Koji Yakusho, lately seen inMemoirs Of A Geisha, is set to starin an adaptation of hit serial novel AiNo Ryukeichi (Penal Colony Of Love)for Japanese major Toho.
The novel - which is writtenby Junichi Watanabe and is currently running in Japanese newspaper
Yakusho's previous filmbased on a Watanabe novel was the 1997 drama Lost
Since Watanabe's latestnovel serialisation started in the Nikkeiin November, film companies and TV networks have competed fiercely for the filmrights. The winner Toho plans to release the film version next autumn.Principal photography will start next spring with TV drama veteran YasuoTsuruhashi directing.
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