Japanese model , Yu Asada, for Manipur Cinema

A Japanese girl's search in the remote villages of Manipur for her uncle, who was a soldier during World War II, and many more stories that unfold during her journey will be shot on big screen. To be directed by Mohen Naorem, "My Japanese Niece" will see Japanese model Yu Asada essaying the role of the girl, also named Asada. It is based on the story of the Japanese soldier who was left behind in Manipur after the war and people still believe he exists. The film will be in Manipuri with English subtitles and later dubbed in Japanese for a release in Japan. The entire shoot will be in Manipur. Mohen says every year many Japanese come to pay homage to their lost forefathers in Manipur. "Asada too visited this time to pay homage to her uncle (her father's elder brother) who was a soldier during WWII. When she was in Manipur, she had a weird dream. Her uncle came in herdream and asked her to visit a village where he had kept some memories. She and herManipuri guide then search for her uncle's secrets," the filmmaker told PTI. "Down the memory lane, she heard about a Japanese old man who was living in that village for a long time. He died a few months ago. But Asada finds many secrets, memories and belongings ofher uncle as well as documents, unposted letters, artifacts and dairies of soldiers who were lost."

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