The promotional poster for the upcoming Leonardo DiCaprio action film, “Inception,” will be very different for the Japanese release of the film. The film co-stars well-known Japanese actor Ken Watanabe who gets a prominent position on the poster along with DiCaprio and costars Joseph Gordon-Levitt (“500 Days of Summer”) and Ellen Page (“Juno”).
The film marks one of the first times a well-known Japanese actor plays a major role in a large American-only production. Watanabe starred in successful films “The Last Samurai” and “Letters From Iwo Jima,” but these were created in collaboration with Japanese production companies.
“Inception,” directed by Christopher Nolan, cost a reported $160 million to produce, and tells the story of a secret agent (DiCaprio) who infiltrates the dreamscapes of others to steal valuable ideas. Watanabe plays the president of the mega-corporation that funds his missions.
“A door to a whole new dimension has opened. Experience it on the big screen this summer,” Watanabe told reporters during a promotional event for the film a few months ago.
"Inception," which opens in the U.S. on July 16 and in Japan on July 23, was partially filmed in Tokyo.
DiCaprio, who was here in March to promote "Shutter Island," will be coming back to do PR for the film with Watanabe in early July.© Japan Today