by Marc Saint-Cyr
Great news for fans of contemporary auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda (like myself) recently surfaced at Tokyograph: the director has just started shooting his new feature film. After expressing to Kore-eda an interest in collaborating on a project together, musician and actor Masaharu Fukuyama ("Suspect X") seems to have gotten his wish, and will apparently be playing a despicable salaryman who devotes himself to negative thoughts towards others and a preoccupation with money. The film will be distributed by Gaga Communications and is planned to be released in Japan in 2013 following a run through the international film festival circuit. After the deeply satisfying nuance of Kore-eda's previous film "Kiseki" ("I Wish"), this should represent an intriguing step in his body of work that, hopefully, will continue to maintain the high level of quality that film-goers have come to expect from the filmmaker.