1905 (film)

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Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Starring Tony Leung Chiu Wai
Shota Matsuda
Atsuko Maeda
Distributed by Prenom H
Release date
Production cancelled
Country Japan
Language Mandarin
Budget $10 million [1]

1905 (一九〇五, Ichi Kyū Zero Go) was a Japanese film to be directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa and starring Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Shota Matsuda, and Atsuko Maeda.[2][3] Originally scheduled to be released in late 2013, on 25 February 2013, it was announced that production of the film had been cancelled before filming could start due to difficulties with Tony Leung's involvement exacerbated by the Senkaku Islands dispute and the bankruptcy of Prenom H on 20 February 2013.[4][5]


In 1905, during the waning years of the Qing Dynasty, at a time when numerous Chinese revolutionaries traveled to Japan as students to study modernization, Yan Yunlong (Tony Leung Chiu Wai), a loan shark, travels to Japan to collect overdue debts from five men. Meanwhile, Tamotsu Kato (Shota Matsuda) is a member of Houkokukai, an ultra-nationalist group, who is also searching for the same five men.[1][2][3]



Plans for the film were made in 2009. Although the film was a Japanese production, approximately 90% of dialogue was to be in Chinese. Filming was scheduled to start in November 2012, in various locations in Japan and Taiwan.[5] The film was scheduled to be released in Fall 2013.[2][6] During the filming process, the set in Taiwan was to recreate Yokohama as it appeared in 1905. The film was backed by Hong Kong-based film studio Sil-Metropole, and was to be co-distributed by Shochiku and Prenom H. The project was estimated to cost $10 million, and was Kurosawa's largest film to date.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Kurosawa to direct Japan-China co-production starring Leung". Screen Daily. 11 September 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Tony Leung, Matsuda Shota, and Maeda Atsuko to star in Kurosawa Kiyoshi's new movie '1905'". Tokyohive. 9 September 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Tony Leung to play loanshark in Japanese film debut with Atsuko Maeda, Shota Matsuda". Channel News Asia. 11 September 2012.
  4. ^ "Archived copy" 中堅映画会社のプレノン・アッシュが破産 尖閣問題の影響でトニー・レオンが出演見送り [Film company Prenom H goes bankrupt – Tony Leung's involvement cancelled due to Senkaku dispute]. MSN Sankei News (in Japanese). Japan: The Sankei Shimbun & Sankei Digital. 25 February 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-02-26. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  5. ^ a b 大 中 小 文字サイズ 前田敦子ら出演予定映画が製作中止に [Film featuring Atsuko Maeda to be cancelled]. Daily Sports Online (in Japanese). Japan: Daily Sports. 25 February 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  6. ^ "From '2046' to '1905' – Tony Leung Making Japanese Debut With Crime Period Piece". The Film Stage. 10 September 2012.

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