Yoji Yamada 50th Anniversary Film Cast Named
The cast has been announced for Yoji Yamada’s 50th anniversary film, Tokyo Kazuko (Family), the veteran director’s homage to Yasujiro Ozu’s classic, Tokyo Story.
Etsuko Ichihara (Black Rain) and Bunta Sugawara will play the elderly mother and father who visit their children in Tokyo — played by Chishu Ryu and Chieko Higashiyama in the Ozu original.
Yu Aoi (About Her Brother) will play the girlfriend (played by Setsuko Hara in the original film) of the younger son. The son had been killed during WWII in Ozu’s original, but will be played in this version by Satonshi Tsumabuki, winner of last week’s Japan Academy Prize for Best Actor in Villain.
Other cast members include Yui Natsukawa (Still Walking), Masahiko Nishimura (Welcome Back Mr. McDonald) and Shigeru Muroi (Villon’s Wife).