3D 'Girl From Nagasaki' portrays Japan, U.S. differences
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, which includes musical performances, contemporary ballet and animated sequences, stars Mariko Wordell, ballerina Polina Semionova as Madame Butterfly, Ayako Yoshida, Edoardo Ponti and Christopher Lee. 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 U.S. and Italy, with the finale lensed at Teatro Valle in Rome, one of the first opera houses to host “Madame Butterfly.” Story wass scripted in collaboration with Anne-Marie Mackay. Film begins with the first atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki as Madame Butterfly emerges from the ashes of WWII and portrays the differences between Japanese and Western values.