by Chris MaGee
We've been following Daisaku Kimura‘s upcoming historical drama "Mt. Tsurugidake" for almost a year now (check out our collected coverage here), and why wouldn't we? Get a load of this cast: Tadanobu Asano, Ryuhei Matsuda, Teruyuki Kagawa, Aoi Miyazaki, Koji Yakusho, Toru Nakamura, and Jun Kunimura. Did they forget any major Japanese stars for this one? It seems like they haven't.
The film, based on a novel by Jiro Nitta, follows a Meiji-era expedition to the summit of Mount Tsurugidake in Toyama Prefecture. The 2999 metre high mountain is the companion peak to Mount Tateyama, with Tateyama being associated in local folklore with heaven while Tsurugidake's jagged terrain and unfriendly climbing conditions have long been associated with hell. The crew got a taste of this when a sound engineer was injured during a rockfall while filming in the Japanese Alps last June. Despite the grueling shoot "Mt. Tsurugidake" is finally due out in Japanese theatres on June 20th and the man with the trailers, Kevin Ouellette, at Nippon Cinema has the final theatrical trailer posted at his site. Pretty impressive stuff, and almost everyone is represented except for Yakusho and Nakamura.
Head on over to Nippon Cinema here to get a taste of the great outdoors and then come back inside and check out the film's official website.