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Japan's Hirokazu Kore-eda Reveals Plans for Next Film

10 January 2017 10:03 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

International festival favorite Hirokazu Kore-eda's new film will center on a court case in which Masaharu Fukuyama plays a successful lawyer defending a convicted murderer, played by Koji Yakusho (Memoirs of a Geisha).

Fukuyama also starred in Kore-eda's Like Father, Like Son, which won the grand jury prize at Cannes in 2013 and was picked up by Steven Spielberg, who headed the jury that year, for a DreamWorks remake.

Kore-eda's films have been selected for competition at Cannes four times, the most recent entry being Our Little Sister in 2015.

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Hirokazu Koreeda to Reunite With Masaharu Fukuyama for New Movie

10 January 2017 1:34 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hirokazu Koreeda, the Japanese director who is a darling of the international festival circuit (“Air Doll,” “Our LIttle Sister”,) has revealed that his next film will reunite him with Masaharu Fukuyama, star of Koreeda’s 2013 hit family drama “Like Father, Like Son.” The script is a Koreeda original.

Fukuyama plays a hotshot winning-is-everything lawyer who reluctantly defends a convicted killer and ex-convict played by Koji Yakusho (“The Last Ronin,” “Memoirs of a Geisha”) charged with another murder.

The film will shoot from mid-January to March with a September release planned. Distribution in Japan will be jointly by Gaga and Toho. The international sales agent has not yet been settled.

Describing the film’s protagonist, Koreeda said in a statement: “He is a person whose professional credo is that he doesn’t need to know the truth. He takes a certain pride in that. But in dealing with what looks at »

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