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Korean Firm Picks Up International Rights to Higanjima

posted on 2009-10-28 13:15 EDT
Showgate to promote manga adaptation at November's American Film Market

The Korean media company Showbox Mediaplex has acquired the international rights (except Korean and Japan) for Tae-Gyun Kim's live-action film adaptation of Kōji Matsumoto's Higanjima supernatural horror manga. The manga is named after a fictional island where the brother (Dai Watanabe) of the main character Akira Miyamoto (Hideo Ishiguro) went missing two years ago. Miyamoto leads a search party of friends to the island and discovers that there are vampires and other creatures lurking on it. Tetsuya Oishi, the screenwriter for the live-action Death Note films, scripted the film for Tae-Gyun Kim, whose previous credits include Volcano High and the current Oscar hopeful Crossing.

The film has been delayed in Japan until January 9, although it premiered at the Pusan International Film Festival on October 9. No release dates outside of Japan have been announced.

Showbox, which does not release films itself outside of Korea, is planning to screen the film at the American Film Market in Santa Monica next month.


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