Third Window Films follow up their release of The Foreign Duck, The Native Duck & God in a Coin Locker with the release of the second film on my preview of Asian films getting released in the UK, a film I have been interested in since it was released in Japan last year. That release is The Woodsman & The Rain. It has an all-star cast including the incredible Koji Yakusho and Shun Oguri. I’ve got my copy on pre-order!
Alua over at Otherwhere reviewed this film last year and gave it an excellent write-up, so without further ado, here are the details:
The Woodsman & The Rain
A film by Shuichi Okita (Chef of the South Polar, Story of Yonosuke)
Japan / 2011 / 129 Mins / In Japanese with English subtitles / Colour / 35mm
Out on DVD January 28th, 2013
DVD Special Features:
Interviews with the Cast & Crew, Deleted Scenes, Theatrical Trailer
Katsu (Yakusho) is a 60 year-old lumberjack who lives in a small, tranquil village in the mountains. When a film crew suddenly arrives to shoot a zombie movie, Katsu finds himself unwittingly roped into assisting the production and becomes increasingly frustrated with the pushy crew, especially the young, seemingly spineless director Koichi (Oguri).
However, an improbable friendship soon develops between Katsu and Koichi, as Katsu comes to see joy in the filmmaking process, and gradually helps Koichi to recover his sense of self. Soon, their bond inspires an unusual collaboration between the villagers and the film crew.