Takashi Miike (Audition, Yatterman) is always hard at work, and his next film, Ichimei, will be poking around for some recognition at the 64th Cannes Film Festival. Scheduled for theatrical release in Japan in October, Ichimei will join other films in contest for the coveted Palme d'Or prize at the festival, which is held May 11-12, 2011.
Ichimei (English title: Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai) is a 3D remake of Masaki Kobayashi's 1962 film Sepukku (Harakiri), and stars kabuki actor Ebizo Ichikawa, Eita, Hikari Mitsushima (Death Note, Love Exposure) and Koji Yakusho (Cure, Shall We Dance?). It also marks the first time a live-action 3D film has competed at any of the three major international festivals.
Joining Ichimei in Cannes competition this year is Naomi Kawase's Hanezu no Tsuki. Kawase previously won the Grand Prix—Cannes' second-highest honor—for Mogari no Mori in 2007. Tatsumi, the animated film based on Yoshihiro Tatsumi's semi-autobiographical manga, A Drifting Life (detailed in an earlier post) is included in the festival's Un Certain Regard section.
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