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Takeshi Kitano’s Kubi is heading to Cannes

The film depicts the historical ‘Honno-ji Incident’ from 1582, when a key vassal of Oda Nobunaga rose in revolt and caused his master to commit hara-kiri in Kyoto.

Film studio Kadokawa has picked up the rights to Kubi, the new film from Takeshi Kitano (Sonatine). It will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.

Kitano said that “This film is based on my own understanding of what the period and people were like.”

According to Variety, Kitano has been planning to make this film for the past 30 years. In addition to directing the movie he also wrote the original novel and screenplay himself. Kubi also stars stars Asano Tadanobu, Nishijima Hidetoshi and Kase Ryo.

“It is a rare film, on a scale similar to Akira Kurosawa’s ‘The Seven Samurai’ and ‘Kagemusha,’ with a tragicomic quality that feels Shakespearean”, said Natsuno Takeshi, president and representative director of Kadowkawa.

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