Leading Japanese indie firm Gaga Corp. has added “Hana’s Miso Soup” to its Tokyo Market sales line up.
The film is a tear-jerking drama about a young woman who enjoys a surprise pregnancy after having been told that her cancer treatment will leave her unable to have children. The woman then sets about preparing a legacy – life skills, including the knowledge of how to make Japan’s traditional miso soup – that her soon-to-be-orphaned daughter can hold on to.
The film is written and directed by Tomoaki Aune, writer of dementia drama “Pecoross’ Mother And Her Days” and co-screenwriter on the hit TV show “Hanachan No Misoshiru.”
“Soup” stars “Departures” star Ryoku Hirosue as the woman, and Kenichi Takito (Unforgiven,” “Rurounin Kenshin: The Legend Ends”) as her husband. It will release in Japan on December 18.
The film joins Gaga’s line up that is headlined by Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Cannes competition title “Our Little Sister,” and Sion Sono’s erotic terrorism film “The Virgin Psychics.”
Also on Gaga’s roster is “La La La At Rock Bottom,” the story of a teenage amnesiac whose only outlet is through song. Directed by Nobuhiro Yamashita, the film debuted at the Rotterdam festival earlier this year and was released in Japan on Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14.)