Kiyoshi Kurosawa Directing Tony Leung In Big Budget, Chinese Language Feature 1905

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Kiyoshi Kurosawa Directing Tony Leung In Big Budget, Chinese Language Feature 1905
Following a lengthy gap between features it would appear that Japanese auteur Kiyoshi Kurosawa's dance card is filling up. With his television project Penance fresh off of appearances at the Venice and Toronto film festivals Kurosawa is currently working away on a new feature titled The Day Of The Real, Perfect Pleiosaur and slipping through the cracks during his festival run was news that Kurosawa has also signed on for another project to roll directly after that one.

According to Screen International Kurosawa will next direct action-drama 1905 starring Grandmasters and In The Mood For Love leading man Tony Leung Chiu-Wai alongside Shota Matsuda and Atsuko Maeda. Screen describes the story like this:

Set during the titular period, Leung will play a loan shark who must venture from Guangdong Province to Yokohama Japan to recover debts from a band of anti-Manchu government revolutionaries. While there he crosses paths with ultra-nationalist (Matsuda), who's tasked with deporting the same men, and a young woman in a relationship with one of them (Maeda).
1905 Yokohama will be recreated in Taiwan with roughly ninety percent of the film's dialogue being in Chinese. Production is scheduled to begin in November.

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HutchSeptember 17, 2012 7:14 PM

This is what I'm talking about! Forget foreign directors running to Hollywood to 'try something different and new'. Go to different countries and mix it up-like Ryoo Seung-wan taking his Korean cast to Germany. To all you foreign directors out there: There's more than one country and ethnic group that America/Americans.
My fav Hong Kong actor teaming with a great Japanese director and cast in a mixed culture film sounds great!

FilmbahSeptember 17, 2012 8:45 PM

Tony Leung's involvement has been put on hold, possibly indefinitely, due to the rising tension between China and Japan over the ownership of the Diaoyu Island.

HutchSeptember 18, 2012 12:04 AM


Jerry JohnsonSeptember 18, 2012 5:55 AM

Is that photo up there photoshopped? The head looks way big.

Todd BrownSeptember 18, 2012 9:14 AM

Nope. He's got a big noggin.

Elvis BenjaminSeptember 18, 2012 11:03 AM

Isn't that a photo of Simon Yam?

paratizeSeptember 19, 2012 8:53 AM


Lisa UsherSeptember 28, 2012 1:48 AM

Blame Beijing gov't , trying to distract the populace by whipping up Nationalism and promoting anti -Japanese hatred. Pathetic..