Kiyoshi Kurosawa made a name for himself on the international scene with skin-crawling thrillers like Cure and Kairo (AKA Pulse). As of late, the director has branched out from the horror genre with the domestic drama Tokyo Sonata and the TV mini-series Penance.
Now word arrives that Kurosawa is looking to team up with acclaimed Hong Kong actor Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (In the Mood For Love, The Grandmasters) for an international project titled 1905.
In the film, Tony Leung will play a Chinese loan shark sent to Japan during 1905 to collect the debt of some anti-Manchu revolutionaries. While there, he interacts with the locals, which will include Japanese actresses Shota Matsuda and Atsuko Maeda.
Interestingly enough, the setting of Yokohama, Japan circia 1905 will be recreated in Taiwan, with about 90% of the film’s dialogue recorded in Chinese, which should pose an interesting challenge for Kurosawa.
Thanks to Twitch Film for the story. However, there is some rumor that Tony Leung’s involvement in the project has been put on hold due to rising tensions between Japan and China over the island dispute.