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Filming confirmed on 108 Media co-production 'Performing KAORU’s Funeral'

   

 
Thursday 14th October, London: 108 Media and PKFP Partners LLC have announced that the shoot for their co-production of tragicomedy ‘Performing KAORU’s Funeral’ will begin in January 2022 with an anticipated 4-week shoot in Japan.

Directed by Noriko Yuasa (‘Coming Back Sunny’ and ‘Girl, Wavering’), the film tells the story of Jun Yokotani, bound by obligations of death to honour his estranged ex-wife Kaoru’s passing before he can begin life anew. Completely incompatible, Yokotani and Kaoru's daughter (also named Kaoru) must change their lives completely as they try to create a new family while performing Kaoru's funeral.

Writer Takato Nishi teams up with Yuasa after previously working together on ‘Coming Back Sunny’ and ‘Girl, Wavering’ together, with Mika Shimoeda (Rising Sun International Festival 2020 - Best Japan Film Award Winner) as producer and Takeo Hisamatsu, CEO of MyWay Movies LLC, co-producing. The film will be completed by Q3 2022.

As well as co-producing the title, 108 Media will also be handling worldwide sales and is currently marketing it worldwide.

Yuasa says of the film “This project focuses on the domestic phenomenon of funerals in Japan is not just simple personal matter, it’s shared with everyone and definitely meaningful. The film depicts the universal theme of humankind to say their final goodbyes and restart is sure to be the key to bringing empathy and excitement to the world and posting people's lives.

Ryo Ebe, Managing Director of 108 Media (North-East Asia) says “We are delighted to confirm production of this brilliant story. Striking at the heart of what it means to become family while acknowledging the past within, "Performing KAORU's Funeral" welcomes the complexity of passions at the heart of our identities.
 

 

 
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About 108 Media

108 Media is headquartered in both London and Singapore, with key sales and producing offices in Toronto, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, and Manila. From its development, licensing, financing, ad-sales, and production offices 108 Media is a fast-growing global IP and media asset investment firm in the TMT space, redefining and revolutionizing the way content is created, curated and consumed - with a key focus on emerging markets and mergers & acquisitions.

Empowering visionary creators and championing bold new voices to satisfy the demand for provocative, diverse, and compelling content with our deep and fully stocked creative and financing infrastructure, 108 Media produces high-quality content from emerging markets for global audiences across all media platforms.

108 Media achieves this through a fully integrated cross-border and cross-cultural media and entertainment ecosystem spanning financing and investment, production and development, branded entertainment, sales & content licensing business divisions.
 
 
About Noriko Yuasa

Born on Dec. 3rd, 1976 in Okayama, Japan, Yuasa specialized in project planning, directing. She graduated from Tokyo Metropolitan University with BA of Architecture. She started working in Kinoshita Production in 1999 and left the company in 2013, and currently working as a freelance director/producer in the field of both TV drama and film.

In 2015, her theatrical feature film directorial debut, “Udagawacho de matteteyo (Wait in Udagawacho.)” is screened (nationwide public at Shibuya HUMAX cinemas, etc.). Energetically Noriko Yuasa directed short film works such as “Looking for my Sunflowers”. “Girl, Wavering” got 17 crowns together domestically and abroad. Currently, this film continues to be screened overseas, and as of August 2017, it reaches 30 areas. In March 2018 she was officially selected as a jury of the 6th Nepal Human Rights International Film Festival and participated.

Noriko Yuasa aims for further step up with the aim of a film director able to advance abroad while advocating and practising "parallel career" in drama and films, as of 2018, theatrical release feature film planning. Her new film project got awarded the Grand Prix at the "MPA / DHU / TIFFCOM Pitching Contest" held in Japan 2018. She participated in the 2019 LATC and American film market. Currently, Yuasa's latest feature film project "Performing KAORU's Funeral" is being promoted as an international joint production with staff from both Japan and Spain. She is the director and producer of her own work, which was selected for the Tokyo Gap-Financing Market (TGFM) in TIFFCOM in November 2020.
 
 
 
 

 

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