Friday, April 10, 2009

Asmik Ace to bring us an alternate history of Japan with "Ōoku: The Inner Chamber"

by Chris MaGee

Yesterday we reported on how Asmik Ace was going to be producing a live-action adaptation of Inio Asano's manga "Solanin" starring Aoi Miyazaki and Kengo Kora, but according to Tokyograph and Anime News Network that's not the only manga adaptation that Asmik Ace has lined up for 2009.

At the same press conference held on Wednesday Asmik Ace announced that they are also planning a live-action film of Fumi Yoshinaga's manga "Ōoku: The Inner Chamber". Serialized in Hakusensha's Melody Magazine for the past four years "Ōoku" takes place in an alternate medieval Japan in which a plague has reduced men to only a fraction of the population, a matriarchy rules the country, and the female head of the Tokugawa Shogunate keeps a harem of men called the Ōoku.

No word on casting yet, but Asmik Ace has tagged "Kisarazu Cat's Eye" director Fuminori Kaneko to helm the film and Natsuko Takahashi, who previously penned the "Antique Bakery" anime series based on another Fumi Yoshinaga manga, to write the script.

Production isn't planned to begin on "Ōoku: The Inner Chamber" until the spring of next year, but in the meantime we'll keep you updated on any new news about the project.

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