Japanese director HirokazuKore-eda (After Life,
Based on an original storyby Kore-eda, the film is scheduled for a spring 2006 release. Shochiku willalso be handling worldwide sales.
The film will featureJunichi Okada (Tokyo Tower) as atroubled young samurai bent on revenge for the death of his father, while TadanobuAsano (Zatoichi) plays his nemesis. RieMiyazawa (The Twilight Samurai) willalso star as the widow he falls in love with.
However, instead of flashingswords and falling bodies, the focus of the story will be on humanrelationships in a crowded, vibrant, urban neighborhood.
The producers on thelong-mulled project are Sato Shiho, who worked with Kore-eda on
Kore-eda's last film, drama