29 June 2012 1:24 AM, PDT | Nippon Cinema | See recent Nippon Cinema news »

On Wednesday it was announced that Koki Mitani will write and direct a film adaptation of his own historical novel Kiyosu Kaigi (lit. “Kiyosu Conference”), which was released on the day of the announcement.

According to the director, he woke up at 5am last Friday and spent 3 hours drawing an outline of the various characters on a white board.

The novel wrapped up a 12 months for the Mitani, who has been in the midst of commemorating his 50th year on planet Earth with four stage plays, a TV drama, a movie, and a divorce from his longtime wife Satomi Kobayashi thrown in for good measure. Now days away from turning 51, the director proclaimed that the movie will be the first step of his next 50 years, following in the footsteps of director Kaneto Shindo, who recently died at 100.

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