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Leonie -- A film about the life and relationships of the early 20th American educator, editor, and journalist Leonie Gilmour, the mother of the acclaimed artist and architect Isamu Noguchi.
Leonie -- In the lush tradition of the glorious films of Merchant and Ivory, comes the true life story of Leonie Gilmour (Emily Mortimer), whose life crossed continents, wars and cultures, embodied with courage and passion in search of art and freedom. As an independent young woman seeking to overcome the restrictive female roles in turn-of-the century America, she is retained by the famous Japanese poet, Yone Noguchi, as his editor. Their relationship evolves romantically, however Yone abruptly leaves when she shares with him that she is pregnant. Following him to Japan, she is cast alone to raise her son in a society with few opportunities for women. 

A tender and inspiring story of a remarkable woman who nurtures the amazing artistic talent of her son who has only one way to succeed and one person to guide him, as he grows into the world renown artist, Isamu Noguchi.

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Director:
Writers:
Masayo Duus (biography)
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Release Date:
2012 (USA) See more »
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A mother's courage and a clash of cultures inspire the artist that transcends both
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A film about the life and relationships of the early 20th American educator, editor, and journalist Leonie Gilmour, the mother of the acclaimed artist and architect Isamu Noguchi. | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Emily Mortimer ... Leonie

Shidô Nakamura ... Yone Noguchi

Christina Hendricks ... Catherine
Mieko Harada ... Umeko Tsuda

Jan Milligan ... Isamu Noguchi
Keiko Takeshita ... Setsu Koizumi
Takashi Kashiwabara ... Michihiko Kawada

Kelly Vitz ... Ailes Gilmour

Nichole Hiltz ... Ethel Ames
Kazuko Yoshiyuki ... Kiku

Jay Karnes ... Dr. Rumely

Marco St. John ... Routolo

Mary Kay Place ... Albiana
Louca Platon ... Iris - 5 years old
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julia Adams ... Bryn Mawr Professor 1892
Mike Agresta ... Art Gallery Patron
Kim Barnard ... Dance Instuctor

Brett Beoubay ... 1904 Police Officer
Tony Brewer ... Isamu - Newborn

Gaven Tomas' Brooks ... Pasadena Boy

Rob Brownstein ... Frederick Stokes

Melissa Caudle ... Maternity Ward Physician (as Dr. Melissa Caudle)

Edward R. Cox ... New York City Businessman
Yasuo Daichi ... Carpenter

Joe Fontana ... Carpet Merchant
Bowie Gunn ... Isamu Noguchi 2~4yrs

Ron Gural ... Professor Hobart
Russell M. Haeuser ... Market Street Worker

David Jensen ... Frederick Stokes

Kennon Kepper ... Bully
Masatoshi Nakamura ... Toshu Senda
Melody Noel ... Bryn Mawr College Student
Alexis Payment ... Bryn Mawr College Student

Holly Rochelle ... 1923 Businesswoman (as Holly Ladnier)

Lisa Mackel Smith ... Art Buyer
Saburô Teshigawara ... Sculptor
Daniel Vincent ... Art Gallery Patron

Patrick Weathers ... Charles Stoddard
Dane Brown ... Journalist (uncredited)
Trey Fuller ... Child Playing Marbles (uncredited)

Geraldine Glenn ... Older Secretary (uncredited)
Cynthia LeBlanc ... Businesswoman (uncredited)
Chaz Smith ... 1923 Businessman (uncredited)
Logan Douglas Smith ... Art Gallery Patron (uncredited)
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Directed by
Hisako Matsui 
 
Writing credits
Masayo Duus (biography)

Hisako Matsui (screenplay) &
David Wiener (screenplay)

Produced by
Patrick Aiello .... executive producer
Ashok Amritraj .... producer
Shûichi Fukatsu .... executive producer
Manu Gargi .... co-producer
Yûki Itô .... producer
Joyce Jun .... executive producer
Hisako Matsui .... producer
Masao Nagai .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek 
 
