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Movie about 3.11 earthquake starring Nishida Toshiyuki to be released

August 8, 2012 @ 11:59 am
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It's been announced that a movie about the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, whichoccurredon March 11th of last year, will be released. The movie "Itai ~Asu e no Tookakan~" will star Nishida Toshiyuki, and will be directed by Kimizuka Ryoichi.

The movie is based on non-fiction writerIshii Kota's report "Itai Shinsai, Tsunami no Hate ni" that hesummarizedafter collecting datafrom the disaster areas for 3 months, and the story is set at the morgue in Kamaishi, Iwate. In the movie, Nishida will play a man named "Aiba Tsuneo" who volunteered himself to be a manager at the morgue, since he used to work in a funeral related business, and led the people who were disturbed on-site. Reportedly, Nishida hesitated to appear in this movie at first when he read the script. He stated, "A thought that the real feelings of the victims and 'truth', which are different from the 'facts' could be extracted by making it as a movie, welled up."

The movie will depict the unknown 10 days for the people at the morgue in Kamaishi-city, Iwate, who came in touch with the remains, while retaining their dignity as human beings, and exerted themselvesto send the remains back to their bereaved families.

According to Fuji TV's Kameyama Chihiro, the managing director, he decided to make this movie when he was told by the news staff who had reported about the disaster, "Unfortunately, occurrences at the morgues were things we could not report about."

Along with Nishida, many great actors who approved of the production's intention, will make appearance. The other cast members are, Ogata Naoto, Katsuji Ryo, Kunimura Jun, Sakai Wakana, Sato Koichi, Sano Shiro, Sawamura Ikki, Shida Mirai, Tsutsui Michitaka, and Yanagiba Toshiro. It was also announced that this movie will be shown at the 36th Montreal World Film Festival.

"Itai ~Asu e no Tookakan~" will be released in March, 2013.

Source & Image: eiga.com + Cinematoday

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