Japanese ‘Fiend’ finds its cast

Takeshi Kaneshiro, Takako Matsu join film

TOKYO — Takeshi Kaneshiro and Takako Matsu will star in “K-20: Kaijin niju menso den” (The Fiend With Twenty Faces), a mystery inspired by the work of Japanese scribe Edogawa Rampo.

 Based on a novel by So Kitamura that uses Rampo’s most famous characters,  pic is set in a fictional Japanese city in 1949. Kaneshiro plays the titular master criminal and Matsu his victim. Toro Nakamura co-stars as a detective.

Shimako Sato will helm the film, while Robot Communication will handle production chores, with shooting skedded to start in January and wrap in April. Among members of the production consortium are the NTV network and Toho, which is planning to release the pic in December 2008.

The budget has not yet been announced.

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