sports)

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