Japanese teens of “Himizu” movie awarded at Venice Film Festival

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 月曜日, 9月 12, 2011 - Save & Share - Leave a Comment

Japanese actor Shota Sometani(染谷将太) and actress Fumi Nikaido(二階堂ふみ) pose for photos during a press conference. They won the Marcello Mastroianni Award for best young actor and actress at the 68th Venice International Film Festival in Italy the previous day for their performances in the movie “Himizu.”

Shota Sometani (L), Fumi Nikaido

“Himizu” is based on a manga by Minoru Furuya first published about 10 years ago.

The original manga is the grim story of a middle-school boy. After hearing a speech at school, he contemplates his role in life. After being abandoned by his parents and left in control of their small boat rental shop, he decides to live his life as normal as possible and to be become a good person.

Himizu manga

“Himizu”movie was supposed to be a straight adaptation of the manga comic book by the same name, but was largely re-written in the wake of the disaster, director Sion Sono (園子温) said.

Sion Sono

“It was supposed to be a light romance. When I began to rewrite the script they begged me not to write an apocalyptic film but I couldn’t stop,”he said.

“When you go to Fukushima you find a lot of family relationships struggling, families forced to live apart because of the disaster. The families of the film exist in reality, especially among the lower classes,” he added.

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