×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Composer Yoshihiro Hanno to Direct ‘Paradise Next’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Acclaimed Japanese music composer Yoshihiro Hanno (“Mountains May Depart,” “Dragonfly Eyes”) is turning director again for “Paradise Next,” a road movie involving two hit men on a journey of atonement. He previously got behind the camera with 2015 title “A Woman Wavering in the Rain.”

The Taiwan-set film is a co-venture between Taiwan’s Joint Pictures and Japan’s Shimensoka. The partners will handle distribution in their respective territories and are currently looking for a sales agent to handle business overseas. Additional finance comes from the exhibition and new tech sectors.

The project was announced at the Cannes Film Festival. The film’s stars Satoshi Tsumbuki and Etsushi Toyokawa will be presented at the Taiwan industry party on Saturday.

Production is due to begin in late June, and delivery is tentatively scheduled for the second quarter of 2019.

Hanno has managed to attract the services of Oscar-winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto (“The Last Emperor,” “The Revenant”) to compose the film’s theme song.

Joint Pictures is the production arm of James Liu’s long-established Taiwanese distribution firm, Joint Entertainment. As distributor, it has handled titles including “The Mill and the Cross,” “Postcards From the Zoo” and “North Face.” As sales agent Joint has represented “My DNA Says I Love You,” “Island Etude,” and “Spider Lilies.”

More Film

  • Invisible Life Brazilian Cinema

    Brazil's 'Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão' Wins Cannes Un Certain Regard Award

    Brazilian filmmaker Karim Aïnouz emerged triumphant in tonight’s Un Certain Regard awards, as Nadine Labaki’s jury named his period melodrama “The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão” the best film in the program. Full story to come. List of winners: Un Certain Regard Prize: “The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão,” Karim Aïnouz Jury Prize: “Fire Will [...]

  • Dan the Automator

    Heeding the Call of Olivia Wilde, Dan the Automator Scores 'Booksmart'

    Dan The Automator, aka Daniel Nakamura, knows a thing or two about setting a mood. The Bay Area-based producer has worked on projects such as Gorillaz’s debut album, Handsome Boy Modeling School (with Prince Paul) and multiple projects with rapper Kool Keith. Now, Nakamura has set his sights on film scoring, and will make his [...]

  • It Must Be Heaven

    Cannes Film Review: 'It Must Be Heaven'

    Continuing to chart his own path in a Palestinian film landscape generally perceived as monolithic, Elia Suleiman turns his delightfully absurdist, unfailingly generous gaze beyond the physical homeland, where parallels and dissonance abound. By now Suleiman’s distinctive style is not just well-known but eagerly anticipated, his wide-eyed, expressive face forever compared with Buster Keaton as [...]

  • 'Sibyl' Review: Justine Triet's Witty, Slinky

    Cannes Film Review: 'Sibyl'

    How often do we see a movie psychotherapist who’s actually good at their job? Genre film is peppered with on-screen couch doctors whose unorthodox methods or blatant non-professionalism keep the story rolling, whether they’re falling in love with clients or going steadily mad themselves. Played with smart, subtle verve by Virginie Efira, the title character [...]

  • Akira

    Taika Waititi's 'Akira' to Face Off Against 'John Wick 4' in 2021

    Warner Bros. has dated its live-action “Akira” movie, directed by Taika Waititi and produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, for May 21, 2021, when it will face off against “John Wick 4.” The studio announced the date on Friday, two days after pushing the release of “DC Super Pets” back a year, avoiding opening against “John Wick [...]

  • Sylvester Stallone

    Cannes: Sylvester Stallone Says 'Rambo' Wasn't 'Meant to Be a Political Statement'

    The final day of Cannes was devoted to honoring Sylvester Stallone, who conducted a masterclass on the Croisette, where he looked back at his 43-year career and discussed how he never intended “Rambo” to get so political. Thousands queued outside the Salle Debussy to sit down with the star and gave him a raucous standing [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content