XYZ Partners with Takashi Miike’s ‘Yakuza Apocalypse’ and Sono’s ‘Tokyo Tribe’

By Kevyn Cortez | 3 years ago
XYZ Partners with Takashi Miike’s ‘Yakuza Apocalypse’ and Sono’s ‘Tokyo Tribe’

XYZ films partners up with Nikkatsu for the North America sales of the Japanese genre films “Tokyo Tribe” and “Yakuza Apocalypse.” Read on for more details about this scoop.

According to Deadline, a partnership is established between Los Angeles-based XYZ films and Nikkatsu for the North America sales of the Japanese action films “Tokyo Tribe” and “Yakuza Apocalypse.” “Tokyo Tribe” is an adaptation of Santa Inoue’s manga of futuristic gang wars between thugs battling through rap and violence. The film is directed and written by Japanese filmmaker, Sion Sono, known for his works such as “Love Exposure,” “Why Don’t You Play in Hell?” and “Cold Fish.” Yoshinori Chiba, Kinya Oguchi and Nobuhiro Iizuka are set to produce. Sono made his first feature-length film in 1990, “Bicycle Sighs,” a coming-of-age tale about two underachievers in the perfectionist Japan, which Sono co-wrote, directed and starred.  His second feature film “The Room” (Heya), also written by himself, was a bizarre tale about a serial killer looking for a room in a bleak, doomed Tokyo district. It participated at the Tokyo Sundance Film Festival and won the Special Jury Prize and toured on 49 festivals worldwide such as Berlin Film Festival and the Rotterdam Film Festival. “Tokyo Tribe” will be released in TIFF’s Midnight Madness program next month.

Moreover, XYZ is also prepping for the North American release of another Japanese film, Takashi Miike’s “Yakuza Apocalypse.” The action horror thriller film stars Yayan Ruhian who starred in XYZ productions “The Raid” and sequel “The Raid 2” with Hayato Ichihara. “Yakuza Apocalypse” is about the story of a young yakuza that discovers his boss’ vampiric secret. The film is penned by Yoshitaka Yamaguchi, with Shinjiro Nishimura, Yoshinori Chiba, Misako Saka and Shinichiro Masuda producing it.

Nikkatsu will be handling the international distribution of both films. This is not the first time the two studios collaborated, teaming up first for the Sundance action-thriller “Killers” by Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto, which XYZ handled worldwide.

“XYZ is thrilled to continue building our relationship with Nikkatsu. We’re profoundly appreciative of the opportunity to be in business with Japan’s oldest studio and two of the country’s most inventive filmmakers,” said Aram Tertzakian, an XYZ partner, as published on Deadline.

XYZ’s other upcoming project include “The Night Comes For Us,” directed by Tjahjanto. Tjahjanto has also worked with “Killers” and produced by Gareth Evans of “The Raid.”  That’s it for Sono’s “Tokyo Tribe” and Takashi Miike’s “Yakuza Apocalypse.” For more details on upcoming movies, stay tuned here on Movie News Guide (MNG).

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