Ken Watanabe on ‘Profound’ Adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘An Artist of the Floating World’

Published on Oct 13, 2019

Set in post-World War II Japan, “An Artist of the Floating World” is Japanese pubcaster Nhk’s adaptation of the Kazuo Ishiguro novel of the same title. It stars Ken Watanabe in the lead role of Masuji Ono, a renowned artist looking back on, and coming to terms with, his life against the backdrop of a country being rebuilt after the war.

Ahead of traveling to Cannes for the international launch of the one-off drama at Mipcom, Watanabe told Variety that he did not initially think the book could come to the small screen. “When I first read the novel, I wasn’t convinced it was even possible,” he said. “But the screenwriter, Yuki Fujimoto, created a script that’s extremely simple and very profound.”

The drama tackles some deep existential questions as Ono ponders the impact his actions have had on others and his role in the war; his

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Author: Stewart Clarke