TOKYO - Francis Ford Coppola was reunited Tuesday with the typewriter he used while working on "Apocalypse Now", nearly four decades after he left it in a Tokyo hotel room.
The acclaimed US director also got back a reel of film believed to be a rough cut of the legendary Vietnam war movie, which he had also abandoned during his stay in the Japanese capital.
The inn's owner, Miyako Yanagiya, returned the now-valuable items at the glitzy Hotel Okura, where the filmmaker made a media appearance ahead of his receipt of Japan's top arts award, the Praemium Imperiale.
Yanigawa said Coppola had left them behind after a two-week stay in her Tamagawa Inn, a traditional-style lodging in Tokyo, in the mid- to late-1970s as he grappled with editing and financing an epic that would become one of the most acclaimed war films of all time.
The kimono-clad Yanagiya, who had been hovering at the back of the room, came forward as journalists wrapped up their questions to present Coppola with his lost property.
The director accepted the film reel, but autographed the typewriter and gave it back to his one-time hostess.
"You keep that and I will come back there sometime to stay in my room," he told her.
"Apocalypse Now", the 1979 epic based on Joseph Conrad's novel "Heart of Darkness", had a difficult birth, Coppola recalled.
"I was very depressed," he told journalists Tuesday. "I was in a financial disaster, and I was in a tough place. I came to Japan to try to think and write."