translations and film rights

Ted Mills mills at
Wed Sep 1 04:10:17 EDT 1999

Here is question I have yet to hear answered in any great detail:

If a Western director was interested in adapting a Japanese novel for the
screen, with the original author dead, but the English translator alive,
who would the rights rest with? And secondly, is there any case of just
this happening--a Western film based on a Japanese novel--apart from Paul
Schrader's "Mishima"?

And what is the opinion of the list on this film by the way? I remember it
being quite mesmerising, mostly due to Philip Glass's score, and the
production design, which did a nice job translating the feel of Japanese
woodblock prints and other graphic ideas, to the screen.


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