Family Romance, LLC.
Nippon Cinema ª
The agency FAMILY ROMANCE, LLC., managed by Yuichi ISHII (who plays himself), offers the service of actors and actresses who pretend to be family members for a fee. One day, ISHII is commissioned to play the long lost father of 12-year-old Mahiro. After initial doubts, the girl finds more and more pleasure in her supposed new dad. The idea for this tragicomic docu-fiction drama came to director legend Werner Herzog when he read a newspaper article about the real existing agency FAMILY ROMANCE. He flew to Japan and shot this unusual film with only a minimal budget, hiring Japanese amateur actors and actresses. The improvised dialogues are completely in Japanese, although Herzog does not understand the language. The film celebrated its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019.
About Werner Herzog
Werner Herzog is regarded as one of the most important directors of New German Cinema. Born in Munich in 1942, he began shooting his first short films while attending Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. His collaborations with actor Klaus Kinski, including AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD (1972) and FITZCARRALDO (1982), helped make him well-known to a wider audience. Nowadays, Herzog earns international acclaim for his documentary films, mostly produced in the United States. Apart from working as a film director, Herzog has also worked as an actor, as well as a voice actor, and has staged several operas.