Japanese international sales outfit Pony Canyon has closed pre-sales with two Asian buyers for Fuji TV titles Nodame Cantabile The Movie and Amalfi.
Panasia Film acquired both films for Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, while Singapore-based Golden Village bought rights to both for Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei. Both deals were closed following meetings at Hong Kong’s Filmart last month.
As reported on Screendaily last December, Nodame Cantabile The Movie is a two-part feature film adaptation of the hit Fuji TV series.
The story follows a brilliant but quirky piano student Megumi ‘Nodame’ Noda, played by Juri Ueno, and her aspiring conductor love interest (Hiroshi Tamaki). Production is slated to begin this June with famed classical music locations across Europe. Hideki Takeuchi, who directed the series, will also direct both films.
Japanese distributor Toho has slated the films for Christmas 2009 and spring 2010 releases.
As reported on Screendaily last November, kidnapping thriller-romance Amalfi is Fuji TV’s 50th anniversary film and its major summer release for 2009.
The film stars Bayside Shakedown’s Yuji Oda, Yuki Amami and Koichi Sato and is directed by Hiroshi Nishitani. Amalfi was shot entirely on location in Italy, including scenes at Rome’s Cinecitta studios.
Currently in post-production, Amalfi is slated for release on July 18 with Toho distributing.
Pony Canyon will continue sales of both titles at the Cannes market next month.