Director Yasujiro Ozu (1903-63) was famous for dramas which focused tightly on the character of family members and friends making sacrifices for one another’s happiness. In Akibiyori, a still-beautiful widow has a daughter who is sufficiently past the favored age for marriage to be in danger of becoming an old maid according to the norms of Japanese culture. Three mature men, friends of the family, get together to discuss the widow and her problem daughter. Despite the fact that they each would like to marry the mother, they agree that one of them should make the sacrifice of marrying the daughter. They discuss their marriage idea with the mother, not the daughter (as is customary). Somehow, the girl hears of it, and is infuriated. She has said all along that though she wants to get married someday, she wants to remain single for some time longer. Now she is angry enough to threaten to accept the family friend’s suit simply out of spite.~ Clarke Fountain, All Movie Guide

Philip Seymour Hoffman is reportedly in talks to join Richard Curtis’ (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually) pirate radio movie ‘The Boat That Rocked’. The film recounts the true story of a British pirate radio station operating from a boat in the North Sea when the BBC was only broadcasting two hours of pop music each week in the ’60s.


Hoffman is up to play the role of irreverent, iconic DJ The Count. Hoffman, who is nominated for an Oscar this weekend, is no stranger to playing famous music figures, having previously played american music-journalist and musican Lester Bangs, in Cameron Crowe’s ‘Almost Famous’.


Other ‘The Boat That Rocked’ stars include Bill Nighy, Kenneth Branagh, Rhys Ifans and January Jones. Branagh and Ifans will play other DJs and Jones will portray an American visitor. Both Nighy and Ifans starred in Curtis’s 2003 rom-com ‘Love Actually’, but this will be Hoffman’s first time working with the accalimed english writer/director.


Filming is slated to begin in London on 3 March.