Set in Japan in the 1970sA true story movie about illness『MINAMATA (original title)Will be released in Japan in September 2021. At the same time, an overseas trailer with Japanese subtitles has arrived.Starring / Production,
Minamata disease is one of the “four major pollution diseases” in Japan, where problems related to compensation and relief continue to this day due to industrial wastewater from the Chisso Minamata Plant in Minamata City, Kumamoto Prefecture. The photo book “MINAMATA” by photographers Eugene Smith and Eileen Mioko Smith made the world aware of its existence. Eugene says that Johnny Depp himself has been a longing for many years. Based on this photo book, which became his last work, the long-awaited movie adaptation was realized by Johnny’s own production and starring.
In the movie, Eugene, who was praised for his achievements as a news photographer but was hurt in his heart, visited Minamata with Irene and lived there for three years from 1971 to 1974, seeking people’s daily lives, protests, and compensation. It depicts the dense days of capturing hundreds of photographs of how it is done. “Eugene had a pain in his heart, but I think Minamata reopened his mind,” said Johnny Depp, who once again took a picture of the injured photographer, from appearance to inside. It is a perfect example of the way of life in which you take your hand and throw yourself into the fight, and bring it back to the present day.
In addition, this work was premiered as a special invitation film at the Berlin International Film Festival, and “Dep shows the best performance (The Playlist)” “Dep disappears in the role (Deadline)”, and Depp’s soul acting Each country praised it. The co-stars include Bill Nighy, Hiroyuki Sanada from Japan, Jun Kunimura, Minami, Ryo Kase, Tadanobu Asano, Akiko Iwase and other talented actors. Ryuichi Sakamoto worked on the music. The main shoots were in Serbia and Montenegro.
“I’ve always been very interested in W. Eugene Smith. I was able to capture those moments at the expense of the life he had followed, what he had experienced, and what he had done. And as I read the article about Minamata and deepened my knowledge, I was shocked by the fact that it actually happened. Moreover, the effect was not resolved and it is still It’s even more shocking to be continuing. As a person of interest, I thought that this history had to be handed down. I want to make full use of the power of the film and convey it. Sending a message was our desire to be here, including myself. We are all just a piece of dust and a little power. If we are in trouble, someone will take the lead. And if you try to break a huge wall, I’m sure a lot of people will follow you. “
The movie “MINAMATA” will be released nationwide in September 2021 by TOHO Cinemas Hibiya and others.