Cinematography by
Tetsuo Nagata 
 
Film Editing by
Craig Hayes 
Sabine Hoffmann 
 
Casting by
Emily Schweber 
 
Production Design by
Giles Masters 
Osamu Yamaguchi 
 
Art Direction by
Aaron Haye 
 
Set Decoration by
Luci Leary 
 
Costume Design by
Aggie Guerard Rodgers 
Kazuko Kurosawa 
 
Makeup Department
Martin Astles .... makeup effects sculptor
Etsuko Egawa .... special makeup effects artist
Adam Gaeta .... key hair stylist
Kevin Haney .... makeup artist (special makeup effects artist)
Paige Reeves .... makeup department head
Kent Richard .... additional hair stylist
Justin Stafford .... wig maker
Aimee Stuit .... makeup artist
Tony Ward .... department head hair
 
Production Management
Rankin Hickman .... production supervisor
Yari Schutzer .... unit production manager
Traceigh Scottel .... production supervisor: Los Olivos
Opender Singh .... production consultant
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yoshimasa Fujie .... assistant director
Takahiro Komura .... assistant director
Ed Licht .... first assistant director
Steve Lonano .... second assistant director
John M. White .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Melanie Aymami .... painter (as Melanie Burck)
Scott C. Bivona .... lead greensman
Chris Britt .... set dresser
Monique Champagne .... set decoration buyer
Carl Counts .... set dresser
Everette Eglin .... assistant art director
Jon Graubarth .... prop buyer
Zeph Hardy .... art department assistant
Beau Harrison .... on-set dresser
Molly Harrison .... set dresser/buyer
Roy Harrison .... set dresser
Roger Johnson .... graphic design
Giles Masters .... production designer: USA
Jason McDonough .... set dresser
Wright McFarland .... set designer
Scotty Morris .... leadman
Kazumi Osaka .... set dresser
Janna Roach .... prop assistant
Courtney Talbot .... art department coordinator
Keith Wall .... first assistant property
Bonham White .... painter
Jeri Woodward .... paint foreman
Randal Woodward .... lead scenic
Niko Zahlten .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Scott Brewster .... adr editor
Nash Cubero Jr. .... additional foley editor
Rene Defrancesch .... boom operator
Robert Dehn .... sound studio manager
Derek Deitz .... foley mixer
Michael Feuser .... adr mixer
Jason Gaya .... adr mixer
Corey J. Grasso .... adr mixer
Chad J. Hughes .... sound effects editor
Steven Iba .... adr mixer
Richard Kitting .... sound re-recording mixer
Yukio Kubota .... sound
Cliff Latimer .... adr supervisor
B.J. Lehn .... sound
James Morioka .... dialogue editor
Jay Nierenberg .... supervising sound editor
Daniel Norwick .... sound editor
Jonathan Pendergrass .... foley editor
Chris Terhune .... adr mixer
Jonathan Wales .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
Edward Joubert .... special effects technician
Harvey Lowry .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Pranay Agarwal .... digital compositor
Priyanka Balasubramanian .... visual effects sequence producer
Shraddha Belose .... digital artist: Prana Studios
Gabriel Bloomberg .... visual effects editor
Radha Krishnan Damodar .... digital matte painting artist: Prana Studios
Sean Findley .... visual effects supervisor
Robin Gala .... digital compositor
Jason Gottlieb .... visual effects supervisor: Post Mango
Samir Hoon .... visual effects supervisor
Samapika Karmakar .... roto/paint lead: Prana Studio
Maggie Kraisamutr .... digital compositor: Post Mango
Yateen Mahambrey .... visual effects lead
Cris Meira .... compositor
Troy Morgan .... visual effects artist
Manoj Nagar .... tech support
Bhakti Patwardhan .... visual effects producer
Ravi Shekhar .... roto/paint lead: Prana Studio
Aditya Talwar .... digital compositor
 
Stunts
Elton LeBlanc .... precision driver
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Grayson Austin .... camera operator: "a" camera
Grayson Austin .... steadicam operator
Robert Baird .... first assistant camera
Wesley Bryant .... lamp operator
Luke Cauthern .... grip
Jarrid Clinkinbeard .... rigging electrician
David Easley .... grip
Scott Fieldsteel .... assistant chief lighting technician
Melanie Gates .... additional loader
Gonzalo Gonzalez .... electrician
Jimi Johnson .... video assist
McKay Johnson .... camera loader
Justin LeBlanc .... lighting technician
Kevin Luster .... grip
Bruce Olinder .... gaffer
Allen Parks .... best boy electric
Patti Perret .... still photographer
Lyle Robbins .... electrician
Declan Ryan .... rigging gaffer
Declan Ryan .... rigging gaffer: Louisiana
Takeji Sano .... gaffer
Mike Satterfield .... best boy grip
Benjamin Shurtleff .... camera loader: Santa Barbara unit
L. Chris Strong .... rigging grip (as Lon C. Strong)
Richard Thompson III .... video assist
Carl A. Vidnic .... electrician
Reuben Wilder .... lamp operator
 
