Historical drama Tokyo Trial next month in première at NFF
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The historical drama Tokyo Trial of Golden Kalfwinnaar Pieter Verhoeff will be premiered on 25 september at the Dutch Film Festival.
Stars in this English-language project to be played by Marcel Hensema, Hadewych Minis and Porgy Franssen.
Hensema plays the role of the Dutch judge Bert Röling (1906-1985), one of the twelve lawyers who, between 1946 and 1948 tried to make a judgement about the Japanese war crimes during the Second world War.
Seven defendants were sentenced to death. Röling, struggled throughout the process, that nearly three years, regularly with its role within the tribunal. The decisions of the judges are, especially in Japan still controversial. Critics argue that an honest opinion is no there could be because the winners of the Second world War, the process sent.
Minis plays the German pianist Eta Harich-Schneider, with whom Röling in Japan friends got. Franssen played the role of the Dutch top level the process followed. The three Dutch actors are in the film alongside major international stars such as Jonathan Hyde (Titanic), Paul Freeman (Raiders of the Lost Ark) and Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi, Slumdog Millonaire).
It is the first major international film to the 79-year-old Verhoeff and his first production since the boekverfilming Letter for the king from 2008. The screenplay is co-written by Kees) (The Heineken Kidnapping).
Tokyo Trial is from 14 december to see in the cinemas. A four-part series that Verhoeff made of the material was previously seen on Netflix. The Dutch Film Festival will take place from Wednesday 20 to Friday 29 september in Utrecht.