by Chris MaGee
Last year director Masato Harada had a respectable hit with his film "Climber's High" which told the story of a group of reporters struggling to cover the 1985 Japan Airlines Flight 123 disaster. On August 12th of that year the Boeing 747 carrying 524 people crashed into Mount Takamagahara in Gunma Prefecture. It was one of the worst crashes in aviation history, and now this same disaster is coming to the screen, but shown from a different viewpoint.
We told you in December how Ken Watanabe was going to be starring in "Shizumanu Taiyo (The Sun That Doesn’t Set)", a long in development film based on a novel written by author Toyoko Yamasaki. The book, and now film, approaches the crash from the view of the airline labour union who are dealing with the fallout from the Flight 123 disaster.
Directed by Setsuro Wakamatsu, "Shizumanu Taiyo" has just gotten its first teaser trailer featuring Watanabe front and center. You can check it out by heading over to Nippon Cinema. Hopefully the full trailer will give us a better feel of how Wakamatsu and Watanabe are going to be treating this very difficult subject. "Shizumanu Taiyo" is set to hit Japanese theatres on October 24th.