Famous!

movie poster for kotoAround this time last year, I told you that a friend of mine and I had been engaged as extras for a Japanese movie. Well, I can now officially talk about it since I just found out that it was released last Saturday! The movie is called Koto in Japanese (in English: The Old Capital) and it is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Yasunari Kawabata. I say “adaptation” because part of the movie is set in France, while the novel takes place entirely in Kyoto and its northern outskirts.

I have not seen the result yet, but another friend went to the cinema on Saturday, and he said that both my friend and I are featuring very prominently in a scene that is set in an old house in Kyoto. If you take a look at the poster to the right, we were in a scene with the actor in the blue kimono to the far right. Apparently he is very famous in Japan – does that mean I’m now officially famous too? 😉 We should be in at least two more scenes in the movie, somewhere in the background, but I cannot tell for sure until I have seen it – and this will take a while. My Japanese is not good enough to watch movies or TV yet (and fully understand what’s going on), so I will have to wait until there are English subtitles. The movie has already won a prize in the Kyoto Historical Film Festival (I think), and it may be sent to international Film Festivals as well – and that’s usually where the subtitles are made. I will see it eventually though, I’m sure.

4 thoughts on “Famous!

    • Really? That would be very interesting to find out for sure.

      You know that I already have a finite Erdös number, right?

      Edit: Okay, I just checked, and apparently I’m now really famous!
      I have an Erdös number of 3 and a Bacon number of 3, which gives me an Erdös-Bacon number of 6. That’s the same as Carl Sagan’s, and lower than Noam Chomsky’s.

      I’ll have a celebratory sake later tonight! 😉

  1. I just watched the trailer – looks interesting. Will keep an eye out for it. (and for you ;))

  2. Wow, sounds great, my congratulations!
    Don’t forget to post some pics of the films where you appear too! Look forward to see them.
    P.S. Bottom the poster seems to be Paris! isn’t it? (Catherdral of Notre Dame)