Vietnam, Japan to make film set in Hanoi

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A press conference on the movie "A new life in Vietnam" - a collaboration project between Vietnam and Japan - organized in Hanoi on June 3, 2014. Photo credit: VnExpress
Vietnam and Japan are collaborating on a film adaptation of a book about the life of a Japanese woman and her mother in Hanoi.
The film, tentatively titled “A new life in Vietnam,” tells the story of a Japanese woman who comes to Hanoi to teach Japanese and later takes her mother to the capital city to live with her. The film depicts their relationship as they adapt to their new life.
Vietnamese co-director Tat Binh was quoted as saying at a press conference on Tuesday that the movie highlights a matter that not only Vietnamese and Japanese but also the whole world are concerned about – taking care of the elderly.
Moreover, Binh said, “the script reflects Japanese people’s love for Vietnam.”
Screenwriter Uchiro Kitazato said he had to read a lot to learn about Vietnamese people and found that kindness and deep love are outstanding characteristics of the Vietnamese.
The shooting is due to begin this November and wrap up the following month.
The script is based on the 2007 autobiography “Echigo no ba-chan betonamu he yuku – last life wo watashi to” (literally translated as “My mother from Echigo goes to Vietnam with me for last life”) by Miyuki Komatsu.
Komatsu, 66, came to Vietnam in 1992 as a Japanese teacher. Nine years later, she took her mother, who is now 94, to Hanoi to live with her, and they have since remained in Vietnam.
Last year Vietnam and Japan also collaborated on a 100-minute drama to mark the 40th anniversary of their diplomatic relations.

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