Tadanobu Asano to star in Pen-ek Ratanaruang’s thriller Morte Cucina

The ever-busy Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano is currently having a moment as one of the stars of Disney’s hit samurai series. Shogun — has joined the cast of Thai director Pen-ek Ratanaruang’s upcoming culinary thriller Kitchen of Death. The actor and director last collaborated twenty years ago on the romantic crime film. Last life in the universe (2003), which was Thailand’s official Oscar entry that year and won Asano the Best Actor award at the Venice Film Festival.

Located in contemporary Bangkok, Kitchen of Death follows a talented young chef named Sao who has a chance encounter with a man who sexually assaulted her when she was a teenager. “Using his cooking skills, Sao enacts his revenge plan – achieving a rather unexpected result,” reads the film’s logline.

The project’s producers are keeping the nature of Asano’s role under wraps for now, but they revealed that newcomer Thanatphon Boonsang will play the central role of Sao, while Thai stars Nopachai Chaiyanam and Kris Srepoomseth will take on two of the lead roles masculine. Nopachai previously starred in Pen-ek’s 2011 crime thriller Head shotpremiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Kitchen of Death is co-written by Pen-ek and Kongdej Jaturanrasamee (Hunger, Faces of Anne). This is Pen-ek’s first feature film since his noir crime thriller. Song of Samui in 2017. Veteran Asia-based cinematographer Christopher Doyle, best known for his collaborations with Wong Kar-wai, will film the film.

Kitchen of Death will be produced by Soros Sukhum of 185 Films (who recently produced Netflix’s Thai thriller Hunger) and Asian producer Conor Zorn, with Manuel Chiche of Joker Films and Alexandra Hoesdorff of…

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