A Kazakh-Japanese coproduction film is released in Japan
On January, 18 of 2020 the Kazakh-Japanese film “Horse Thieves. The Roads of Time” directed by YerlanNurmukhambetov (Kazakhstan) and Lisa Takeba (Japan) was released in theaters of Japan. The gala premiere took place in “Sinjuku Cinema” in Tokyo.
The film was presented to the public by the acclaimed Japanese actor Mirai Moriyama who played one of the leading parts, and also by co-director Lisa Takeba.
- The principal shooting took place in Kakzakhstan and I was deeply impressed by the local landscapes. I’m very happy our Japanese viewers will get the chance to see it. The film set was located quite far from the cities and it wasn’t always easy. Butstilleveryshootingdaywasatreasure. TheKazakhteamwasgreat. Of course I am so happy to have got this part. My time in Kazakhstan was precious for me. I would love to go back there and rejoin everyone, - said actor Mirai Moriyama.
The Japanese viewers warmly greeted the movie. After the screening local audience and journalists asked lots of questions with a great interest. There was along discussion about the poetics of a picture, its philosophy and the grandeur of Kazakh nature.
As a reminder, the Japanese premiere of Nurmukhambetov’s film took place at Tokyp International Film Festival while its world premiere took place during the gala opening of Busan IFF in South Korea.
From Kazakh side the “Kazakhfilm” studios took the production part due to Ministry of Culture and Sports of Kazakhstan while the Japanese production was helmed by “TokyoNewCinema” company.
The picture tells the story of a family that lives in small village at the foot of Tien-Shan and survives from horse breeding. One day the father becomes the viction of horse thieves.