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‘Departures’ Star Masahiro Motoki on Board for Miwa Nishikawa’s ‘Long Excuse’

18 August 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tokyo – “Departures” star Masahiro Motoki will head the cast of hot auteur Miwa Nishikawa’s new film “The Long Excuse.”

The movie is a drama based on her own novel about a writer in mourning after losing his wife in an accident.

Motoki, played the apprentice undertaker in the 2008 Oscar winner “Departures.”

Eri Fukatsu, who starred in Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Cannes entry “Journey to the Shore,” will play the writer’s wife. Pistol Takehara, a boxer turned performer, plays the writer’s similarly bereaved truck driver acquaintance.

The film was presented at Busan’s Asian Project Market last year and is scheduled to wrap in December. It is set for a 2016 release with Asmik Ace Entertainment distributing.

Nishikawa’s previous work includes the 2012 “Dreams for Sale,” which premiered at Toronto and also screened at festivals in Vancouver, London and New York.


- Mark Schilling

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Shochiku lines up Yoji Yamada duo

17 May 2015 5:05 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Japanese studio Shochiku is launching sales on two new projects from leading director Yoji Yamada – a drama based on a Hisashi Inoue story and the director’s first comedy since the end of the Tora-san series in 1995.

The drama, Haha To Kuraseba (literal translation: Living With My Mother) is currently in production with Sayuri Yoshinaga (Kabei: Our Mother) and Kazunari Ninomiya (Letters From Iwo Jima) heading the cast.

The story follows a midwife in Nagasaki who is stunned when she is visited by her son who she thought had died three years earlier when an atomic bomb fell on the city. Japanese release is tentatively scheduled for Winter 2015.

Currently in post-production, the comedy Kazoku Wa Tsuraiyo! stars most of the cast from Yamada’s Tokyo Family, including Isao Hashizume, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Masahiko Nishimura and Yui Natsukawa.

The story follows an older couple who decide to divorce after 50 years of marriage, and the efforts »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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