by Chris MaGee
Back in May we received a post on our Facebook wall from director Atsushi Kokatsu. He wanted to let us and our members know about a very special project that he and production partner Tatsuko Kokatsu were working on. Titled "Totecheeta Chiquitita", the film would be set in and shot on location in Atsushi Kokatsu's hometown of Fukushima. Of course since the Great Tohoku Earthquake on March 11th the name Fukushima has been associated with the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, but Kokatsu wants to change that by bringing the story of a 70-year-old retired teacher named Yuriko who reunites with family members killed in the war who have been reincarnated in present day Fukushima.
In May "Totecheeta Chiquitita" was only in pre-production, but since then the Kokatsus have secured enough funding for the project to schedule the beginning of principal photography on October 8th. They have also assembled cast that includes Kosuke Koyohara, Chieko Matsubara, Shono Hayama and newcomer Jurina. The film will still need further donations to be completed (donate at the official website here), but the premiere has already been scheduled for March of next year in order to mark the first anniversary of the quake and tsunami.
Check out the teaser trailer for "Totecheeta Chiquitita" below, and thanks to Tokyograph for this good news.