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Finding the right Oshin for the job

Eight-year-old newcomer Kokone Hamada's self-confidence convinced director Shin Togashi she was the one, says DYLAN TAN
Oct 18, 2013 6:00 AM

DIRECTOR Shin Togashi spared no effort when it came to casting the lead actress for Oshin, his big-screen adaptation of the hit '80s Japanese TV series. He auditioned about 2,500 hopefuls over a six-month period before settling for eight-year-old newcomer Kokone Hamada.

The film opened