Describedas a ninja film meets Romeo and Julietand starring Joe Odagiri (Suite Dreams,Blood and Bones) and Yukie Nakama (G@me), anddirected by Ten Shimoyama, Shinobi is based on the famous novel Kouga Ninja Scrolls, also adapted into the popular animated series Basilisk, another FUNimationacquisition.
Foreigndistribution rights for Shinobihad previously been sold to a variety of territories around the globe,including Optimum Releasing in the
The Wachowski brothers' Off Road Pictures had expressedinterest in doing a modern-day remake of the film after seeing a show reel atCannes 2005, but the project has yet to materialise.
Shochiku'slive-action kids film Helen The Baby Fox is showing strong box office numbers in itssecond week having grossed $4.7m. FUNimation parentcompany Navarre Corporation, established in 1983, is a publisher anddistributor of multimedia products throughout