We were actually unaware the film had already completed production (which evidently finished lensing last November) so it was with much surprise that we woke up to the first endearing teaser trailer for the film. Utilizing Ella Fitzgerald's rendition of title track, the films looks to be a worthy "continuation of 'Certified Copy'" centering on a young Japanese woman who finances her studies through prostitution and her relationship with a brilliant, elderly academic who is also one of her clients.
Despite early reports of Aoi Miyazaki starring, it looks like she's been replaced by Rin Takanashi who will now star alongside Tadashi Akuno and Ryo Kase ("Letters From Iwo Jima," "Restless"). At this stage, we wouldn't be surprised if Kiarostami found his way to Cannes where his 'Copy' star Juliette Binoche won the Best Actress awards in 2010. You can also check out our recent Kiarostami retrospective to celebrate the North American theatrical release of that film. [TheFilmStage]