"Dear Mr. Kenzo Takada," the letter began. "I heard that you had an interest in filmmaking, and was wondering if you would like to work on an interesting production with me."
It was late 1978. An actress by the name of Sachiko Hidari came to Paris carrying this letter. Its author was Hiroaki Fujii. In his work at Daiei Film, he had been a planner on such films as director Kon Ichikawa's "Her Brother" and "Fires on the Plain." He was also a very talented producer, having created "Patriotism" with Yukio Mishima.