Film director, Hisako Matsui’s film, “LEONIE” was shown at Kadokawa Cinema Shinjuku.
This was my 4th time to enjoy the film. Unlike at the previous previews I could
really see certain aspects in the film which I had missed before and was truly moved.
After the showing, 3 of the actor and actresses came to celebrate the first showing and responded to the interview questions, talking about the process of making this film at the locations. I truly recommend for everyone who has the available time to go see this first joint production film between Japan and the USA.
The story is not about the half Japanese-half American blooded famous Japanese sculptor, Isamu Noguchi, but about his Irish American mother, Leonie Gilmour. The film focuses on the hardships of a single mother raising such a child from the 1890’s to 1900’s where the history of America and Japan can be followed. The main character is played by the British actress, Emily Mortimer and the Japanese poet, Yonejiro Noguchi, is played by the Kabuki actor, Shishido Nakamura. The movie gives a lot of courage as it shows how the poet and Leonie who is hired as the editor fall in love and without marrying gave birth to a son and daughter whom she raises singlehandedly.
At the official premier film preview at Asahi Hall in Yurakucho, even the Empress came and watched it attentively. At this event, the British actress, Emily Moritmer, came and with the other actor and actresses this was the official press meeting. For the first showing of the film publicly, Shishido Nakamura, Kazuko Yoshikawa, and Umi Ymanane came rusing to participate.