HanWay Films will be introducing buyers to Takashi Miike’s next film Thirteen Assassins at the Cannes film festival.

The London based sales company will handle international rights to the samurai epic, while distributor Toho will release the film theatrically in Japan. Principal photography will start in July in Japan.

Producer Toshiaki Nakazawa and his Tokyo based production company, Sedic International, are working with Jeremy Thomas and the Recorded Picture Company on the film.

The epic is set in the era of the shogun and follows thirteen assassins who undertake a suicide mission to kill an evil young Lord. The story is based on Eiichi Kudo’s 1963 film of the same name.

Producer Nakazawa, who won an Oscar this year forDepartures, previously worked with Miike on Sukiyaki Western Django andThe Bird People in China.

HanWay Films’ current slate includes Jon Amiel’s Creation Scott Hicks’ The Boys Are Back, Gurinder Chadha’s It’s A Wonderful Afterlife and Sam Taylor Wood’s Nowhere Boy.