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Oshin (2013) Movie Review

26 May 2014 8:09 PM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Though perhaps not too familiar to younger western viewers, “Oshin” was one of the most popular and influential Japanese television series of the last few decades, comprising some 297 episodes of 15 minutes and enjoying a massive share of the audience both at home and abroad during its original airing back in 1984. Inspired by the life of Wada Katsu, founder of the Japanese supermarket chain Yaohan, this new screen adaption focuses on her childhood and her tough experiences growing up during the Meiji period, and was directed by Togashi Shin (“Angel’s Egg”). The young Hamada Kokone stars in the crucial leading role, having been apparently chosen from nearly 2500 other hopeful candidates, backed by Ueto Aya (“Thermae Romae”) as her mother and Smap’s Inagaki Goro as her father, with the original series stars Kobayashi Ayako and Izumi Pinko also taking supporting parts. The film opens in 1907, in Yamagata Prefecture, with the »

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Gaga launches Nakashima's Kanako

5 February 2014 11:16 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Latest film from Tetsuya Nakashima is currently in post-production.

Japan’s Gaga Corporation is launching sales on the upcoming Tetsuya Nakashima film The World of Kanako [pictured] starring Koji Yakusho at the European Film Market.

The hit director of Confessions, Memories of Matsuko and Kamikaze Girls is currently in post-production for the film produced by Gaga and Licri.

Gaga is handling sales for Asian territories while Wild Bunch handles the rest. Gaga plans to release the film this summer in Japan.

Based on a mystery novel by Akio Fukamachi, The World of Kanako follows the search for a missing girl through the eyes of her crazed father who begins to realize through the traces she left how little he knew her and his family.

Debuting actress Nana Komatsu plays the missing daughter while Yakusho (13 Assassins) plays the brutal former police detective father. Satoshi Tsumabuki, Joe Odagiri and Miki Nakatani play supporting roles.

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