Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Iwai Shunji and Brett Ratner: the new Chan and Tucker?

Shimizu Takashi, Nakata Hideo, Tsuruta Norio, Kitamura Ryuichi... and now Iwai Shunji?! Although he's hardly the kind of filmmaker you'd expect to see directing an American film one day, that's exactly what he's done with an instalment of the omnibus production "New York, I Love You", which will screen as a work in progress in the Toronto International Film Festival's Special Presentations category. Iwai has been popping up in snapshots on U.S.-based producer Ichise Taka's blog for a wee while now, so now we know what he's been doing stateside. Not much is known about the content of Iwai's contribution except that Orlando Bloom and Christina Ricci will star (no idea if any Japanese actors appear). Apart from his 2006 Ichikawa Kon documentary and various screenplay credits under the nom-de-plume "Amino-san", this will be his first dramatic work since "Hana and Alice" back in 2004.


  1. [...] Shunji Iwai (Love Letter) participe au projet New York, je t’aime (voir le teaser). À quand un nouveau film [...]

  2. Iwai made an appearance here in Los Angeles as part of a UCLA retrospective on Kon Ichikawa. We invited him to speak on the director's life and accomplishments, but was pretty quiet about his own projects. He had just flown in at the time from New York, literally days before we had the Q&A with him. Also, I don't know if it's still on IMDb, but he told me he's longer working with Ryuichi Kitamura on their collab. Personally, I don't know why he never got the big bucks blockbuster offers of his colleagues after his smash hit "Love Letter." I think he'd take the work.