ASIAN FILM - Video
21:50 - 6th November 2012, by David West

The Woodsman And The Rain Trailer

If you're a Crows Zero fan, here is a chance to see a very different side to actor Shun Oguri.

The punchy star of Takashi Miike's teen gang film plays a floundering young film director in Shuichi Okita's The Woodsman And The Rain.

Joining Oguri on screen is Koji Yakusho, star of Miike's magnificent chanbara bloodbath 13 Assassins as well as Kiyoshi Kurosawa's superb drama Tokyo Sonata and Masayuki Suo's international hit Shall We Dance?

Katsu (Koji Yakusho) is a 60 year-old lumberjack who lives in a small, tranquil village in the mountains.

When a film crew arrives to shoot a zombie movie, Katsu finds himself unwittingly roped into assisting the production and becomes increasingly frustrated with the pushy crew, especially the young, indecisive director Koichi (Shun Oguri).

However, an improbable friendship develops between Katsu and Koichi, as Katsu comes to see joy in the filmmaking process and gradually helps Koichi to recover his self confidence.

Soon, their bond inspires an unusual collaboration between the villagers and the film crew.

The Woodsman And The Rain will be out on DVD on 28 January 2013 from Third Window Films.

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