Kouji Yakusho, Aoi Miyazaki, Kirin Kiki star in "Waga Haha"

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2011-02-14 - On Saturday, the starring cast of the movie "Waga Haha" was partially unveiled. Kouji Yakusho (55) will take the lead role, with Aoi Miyazaki (25) and Kirin Kiki (68) also playing main characters. The three will play a family dealing with the memory loss of the mother due to old age.

The project was first announced in January. Based on the autobiographical novel "Waga Haha no Ki" by author Yasushi Inoue, it is being directed by Masato Harada ("Climber's High").

The story is set during the 1960s. Yakusho plays a novelist named Kosaku Igami who has been living apart from his mother Yae (played by Kiki) since a young age. After his father dies, Kosaku has to deal with Yae's living arrangements. Meanwhile, he desperately struggles to understand their bond as mother and son, lost between his own distant childhood recollections and the aging Yae's gradually fading memory. He receives support from his wife, his three daughters, and his younger sister as Yae's condition worsens.

Miyazaki has been cast as the youngest daughter, Kotoko. The other cast members have still not been revealed at this time.

Harada began shooting the film this month and is expected to wrap up in March. Locations include Shizuoka and Tokyo. The film is currently scheduled for a 2012 release.

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