Yangon Runway action-drama film to screen in Myanmar this year

Wham ! Pow! The model with the karate black belt spins through the air as she zaps the gang attempting to kidnap her. Yangon Runway, the Myanmar-Japanese action and drama movie, will be on your screens later this year, promises director Jaw Maran, CEO of Living Sound Entertainment.

Right now it’s about 20 percent complete, he said. “We’ve been facing a lot of difficulties and pressures in production, but we’re happy to do it because this kind of creation is a big challenge,” he added.

Shooting on the 110-minute film, under the overall direction of Koichi Ueno, started last year in Japan, Yangon, Bagan and Naung Tone.

Ueno said he would portray the beauty and charm of Myanmar, and its kidnappers, for the benefit of his compatriots.

“We estimate production costs at US$600,000, not including marketing and advertising,” Jaw Maran told a press conference on April 10. His Living Sound Entertainment organised the Korean pop stars 2NE1 concert at Yangon’s Myanmar Event Park last August.

Working with Tokyo-based Sony Entertainment and Oscar Promotions, LSE will produce the action-drama film starring Sonny Chiba, Rina Takeda, Yuko Fueki and Ai Takeba, as well as local talent Moh Moh Myint Aung, Awn Seng, Min Oo, Thu Htoo San and other models and actors.

The movie features a Japanese woman who comes to Myanmar to be a professional model and faces the usual amusing cultural misunderstandings, including having to escape from kidnappers. The film also highlights Myanmar’s scenic beauty, traditional culture and customs.

“I will play a model from Japan. This is my first time in Myanmar and I am really excited, because I don’t know anything about this country,” said action star Rina Takeda, 23. “I took the role because I wanted to make my world career as an action actress. It will be difficult, but I’m sure I can rely on our mutual understanding.”

She shot her way into Japanese action movies in 2009 with High Kick Girl after winning her black belt in Ryukyu shorin-ryu karate.

The film will be shot in Myanmar, English and Japanese with English subtitles.

“It is such an honour to work with a leading company like Sony Entertainment,” said Jaw Maran.

Source: Myanmar Times

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