Shochiku pacts for ‘Handkerchief’

Shooting to start in New Orleans on March 22

Shochiku has struck a deal with producer Arthur Cohn for a remake of “The Yellow Handkerchief” (Shiwasa no Kiiroi Hankachi) one of the Japanese major’s classics from 30 years back.

Company said that lensing will start in New Orleans on March 22, but did not reveal a helmer.

Original pic, adapted from Pete Hamill novel “The Yellow Handkerchief of Happiness,” was helmed by Shochiku regular Yoji Yamada and scooped the Japanese Academy’s first award show in 1978 where it took away six top prizes. Yamada’s latest, “Love and Honor,” opens the Panorama section today.

Among the stars featured was thesp Kaori Momoi (“Memoirs of a Geisha”), who is in Berlin this week with her directorial debut “Faces of a Fig Tree,” which preems in Forum.

Cohn’s credits include “Central Station” and he has won Oscars with films including “One Day in September” and “American Dream.”

He is producing “The Children of Huang shi,” now lensing in China with Roger Spottiswoode helming and a cast that includes Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Chow Yun-fat and Michelle Yeoh.

Shochiku’s Berlin sales slate was recently boosted with the addition of two animations: “Summer Days With Coo” and “Vexille,” a political actioner helmed by Fumihiko, director of “Ping Pong” and producer of the widely traveled “Appleseed.”

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