Fresh start for Tokyo pic

'Tokyo kazoku' prod'n pushed back

Veteran helmer Yoji Yamada is pushing back production of “Tokyo kazoku” (Tokyo Family) until 2012 so that the pic will reflect the disastrous impact of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami on the city.

The pic, inspired by the 1953 Yasujiro Ozu classic “Tokyo Story,” was skedded to start filming April 1 for distrib Shochiku.

On Thursday Yamada, 79, said, “I will try to examine the state of the country until the end of this year and at that time take another look at the entire script.”

Yamada is best known for his 48-episode “Tora-san” dramedy film franchise about a wandering peddler, which ran from 1969 until the death of its star, Kiyoshi Atsumi, in 1996, and was a reliable box office winner.

Yamada has since made a series of critically acclaimed period pics, including “The Twilight Samurai” (2002).

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