Friday, January 16, 2009

Sion Sono casts EXILE member in his next film "Chichi to Ko no Kizuna"

by Chris MaGee

Sion Sono certainly doesn't rest on his laurels. With his latest 4-hour epic "Love Exposure" still making the rounds of film fests the 47-year-old wild man filmmaker (above right) is in the process of planning his next picture and he's already cast the main role. Akira (above left), a member of the top-selling Japanese pop septet EXILE, will star in Sono's upcoming film "Chichi to Ko no Kizuna (The Bonds of Father and Child)" about a salaryman and his relationship with his dying father. A bit of a radical shift for Sono who's become synonymous with ero-guro films like "Suicide Circle" and "Strange Circus", plus it's a big change for Akira as well. Although the 26-year-old has had roles in the film "Hana yori Dango: Final" and on Japanese television "Chichi to Ko no Kizuna" marks his first time as the lead in a major production.

For those of you following Sion Sono you'll know that this isn't the first time that he's cast a member of a pop group in one of his films. "Love Exposure" features AAA member Takahiro Nishijima in the main role of Yu, an upskirt photographer and son of a priest who gets caught up in a religious cult.

No release date has been announced for "Chichi to Ko no Kizuna" as of yet. Thanks to Tokyograph for the story.

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