Australia's Japanese Film Festival, now in its 18th year, has just announced its special guests for the Sydney leg of the program this year. They are Suo Masayuki, director of such Japanese classics as Sumo Do, Sumo Don't and Shall We Dance? and young actress Kamishiraishi Mone. The two guests will be here for the screening of their new film Lady Maiko on November 16, which will be followed by a Q&A session.
Lady Maiko is a musical comedy set in the world of geishas and is loosely based on Audrey Hepburn's My Fair Lady. Suo selected Kamishiraishi to play the lead role from over 800 applicants.
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