Japanese filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa, who won best director at Venice in 2020 with Wife Of A Spy, has wrapped shooting French thriller Serpent’s Path starring Ko Shibasaki and Damien Bonnard.
The film, now in post-production, is an adaptation of Kurosawa’s 1998 Japanese feature of the same name, in which a man enlists a friend to help him exact revenge upon his daughter’s murderer. The original was written by Hiroshi Takahashi, co-writer of iconic horror Ring, and starred Teruyuki Kagawa and Show Aikawa.
In the French-language remake, the main character is a woman – played by Shibasaki – and all events take place in France. The screenplay for the film was written by Kurosawa. Above is a first look at Bonnard & Shibasaki from
Serpent’s Path. It’s produced by Japan’s Kadokawa & France’s Cinefrance Studio. Kadokawa will handle international sales, and release the film in Japan. The company also produced the original. French distribution rights have been secured by Art House Films, which previously handled Kurosawa’s
Wife Of A Spy and Foreboding.Kurosawa is a Cannes regular, playing in Competition in 2003 with
Bright Future; winning the Un Certain Regard jury prize with Tokyo Sonata in 2008; and winning the directing prize in 2015 with Journey To The Shore. His 2017 feature, Before We Vanish, also played in Un Certain Regard while Japan-Uzbek drama To The Ends Of The Earth screened as the closing film at Locarno in 2021.Kurosawa first French-language film was
Daguerreotype, starring Tahar Rahim and Constance Rousseau, which played Toronto in 2016.Japan’s Shibasaki is an actor and singer known for roles in Isao Yukisada’s
Go, for which she won the Japanese Academy Award for best supporting actress; US feature 47 Ronin, starring opposite Keanu Reeves; and NHK drama series Naotora: The Lady Warlord. She joined the voice cast for Hayao Miyazaki’s animation The Boy And The Heron in July, following its release in Japan. She has also received three Cesar nominations for his performances in The Trouble With You
by Alain Guiraudie, and Staying Verticle by Ladj Ly. He has received three more Cesar nominations for his performances as The Problem With You; Ladj Ly’s Les Miserables; and Joachim Lafosse’s The Restless. Bonnard’s most recent roles include Wes Anderson’s 20Asteroid City as well as Yorgos Lathimos’ Poor things which will have its world premiere at Venice.