Sunday, August 2, 2009

Edmund Yeo returns with his third Yasunari Kawabata adaptation "The White Flower"

by Chris MaGee

We've been following Malaysian born, Tokyo-based filmmaker Edmund Yeo ever since he began filming the second of his short film adaptations of the stories of Japanese author Yasunari Kawabata, "Kingyo" in January. At that point Yeo had already adapted and transplanted Kawabata's story "Love Suicides" to his native Malaysia and was using the deceptively simple works of the Nobel Prize-winning author to push himself both in terms of narrative and technically as well. I was even lucky enough to be able to interviewYeo about his career thus far and his experiences making films in Japan. Never content to just sit on his laurels Yeo is currently making another film in Tokyo inspired again by the works of Yasunari Kawabata titled "The White Flower".

Starring actress Zhu Dan, actor Toro Inamura and a friend of Yeo's named Kong and shot on location in Futtsu Park on the shore of Tokyo Bay "The White Flower" follows a romance that takes place in a hosptial between a doctor and his female patient. To give us a bit of a taste of this new film Yeo has posted a series of shots as well as some behind the scenes footage at his blog. Once again it looks like Yeo is doing some beautiful work, so let's hope "The White Flower" wraps soon and hits the festival circuit.

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