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JAPANESE FILMS IN CANNES


Tokyo Family (working title)


Sadako 3D


The well-dwelling spirit from the cult Ring franchise is resurrected in this high-tech 3D reboot directed by multi-hyphenate Tsutomu Hanabusa (The Handsome Suit). Satomi Ishihara plays young teacher Akane, who investigates the source of an online video that apparently drives people to commit suicide when viewed. Akane must enter an otherworldly realm to rescue her childhood sweetheart (Koji Seto) but is not prepared for the deadly insect-like form taken by vengeful Sadako. The cast also includes Himizu star Shota Sometani. The 3D work is used effectively in the ‘leaping from the screen’ moments and also to heighten tension. Kadokawa will premiere the finished film here in Cannes. International sales Kadokawa


asako_suzuki@kadokawa.co.jp


The Outrage Beyond team


SPEC — Heaven


A $20m top-10 hit in Japan, this thriller is based on a popular TV show, which is also set for a remake for US television by Heroes star Masi Oka. SPEC — Heaven stars Ryo Kase (Like Someone In Love), whose international profile is quickly rising, and Erika Toda as detectives transferred to a spe- cial-cases unit to track down criminals with superhuman powers. Directed by versatile film-maker Yukihiko Tsutsumi (Hayabusa, 20th Century Boys series, 2LDK), the film also stars Chiaki Kuriyama (Kill Bill: Vol 1), Ryuno- suke Kamiki and Kippei Shiina. International sales TBS


prosales@tbs.co.jp Outrage Beyond


Takeshi Kitano (pictured above, centre) writes and directs his first-ever sequel, upping the ante on 2010 Cannes Competition entry Outrage. Kitano, who stars once again despite his character seemingly having been killed in the original, emerges from prison to become ensnared in a nationwide yakuza feud and police crackdown. Toshiyuki Nishida leads the cast of new faces, with Ryo Kase (who appears in Abbas Kiarostami’s Cannes Competition title Like Someone In Love) and Tomokazu Miura returning. Still shooting for an October 2012 release, Celluloid Dreams is starting to talk to international buyers at the market. International sales Celluloid Dreams


info@celluloid-dreams.com » www.screendaily.com May 2012 Screen International 15 n


Marking his 50th year behind the camera, Yoji Yamada (pictured below) director of Oscar-nominated The Twilight Samurai pays homage to Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Story in this simple yet affecting drama about a pair of ageing parents who journey to Tokyo to visit their grown-up children. Tokyo Family was delayed and rewritten to reflect the disaster of March 2011. The film stars Satoshi Tsumabuki (who also appears in the Midnight Screening title For Love’s Sake) and Aoi Yu. Still in production in Tokyo and Hiro- shima, footage and images remain under wraps but Shochiku is begin- ning to take bids for rights to this potential future classic. International sales Shochiku ibd@shochiku.co.jp


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