The Swedish/Danish filmmaker Daniel Dencik has announced his next film is Miss Osaka, with filming currently underway in Japan.
The film follows 24-year-old Ines (played by Victoria Carmen Sonne), who wants to change who she is and becoming someone else in order to cover up her insecurities. When she accompanies her boyfriend Lucas (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard) on a business trip to Norway, she meets a half-Japanese tourist, Maria (Nagisa Morimoto), who instantly fascinates her. When Maria disappears, Ines decides to replace her – she declares herself dead and travels to Japan in order to take over Maria’s identity. There, she gets a job at Miss Osaka, the same nightclub Maria used to work at. A game of broken boundaries, lost identities and the dangerous balance between reality and the past has begun, and Ines must abide by the new rules by avoiding the more obscure paths.
The film is loosely inspired by the 1975 film The Passenger, directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, which sees an American journalist sent to cover a conflict in North Africa, and when he comes across the body of a stranger who looks like him, the journalist assumes the dead mans identity. However, he soon finds out that the man was an arms dealer, leading the journalist into dangerous situations. Jack Nicholson starred in the original.
Daniel Dencik is known as a novelist back in Scandinavia, but he has also directed a couple films – the documentary The Expedition to the End of the World and the feature film Gold Coast. He is the brother of actor David Dencik (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Top of the Lake, Men and Chicken).
Victoria Carmen Sonne is known for her roles in Winter Brothers, Holiday and Neon Heart, whereas Mikkel Boe Følsgaard is known for his role in A Royal Affair, The Legacy and Land of Mine. The Japanese cast includes Mirai Moriyama, Kaho Minami, Junko Abe and Nagisa Morimoto.
Miss Osaka started shooting in Norway in September and will film in Japan in January. It is the first ever Japanese/Danish co-production. The release date will be around spring 2020.