by Chris MaGee
One of the biggest box office hits in Japan in 2009 was Toho/ Fuji TV/ Pony Canyon's production of Hiroshi Nishitani's "Amalfi: Rewards of the Goddess". The film, a romantic thriller starring Yuji Oda and Yuki Amami, was shot entirely on location along the Amalfi coast in Salerno, Italy. Obviously the exoticism of the location translated into dollars, so it was only a matter of time before Toho and Pony Canyon would deliver another film set in another far flung location.
This time out muci video director-turned-feature director Mayumi Komatsu has helmed "Tamatama (By Chance)", a fantasy drama starring actress Yu Aoi (above), which was shot entirely on location in Ireland. The film, which centers around Aoi's character traveling through the Emerald Isle and experiencing various "miracles", will try and capture lightning in a bottle twice with it's international locale.
Expect to see "Tamatama" to be released in Japanese theatres on October 15th. Thanks to Tokyograph for this news.