Japanese director shoots secret film for Cannes

21st February 2007, Comments 0 comments

TOKYO, Feb 21, 2007 (AFP) - Acclaimed Japanese director Takeshi Kitano has shot a short film to mark this year's 60th Cannes Film Festival, his office said Wednesday, but he is keeping the content under wraps.

TOKYO, Feb 21, 2007 (AFP) - Acclaimed Japanese director Takeshi Kitano has shot a short film to mark this year's 60th Cannes Film Festival, his office said Wednesday, but he is keeping the content under wraps.

Kitano, who is 60 himself, is one of 35 directors from 25 countries asked by Cannes organisers to contribute a film, three minutes or shorter, on the theme of a "motion-picture theatre" for the anniversary.

Germany's Wim Wenders, Poland's Roman Polanski, Britain's Ken Loach, China's Zhang Yimou and Hong Kong's Wong Karwai are also lined up for the collection, to be screened at the festival on May 20.

"We cannot let on any detail of the short film, even where it was shot," an official in charge of visual arts at Kitano's office said.

But Kitano, who is best known for his violent looks at the Tokyo underworld, had wondered "what happens if other directors are thinking about the same things as I am," he said.

Cannes director Gilles Jacobs wrote on the festival's website, "Wenders filmed in the Congo, Tsai Ming Liang in Kuala Lumpur and (David) Cronenberg in the... toilets!

"No director had knowledge of the other fragments, or even synopses from his colleagues," Jacobs said.

Along with filmmaking, Kitano has a long career as a comedian and television personality known as Beat Takeshi.

Kitano, who won the top Golden Lion award at the 1997 Venice Film Festival for "Hana-bi" (Fireworks), has contributed to Cannes such works as "Sonatine" (1993), "Kids Return" (1996) and "Kikujiro" (1999).

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