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.