Kore-eda Hirokazu returns to Japanese filmmaking with Monster

Kore-eda Hirokazu, Japan’s best-known auteur filmmaker, is directing his first film in Japan since 2018 Cannes Palme d’Or winner Shoplifters, distributor Gaga announced on Friday.

The film, now in post-production, titled Monster, is also only Koreeda’s second film to be written by a different writer, Sakamoto Yuji, which credits the hit romantic drama I Fell in Love Like a Flower Bouquet” from 2021. (His first was the 1995 title Maborosi, written by Ogita Yoshihisa as an adaptation of a novel by Miyamoto Teru.)

The main producer is Kawamura Genki, whose many hits include Shinkai Makoto’s blockbuster anime, including the recently released Suzume. Kawamura and Koreeda have also collaborated on the new Netflix Original Series, The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House, due out on January 12, 2023.

The main cast of the new film has yet to be announced, but the release date has been set for June 2, 2023, with Gaga and Toho co-handling distribution.

Since the release of Shoplifters, Koreeda has directed two films overseas: 2019 French film The Truth and 2022 Korean film Broker. Unlike 2018’s Shoplifters, which grossed $33 million on location grossed, none of them did much business in Japan.

Kore-eda has been unusually vocal over the past year, urging reforms and structural changes in the Japanese film industry. He and six other directors belonging to a group called Eiga Kantoku Yushi no Kai (translated: Volunteer Association of Film Directors) founded action4cinema/Coalition for the Establishment of a Japan CNC (A4C), a non-profit organization dedicated to the solution Problems facing the sector has campaigned for the establishment of a facility similar to the French CNC.

https://variety.com/2022/film/news/kore-eda-hirokazu-japan-film-monster-1235436483/ Kore-eda Hirokazu returns to Japanese filmmaking with Monster

Charles Jones

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