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1:58 pm - 02/27/2013

Atsuko Maeda's film canceled after studio goes bust due to Senkaku dispute

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Shooting of the film “1905,” starring former AKB48 member Atsuko Maeda has been canceled after its production and distribution company filed for bankruptcy, it has been revealed.


The period movie was set to star Chinese actor Tony Leung Chiu Wai, 50, Japanese actor Shota Matsuda, 27, and Maeda, 21, who was making her first movie since she “graduated” from AKB48 last summer. It was to be directed by famed horror director Kiyoshi Kurosawa.


According to a Sports Nippon report, movie production and distribution house Prenom-H Co filed for bankruptcy after shooting costs rocketed. The added costs were said to be incurred as a result of the Senkaku island dispute between Japan and China. The movie was a Japan-China joint production, with 90% of the movie’s dialogue spoken in Chinese dialects.


Credit research company Teikoku Databank Ltd said that Prenom-H Co has received authorization to start bankruptcy proceedings from the Tokyo District Court. Prenom-H is believed to have liabilities amounting to around 643 million yen.


The large-scale action production was centered around Yokohama in 1905. Filming was scheduled for both Japan and Taiwan and the movie was penciled for release in Japan this fall.


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stef_ipa 27th-Feb-2013 11:03 am (UTC)
i was hoping to see Matsuda again, this isn't the main problem here, but still, i feel selfish right now, so no comments in the really situacion
flightbyzephyr 27th-Feb-2013 03:51 pm (UTC)
That's a shame it looked interesting. Politics kinda sucks when it messes with stuff like this. Ah well.

Tbh I wasn't sure Acchan could pull it off but at least I see her ambition and so I'm sure she will find another interesting project to work on.
kerplunk 27th-Feb-2013 04:32 pm (UTC)
was kinda psyched, i love period films
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