‘Girl From Nagasaki’ revisits Puccini opera

Pic blends musical perfs, ballet, animation in new interpretation of 'Madame Butterfly'

Swiss photographer Michel Comte and spouse Ayako Yoshida have wrapped production on “The Girl From Nagasaki,” a retelling of Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly.”

The film stars Mariko Wordell, ballerina Polina Semionova as Madame Butterfly, Ayako Yoshida, Edoardo Ponti and Christopher Lee. Details about the movie — which includes musical performances, contemporary ballet and animated sequences — were not dislosed until this week.

Cast includes Robert Evans, Nobu Matsuhisa, Michael Nyqvist, Michael Wincott, Anna Orso, Clemens Schick, Lisa Zane, Mehmet Yumak, Marianne Faithfull and Sasha Alexander.

Movie was shot in 3D in Japan, Germany, the United States and Italy with the finale at Rome’s Teatro Valle, one of the first opera houses to host “Madame Butterfly.”

Story is scripted in collaboration with Anne-Marie Mackay.

The film begins with the first atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki as Madame Butterfly emerges from the ashes of World War II, metamorphosing into the modern world in a portrayal of the differences between Japanese and Western values.

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