Hiroshi Ishikawa is the film’s director. He last worked with Miyazaki in 2005’s su-ki-da, which ended up being a big hit for him. Miyazaki praised Ishikawa’s unique production process, citing his ability to challenge actors to “live” as their characters.
Miyazaki and Ando will play friends Jinko and Motoko. When they hear a rumor that their friend Miki (Fukiishi) recently jumped into the ocean, they decide to visit her in northern Japan. Kutsuna will play another girl they meet along the way through a random coincidence.
Filming began on March 3rd and has already wrapped. Production is expected to be completed by autumn.