Casting Department
Robin Batherson .... extras casting
Robin Batherson .... local casting
Geraldine Glenn .... extras casting assistant
Jason Landry .... extras casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kasey C. Bazil .... set costumer
Donna Chance .... key set costumer
Megan Coates .... set costumer
Patricia Gorman .... seamstress
Ann Walters .... key costumer
 
Editorial Department
Doug Delaney .... digital intermediate colorist
Ulysses Guidotti .... first assistant editor
Christopher Hills-Wright .... post-production consultant
Matthew W. Johnson .... digital intermediate editor
Salamo Levin .... additional editor
Natan Moss .... assistant editor
David Raymond .... assistant editor
Lance Spindler .... color timer
Robert Zalkind .... apprentice editor
 
Music Department
Sheri Ozeki .... music editor
Marek Szpakiewicz .... musician: cello solo
Marek Szpakiewicz .... orchestrator
 
Transportation Department
Richard Brown .... picture car coordinator
John DeVay .... transportation coordinator
Yuri Elvin .... driver
Peter Gondrella .... driver
Brad Lips .... fuel truck driver
Raymond Martin .... driver
Albert Samson .... transportation captain
Peter F. Tegan .... driver
 
Other crew
Heather Babineaux .... key craft service
Kim Barnard .... choreographer
Gregory S. Carr .... production assistant
Batou Chandler .... location manager
McField Windy Coleman .... acting/dialog coach
Benton Collinsworth .... cast assistant
John R.C. Davis .... production coordinator
Jessica Drake .... dialect coach
Elan Garfias .... adr voice
Moira Glace .... production assistant
Geraldine Glenn .... photo double
Jacob Hamil .... production secretary
Maxim Knight .... adr actor
Jerrold W. Lambert .... production accountant
Yvette LaPlace .... location scout
John Lavis .... set medic
Tara Linn .... production secretary
Brian Mathews .... additional set production assistant
Mark Miller .... payroll accountant
Matthew D. Miller .... set security coordinator
Sandy Parker .... script supervisor
Errol Reichow .... location manager
Rachel Robinson .... production assistant
Laura Sherman .... production coordinator
Yoshi Shioya .... dialogue coach: english
Takeshi Sone .... making-of
Megan Staab .... production assistant
Sonia Torres .... production assistant
Eriko Yamaguchi .... post production coordinator
Jane Ziegler .... assistant production coordinator
Preston Trahan .... uncredited
 

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Rated PG-13 for brief sexuality, partial nudity and brief language
Runtime:
102 min
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15 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A strong mother and a future Artist son in a tough world., 3 April 2011
Author: kcnkzw from Japan

It seems like I'm the only one that's giving this film a high rating. I personally loved it. It even made me cry a bit.

but I have to say, this is not a movie for everybody. It's based on the book about the famous Japanese & American artist Isamu Nuguchi's life story. the title is "The Life of Isamu Noguchi: Journey without Borders" by Masayo Duus

its a true story (most of it) and if you know about Isamu Noguchi, I think you will appreciate this film. I mean, if you know about him, you will understand the film more.

Isamu was born in early 1900's in California. Mother Leonie Gilmore an editor. and father a Japanese poet Yone Noguchi. Yone left Leonie before Isamu was born. but after a couple years, Yone invites Leonie and Isamu to live in Japan with him. She goes, but finds out Yone has other wives(!) and leaves him and try to live by her own with young Isamu. but... as you can figure, early 1900's Japan is NOT a nice place to live if your a foreigner with a MIXED kid + NO husband. the movie is mostly about how she and Isamu struggles in their lives.

Director Hisako Matsui focused on Leonie Gilmore as a independent woman & strong mother. Time flies fast in this movie. as it shows the life of Leonie from when she goes to university till she dies...in a couple of hours.

nobody can't complain about Emily Mortimer (as Leonie) and Shido Nakamura(as Yone Noguchi).I was surprised when I heard that they casted such good actors. basically, the two actors held the movie together in one piece.

the music score by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek( also wrote scores for "Finding Neverland", and "Hachi".) was amazing and matched the scenery perfectly.

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