Tsurugidake: Ten no Ki / Mt. Tsurugidake (2009)
Created on December 28, 2007
Updated on April 29, 2009
Cast
Tadanobu Asano: Yoshitaro  Shibasaki
Teruyuki Kagawa: Chojiro Uji
Ryuhei Matsuda: Shin Ikuta
Toru Nakamura:Usui Kojima
Aoi Miyazaki:Hatsuyo Shibasaki
Koji Yakusho:  Seisaku Furuta

Mantaro Koichi:Kinjiro Okano
Moro Moro-oka: Takekichi Kiyama
Yukijiro Hotaru:Kinsaku Iwamoto
Takashi Nishina:Tsurujiro Iwamoto
Ippei Kanie: Kyuemon Yamaguchi
Daisuke Honda:Mitsuaki Kiuchi
Ichiro Hashimoto: Seizaburo Yoshida
Takashi  Sasano :
Jun Kunimura;Seiichiro Yaguchi
Renji Ishibashi :
Hisashi  Igawa :
Isao Natsuyagi: Gyoja
Yukiyoshi Ozawa:Tamai
Staff
Daisaku Kimura: director & cinematographer
To be released on June 20, 2009
Based on the novel by Jiro Nitta
Twitchfilm. net:Tsurugidake:ten no ki
April 10, 2009
The official website has been updated. If you click here, you can see a marvellous view of Mt. Tsurugidake.

November 28,2008
The "Tsurugidake" official website has announced that this movie will be released nationwide in Japan on
June 20, 2009.

November 8
The official website for "Mt. Tsurugidake" is now showing some video clips for the making of this film. The
latest one (No.4) is the interviews with two of the cast members, Yukijiro Hotaru and Ippei Kanie.

November 6
The second teaser for "Mt. Tsurugidake" can be seen on this site, too.

November 1
The second teaser trailer for Mt. Tsurugidake is now to be seen on the official website with some pictures of
Koji Yakusho as Morisaku Furuta. After opening
the official site, try to click the third
button from the right and you can see the second teaser trailer.

August 19
From March 27 to 28, 2008, shooting of some scenes for this movie was held at The Museum Meiji-mura
(Meiji village) in Aichi prefecture. You can see Tadanobu Asano, Miyazaki Aoi and Teruyuki Kagawa in
�ソMeiji period costumes here.

August 17
"Tsurugidake Ten no Ki"  wrapped up on July 25. Here's the photo of the main cast and the Director
Daisaku Kimura.

As a Koji Yakusho fan, I'm so pleased to know that Koji Yakusho's son, Ichiro Hashimoto appears in this
movie.

July 5, 2008
On June 19, I was so surprised to hear the news that sound engineer, Mr. Teiichi Saito got severely injured
by falling rocks during sooting the film "Mt. Tsurugidake". ( Here's
the Variety news by Mr. Mark Schillng):

"
Rocks injure 'Tsurugiadake' engineer
Teiichi Saito severly injured, taken to hospital

Sound engineer Teiichi Saito was severely injured by falling rocks on Thursday while on location for mountain adventure "Tsurugidake,"
being filmed at an elevation of 8,500 feet in Toyama Prefecture.
Saito was recording sounds apart from the cast and crew when crew members noticed falling rock and tried to alert him, but Saito, who
was wearing headphones, apparently didn't hear the warnings and sustained a severe blow to the head. He was helicoptered from the site
and taken to a nearby hospital.
Helmer Taisaku Kimura's pic is based on a novel by Jiro Nitta about a 1907 expedition to climb the Tsurugidake mountain, considered
one of the most dangerous in Japan."

On June 30, the film's official website announced that Mr. Saito was recuperating at hospital and that
shooting would be resumed from July 1.  Let's hope that he has a complete recovery.

December 28, 2007
Koji Yakusho portrays a veteran former surveyor, named  Morisaku Furuta, who had twice attempted in
vain to climb Mt. Tsurugidake . Yakusho's role is regarded as most important since in one of the scenes
where Shibasaki (Asano) and Furuta (Yakusho) talk, there is revealed, by implication, the theme of this
movie.

Director Kimura says that he is very appreciative that Yakusho-san (Mr.Yakusho) has decided to join the
cast of this movie, as he believes that he is an actor who can well express the Japanese mind and heart.

Here is Koji Yakusho's comment:
Director Kimura has tremendous enthusiasm for this movie about a human story amid the grandeur of
nature; and it is a great pleasure for me to participate in this sort of movie.

Source:
Toei press release site
Release date: June 20, 2009
Tadanobu Asano and Koji Yakusho