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Japan’s Hirokazu Kore’eda Readies ‘Still Deeper Than The Sea’

TOKYO – Hirokazu Kore’eda, Japan’s auteur director who has seen his last two films play in competition in Cannes, will have his next film ready for May 2016.

Kore’eda has started production on “Umi yori mo Mada Fukaku” (literal translation: “Still deeper than the Sea”,) an offbeat family drama that the director also scripted.

Hiroshi Abe, veteran star of everything from arthouse dramas to commercial comedies, plays a middle-aged man who never quite made it to adulthood. Kirin Kiki will play his mother and Yoko Maki his former wife. Abe also worked with Koreeda in the latter’s 2011 child-centered drama “I Wish” and the 2008 dysfunctional family drama “Still Walking.”

The film is set for a May 21 Japanese theatrical bow with Gaga distributing. Among the production partners are the Fuji TV network, Bandai Visual and Aoi Pro. Wild Bunch has international rights outside Asia.

Kore’eda was in Cannes in 2013 with “Like Father, Like Son,” and again in 2015 with “Our Little Sister.”

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