We thought only American TV movie producers jumped into ongoing news events and started shooting. Now comes word that Peruvian film company Video Mundo is in production on a movie about the hostage crisis at the Japanese embassy in Lima, where Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement guerillas have held 72 people hostage for 79 days.

The film is called The Other Hostages and will feature actors portraying all the principals in the standoff, including rebel leader Nestor Cerpa Cartolini, the chief mediator, Michel Minnig of the Red Cross and the Japanese ambassador Morihisa Aoki, one of the captives. A U.S. company, Better World, will co-produce.

Casting started Tuesday in Lima with an open call for extras to portray the guests at the embassy party, who originally numbered 500 the night the rebels stormed the embassy. Presumably, the producers will frisk the auditioning extras for weapons--or run the risk of some other film company rushing out the tale of the movie set held hostage by Peruvian rebels.

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