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Hk FilMart: Toho Shows Claws With Internet Fantasy Novel Adaptation ‘Cats’

23 March 2015 4:02 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Takeru Sato (“Rurouni Kenshin”) and Japanese actress Miyazaki Aoi (“The Chart of Love”) star in “If Cats Disappeared From the World,” a fantasy film that is an adaptation of a popular Internet novel. The film is the only new title being pitched at FilMart by Toho, Japan’s leading film conglomerate.

Akira Nagai (“Judge!”) directed and Kei Haruna (“Crying Out for Love in the Center of the World”) produced.

The story features a terminally ill postman who hears a devil telling him that he can live another day if he eliminates one thing from the world. The original novel was written by film producer Genki Kawamura and published on Line, the instant messaging application that is currently the largest social network in Japan.

Now in post-production, “Cats” shot in Hokkaido, Japan, and Buenos Aires. Toho will handle local Japanese distribution at an undetermined date next year, as well as representing international sales. »

- Sonia Kil

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Japan's Toho brings 'Cats' to Filmart

22 March 2015 9:18 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Japan’s Toho Company is launching sales on If Cats Disappeared From The World at Hong Kong Filmart.

Directed by Akira Nagai (Judge!), the film stars Takeru Sato (Ruroni Kenshin) and Aoi Miyazaki (The Great Passage, The Chart of Love).

Screenwriter Yoshikazu Okada (Be With You) is adapting the story from the bestselling novel by Genki Kawamura, producer of films such as Trainman, Parasyte and Confessions. 

If Cats Disappeared From The World follows a postman with a cat who finds out he has a brain tumor and is told by a devil that he needs to eliminate a variety of things from the world if he wants to live longer.

Currently in production, the film is produced by Kei Haruna (Crying Out Love In The Center Of The World). »

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