The Crows deal was closed today by TBS International Content Business division's Miyuki Takamatsu and Splendid's Marko Moellers. Splendid acquired all German and Benelux rights. Splendid previously acquired TBS hits Sinking Of Japan and Dororo before the films were completed.
Directed by cult helmer Takashi Miike and based on a hit manga, Crows: Episode 0 had its world premiere at PIFF on October 8. It will have its Japan premiere at the Tokyo International Film Festival on October 25. Crows depicts the ultra-violent gang battles at a tough urban high school.
The X-Cross deal was closed today by Toei's manager of international sales Tadayuki Okubo and Moellers, with splendid picking up all German and Dutch-speaking Benelux rights. Splendid previously acquired Toei's Samurai Resurrection (2003). X-Cross is set for German release next year.
The rural thriller is directed by Kenta Fukasaku (Battle Royale II) and written by Death Note scripter Tetsuya Oishi.
Both deals follow on the heels of Splendid's Pusan AFM acquisition of four Korean titles from CJ Entertainment, including NYC-set West 32nd, horror films Black House and Wide Awake, and thriller Puzzle. Primarily a DVD and theatrical distributor, Splendid has ramped up its Asian acquisitions in recent years.
Toei is also selling Ryo Kase drama The Invitation From Cinema Orion, and sexually explicit drama Nami - The Actress, directed by visual stylist Takashi Ishii.
TBS is selling rights for completed films Sky Of Love (KoiZora), starring Star Summit Asia participant Haruma Miura, and Bandage Club (Hotai Club), starring Yuya Yagira (Nobody Knows). Several in-development projects are also on offer.
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