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Yukiko Motoya's "Ranbou to Taiki" gets movie adaptation

Mon, November 30, 2009 (1:39am EST)

Director Masanori Tominaga ("Pandora no Hako," "The Pavillion Salamandre") is working on a film adaptation of "Ranbou to Taiki," written by acclaimed playwright and author Yukiko Motoya. The movie stars actor Tadanobu Asano (36) and model Minami (23) in a complicated "love story."

Motoya's works have received several awards, as well as nominations for the prestigious Akutagawa Prize. Her "Funuke Domo, Kanashimi no Ai wo Misero" was turned into a prize-winning film by director Daihachi Yoshida in 2007.

The unusual "Ranbou to Taiki" centers on a man and woman who, because of an incident in the past, are living together despite being neither lovers nor relatives. Hidenori (Asano) is frequently in the attic, spying down on Nanase (Minami) through a hole in the ceiling while thinking of ways to exact cruel revenge. Although she is aware of the spying, Nanase tolerates it, waiting for the revenge that she feels she deserves. However, years have passed with no sign of revenge coming, and their relationship starts to change after a new couple arrives in their neighborhood.

The movie is currently scheduled for a fall 2010 release.

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