Miike Takashi’s “Ichimei,” Kawase Naomi’s “Hanezu no Tsuki” to compete at Cannes
It was announced today that Miike Takashi’s upcoming film “Ichimei” will be in competition for the Palme d’Or at the 64th Cannes Film Festival, being held May 11-22, 2011. The movie, first revealed last September, is a 3D remake of Kobayashi Masaki’s 1962 film “Seppuku” (also known as “Harakiri”).
“Ichimei” stars kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizo, who was involved in a drunken bar incident last November. Although he took a self-imposed break after that scandal, it was just announced this past weekend that he will be returning to the stage this July, and that “Ichimei” is scheduled for theatrical release in Japan this October.
The movie is sure to gain even more attention with its bid for the prestigious Palme d’Or. Indeed, newspapers are touting the fact that it is the first live-action 3D film to compete at any of the three major international film festivals (Cannes, Berlin, Venice). It will be screened with the English title “Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai.”
“Ichimei” will not be the only Japanese film at Cannes this year. “Hanezu no Tsuki,” the newest film by director Kawase Naomi, will also be in competition. Kawase previously won the Grand Prix (the second-highest award) at Cannes in 2007 for her film “Mogari no Mori.”
The festival’s Un Certain Regard section includes Gus Van Sant’s “Restless,” which has actor Kase Ryo in its cast, and Eric Khoo’s animated film “Tatsumi,” based on Tatsumi Yoshihiro’s manga “A Drifting Life.”