For the 90th Anniversary celebration of the birth of Osamu Tezuka, the “Godfather Of Manga”, Third Window Films have produced a live-action adaptation of his 1973 manga ‘Barbara’.
Directed by Osamu Tezuka’s son Makoto Tezuka, the story revolves around a successful author who becomes entangled in a relationship with a mysterious homeless woman. The cast includes Goro Inagaki and Fumi Nikaido, with cinematography by Christopher Doyle.
Synopsis: Wandering the packed tunnels of Shinjuku Station, famous author Yosuke Mikura (Goro Inagaki) makes a strange discovery: a seemingly homeless drunk woman who can quote French poetry. Her name is Barbara (Fumi Nikaido). He takes her home for a bath and a drink, and before long Barbara has made herself into Mikura’s shadow, saving him from egotistical delusions and jealous enemies. But just as Mikura is no saint, Barbara is no benevolent guardian angel, and Mikura grows obsessed with discovering her secrets, tangling with thugs, sadists, magical curses and mythical beings – all the while wondering whether he himself is still sane.
‘Barbara’ is scheduled to be released in 2019 and more information is available from www.tezukasbarbara.com.