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Paris Sonata: Kiyoshi Kurosawa Mounting “Serpent’s Path” in the City of Lights

Paris Sonata: Kiyoshi Kurosawa Mounting “Serpent’s Path” in the City of Lights

We can expect a new Kiyoshi Kurosawa oeuvre in 2024 as the Japanese filmmaker has set up shop in Paris for his next feature. Details are next to nil at this point but we’ve learned that production begins this month and will roll into May on a France-Japan co-production. We’ll likely find out in the weeks to come who he might have lassoed for the project which so far is untitled. It’s also unclear which genre the filmmaker will step into next – he has slowly been moving away from his horror roots with his recent filmography: Before We Vanish (2017), To the Ends of the Earth (2019) and Silver Lion winning Wife of a Spy. It’s a point that our Nicholas Bell brought up in his Wife of a Spy review – “although still best revered for his early horror films, like the tonally formidable Cure (1997) or the well-traveled Pulse (2001), Kurosawa’s infrequent dips into new waters, whether it be to Uzbekistan in To the Ends of the Earth (2019) or the shadows of the past in Wife of a Spy, are always invigorating.” Look for updates soon.

UPDATE: We now learn that the project is called … Serpent’s Path. It’s a revenge film. It’s a French remake of his own 1998 film about a man enlists a friend to help him identify and exact revenge upon his daughter’s murderer.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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