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As You Like It

Synopsis
Feature film of As You Like It set in 19th century Japan. Adapted for the screen and directed by Kenneth Branagh with David Oyelowo as Orlando and Bryce Dallas Howard as Rosalind.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain; United States
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2007
Duration
127 mins; 11, 427 feet

Credits

Director
Kenneth Branagh
Producer
Judy Hofflund; Kenneth Branagh; Simon Moseley
Cinematographer
Roger Lanser
Screenplay
Kenneth Branagh
Music
Patrick Doyle
Production Design
Tim Harvey
Costume
Susannah Buxton
Cast
Bryce Dallas HowardRosalind
Romola GaraiCelia
David OyelowoOrlando
Alfred MolinaTouchstone
Kevin KlineJaques
Adrian LesterOliver
Alex WyndhamSilvius
Brian BlessedDuke Frederick
Brian BlessedDuke Senior
Gerard HoranDennis
Jade JefferiesPhebe
Janet McTeerAudrey
Jimmy YuillCorin
Jonathan BroadbentDuke’s man
Jotham AnnanJaques de Boys
Noboyuki ‘Daishi’ TakanoCharles
Paul ChanWilliam
Richard BriersAdam
Sacha BennettDuke Frederick’s aide
Shimada TakuyaGeisha
Youki YamamotoDuke Senior’a man

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Historical period
19th Century
Plays
As You Like It
Subjects
Drama; Shakespeare
Keywords
Japan; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
A downloadable study guide is available from Film Education (www.filmeducation.org.uk)
General
Filmed at Wakehurst Place, West Sussex. Virginia Water and Shepperton Studios.
History
Filmed in 2005, the film had its first showing at the Venice Film Festival in 2006. In its first weekend the film took 86,883 euros at the box office on 111 screens. The film had no general release in the US and and was first shown on television by HBO in America 21 August 2007. It was released in the UK in September 2007.
Awards
Kevin Kline won US Screen Actors Guild 2008 award for Best Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries for his role as Jaques.
Textual information
Text adviser is Professor Russell Jackson.
Reviews
Rosenthal, Daniel. 100 Shakespeare Films. London: BFI, 2007. p. 10-12. Hatchuel, Sarah. Shakespeare (British Shakespeare Association) 3 (2007): p365-68.

Production Company

Name

Shakespeare Film Company

Distributor

Name

Lionsgate UK

Web
http://www.lionsgatefilms.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
0207 299 8800
Address
Ariel House
74A Charlotte Street
London
W1T 4QJ

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Retail outlets

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