Today marked the first day of shooting on
The film will be distributed by Toei, whohave enjoyed great success with another WWII drama, Yamato, which topped $40m at the domestic box-office in itsextended run.
The cast also includes MichitakaTsutsui (KT)and Keiko Kishi (TheTwilight Samurai, The Yakuza) ina key role as Tome Torihama, a woman who ran acanteen in Chiran,
A week before shooting began,over a hundred extras were put through drills at the Toei studios inpreparation for filming, learning soldier conduct, how to march, and playmilitary songs. Today's filming took place in the town of
"It's not just about computer graphicsand special effects. At the end of the day it depends on the actors'performances. I want the cast to put everything they have into the charactersand do justice to the pilots who died," said Ishihara.
The controversial governor, who has heldthe position since 1999, is well-known for his outspokenness and is oftenaccused of harboring nationalistic or racist views. He may be most famousoverseas for his non-fiction book TheJapan That Can Say No, which called for an end to kowtowing to the
The governor was paid a goodwill visit byClint Eastwood last year in preparation for the director's film about