New pic for 'Kabei' trio


Veteran Japanese director Yoji Yamada will begin shooting the family drama "Otouto" in mid-January, with stars Tsurube Shofukutei as the "otouto," or younger brother, and Sayuri Yoshinaga as his older sister.

Written by Yamada and Emiko Hiramatsu and produced by Hiroshi Fukasawa and Kenichi Tamura, "Otouto" — Yamada's 81st film — will be distributed by Shochiku in Japan in early 2010, the company said Monday.

The team of Yamada, Shofukutei and Yoshinaga drew 12 nominations for the Japanese Academy Awards this year for "Kabei — Our Mother," including best film, director and leading actress.

"Otouto" also will star Yu Aoi as Yoshinaga's daughter and Ryo Kase as her love interest. (partialdiff)