by Chris MaGee
Step back Uri Geller and let Masami Nagasawa through! The 22-year-old star of last year's Akira Kurosawa remake, "Hidden Fortress: The Last Princess" will be flexing her psychic muscles in the upcoming comedy "Magare! Spoon (Bend! Spoon)". Based on a short stage musical written by playwright Makoto Ueda for the popular Europe Kikaku troupe the film will center around a cute but klutzy assistant director (Nagasawa) who works on a TV variety show while at the same time investigates cases of the paranormal.
"Magare! Spoon" is currently shooting with "Bayside Shakedown" director Katsuyuki Motohiro behind the camera. While it's being reported that this will be the first time Nagasawa will be doing comedy this isn't the first time for Motohiro adapting a Europe Kikaku stage play to the screen. In 2005 he directed an adapation of their play "Summer Time Machine Blues" about a group of science fiction geeks who accidentally turn the remote control of their air-conditioner into a time machine.
Principal photography is set to end on "Magare! Spoon" at the end of this month with the finished film scheduled for a release at the end of this year. Thanks to Tokyograph for the details on this, and thanks to Sanspo.com for the above image.