Nolan begins 'Inception' in Tokyo

'Batman' director working with Watanabe, Caine again

TOKYO -- Shooting has begun for Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” with scenes featuring Leonardo Di Caprio and Ken Watanabe at the Mori Ark skyscraper in Akasaka, Tokyo.

The sci-fi pic with an ensemble cast is to be shot across six cities around the globe, and reportedly has a budget of $200 million. Nolan directed Watanabe in “Batman Begins,” along with Michael Caine, who is also on board for the new project.

This is Watanabe’s seventh Hollywood production and he remains one of the few big Japanese stars who can function comfortably in English.

“Inception” is slated for a July 2010 release from Warner Bros.