Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Following the enormous success of the samurai trilogy that included 2004 Academy Award nominated film “The Twilight Samurai,” “The Hidden Blade” and most recently “Bushi No Ichibun” (original title), Shochiku Films will produce and distribute legendary director Yoji Yamada’s next film – a period drama titled “Kabei” (Japanese working title), based on the nonfiction novel "Chichi eno requiem” ("Requiem for a Father") written by Teruyo Nogami, author of Waiting on the Weather: Making Movies with Akira Kurosawa, forthcoming from Stone Bridge Press. The new film will star Sayuri Yoshinaga.
"Chichi e no requiem” describes the wartime Showa period through the eyes of a mother. "I would like to make this film with homage to [every mother] who held her family in her arms and lived through hard times like a raging roller storm,” Yamada commented.
Here's the official press release from Shochiku.