Saturday, September 11, 2010
In the news
From the Yomiuri Shimbun 読売新聞, by way of today's Daily Yomiuri ザ・デイリー読売:
"Japanese expatriate Toyoharu Kitamura 北村豐晴 has made a splash in Taiwan with the new comedy 'Love You 10000 years' - his first film as a professional movie director and Taiwan's first movie to be directed by a Japanese. Kitamura has lived in Taiwan for the past 13 years. He has set down roots so deeply, he said, that 'I don't feel any linguistic or cultural barriers.' His film tells the story of a Japanese woman studying in Taiwan who signs a three-month contract requiring her to be the girlfriend of a local rock star. He is already enthusiastic about his next film project, and says, 'I want to make movies only a Japanese man living in Taiwan can.' Kitamura, originally from Shiga Prefecture 滋賀県, was a member of an Ōsaka 大阪 drama troupe before moving to Beijing to study Chinese to enrich his acting repertoire. After a short visit, he moved to Taiwan and began studying at a school there. It was at this point that he decided switch from acting to directing. The decision came after a graduate professor of Kitamura's suggested that he expand one of his short films into a full-length feature. Kitamura is now married to a Taiwanese woman, with whom he has a son. The director has made Taiwan his home and plans to remain there. His approach to life is to 'build something from nothing,' an Chinese saying. 'I'll be a Japanese immigrant here, just as there are Chinese immigrants in many other countries,' he said. 'I'll also send my works back home to Japan.'"