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Shochiku unveils Yamada’s House

Japanese studio Shochiku is introducing new titles from veteran filmmaker Yoji Yamada and A Chorus Of Angels director Junji Sakamoto here in Cannes.

Yamada’s The Little House (working title) is based on the award-winning novel by Kyoko Nakajima about a love affair spanning from 1922 to the present day.

The cast is headed by actresses Takako Matsu (The Hidden Blade) and Chieko Baisho (The Yellow Handkerchief), along with Haru Kuroki, Hidetaka Yoshioka and Satoshi Tsumabuki. Currently in production, the film is being readied for delivery in early 2014.

Meanwhile, Sakamoto’s M-Fund (working title), based on an original story by Harutoshi Fukui, follows a financial broker and scam artist who tries to locate the secret fund of the Japanese army which disappeared after the Second World War.

Koichi Sato, whose credits include Takashi Miike’s Sukiyaki Western Django, stars in the film along with Shingo Katori and Mirai Moriyama. Sakamoto and Fukui previously collaborated on Sakamoto’s 2005 action drama Aegis, which was based on Fukui’s novel.

Shochiku also has the restored version of Yasujiro Ozu’s An Autumn Afternoon screening in Cannes Classics on May 23.

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