The husband-and-wife team of Michel Comte and Ayako Yoshida updates Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly.
Filming took place in various locations including Japan, Germany, the US and Italy. The grand finale of the film shot at Teatro Valle in Rome, one of the first opera houses to premiere Puccini’s original.
The Girl From Nagasaki stars both Mariko Wordell and prima ballerina Polina Semionova as the tragic geisha Madame Butterfly. Yoshida plays the faithful maid Suzuki and both Edoardo Ponti and Christopher Lee star as Officer Pinkerton.
The cast includes Robert Evans, Nobu Matsuhisa, Michael Nyqvist, Michael Wincott, Anna Orso, Clemens Schick, Lisa Zane, Mehmet Yumak, Burhan Öçal, Marianne Faithfull and Sasha Alexander.
The film was written in collaboration with Anne-Marie Mackay and was shot in 3D.