Japanese composer-filmmaker Yoshihiro Hanno is directing the film produced by Taiwan’s Joint Pictures and Japan’s Shimensoka Co.
Japanese stars Satoshi Tsumabuki and Etsushi Toyokawa will head the cast of Japan-Taiwan co-production Paradise Next, which is gearing up to shoot in Taiwan.
Directed by Japanese composer-filmmaker Yoshihiro Hanno, the film will feature a theme song composed by Ryuichi Sakamoto. Taiwan’s Joint Pictures and Japan’s Shimensoka Co will co-produce.
The story follows two Japanese hit men who are forced into exile in Taiwan, where they embark on a journey of atonement. Production is scheduled to start on June 22 for delivery in the second quarter of 2019.
Joint’s James Liu and Shimensoka’s Fumiko Osaka are producing the film, which has investment from the exhibition sector and new media. Osaka was a producer on Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien’s Café Lumiere.
Hanno is an internationally renowned composer whose soundtrack credits include Jia Zhangke’s Platformand 24 Cityand Hou’s Flowers Of Shanghai and Millennium Mambo. He made his directing debut in 2011 with Ugly, starring Yosuke Kubozuka, which he co-directed and followed with A Woman Wavering In The Rain (2014).
Tsumabuki starred in Hou’s The Assassin, which won best director at Cannes in 2015, while Toyokawa’s credits include March Comes In Like A Lion and Hula Girls.