EXCLUSIVE: Nikkatsu pacts with Paris-based company, which will handle European sales on upcoming vampire yakuza movie.

Japanese studio Nikkatsu has pacted with Paris-based Backup Media, which will handle European sales on Takashi Miike’s upcoming vampire yakuza movie, Yakuza Apocalypse.

Nikkatsu has also sold the film to South Korea’s Media Soft, while Merantau Films, a production house on The Raid and The Raid 2, has acquired rights for Indonesia. As previously announced, XYZ Films is handling sales for North America. 

Set for a spring 2015 delivery, the film will be released in Japan by Nikkatsu. The studio describes the movie as both a “festival favourite and a crowd pleaser”.  

“Miike is one of the ‘in’ directors in Japan, and we expect he will entertain all Europe with Yakuza Apocalypse through Backup Media,” said Nikkatsu executive vice president, international operations, Aki Sugihara.

“It’s an honor for Backup Media to partner with such a great talented director and to start a partnership with one of the world’s most respected Japanese studios,” said Backup Media founding partner David Atlan-Jackson.

Written by Yoshitaka Yamaguchi, Yakuza Apocalypse is produced by Yoshinori Chiba, Shinichiro Masuda, Shinjiro Nishimura and Misako Saka.