Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group Acquires Domestic Media Rights for Blood: The Last Vampire

“Now that She's Here, There Will Be Blood…”


Samuel Goldwyn Films to Release English Language Live-Action Version of the Popular 
Japanese Anime Feature From a Producer of 
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero

Culver City, CA (May 1, 2009) — Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group (SPWAG) has picked up domestic media rights for East Wing Holdings Corp. and SAJ's Blood: The Last Vampire. The announcement was made by Adrian Alperovich, SPWAG's Senior Executive Vice President and General Manager, along with Scott Shooman, SPWAG Vice President, Acquisitions and Productions, who brokered the deal with East Wing's Bill Kong (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero).

Samuel Goldwyn Films will release the feature film Blood: The Last Vampire in theatres later this summer.

Directed by Chris Nahon (Empire of the Wolves, Kiss of the Dragon), Blood: The Last Vampire brings to life an English language live-action feature movie of the original Japanese anime feature film. Gianna (My Sassy Girl, Daisy) stars in the film as Saya, a 400-year-old demon-hunting vampire slayer working undercover in Japan for a secret organization, on a mission in the Vietnam War era. The cast also includes Koyuki (The Last Samurai, Always: Sunset on Third Street), Michael Byrne (Beyond the Sea, Gangs of New York), Colin Salmon (Resident Evil, Punisher: War Zone, Clubbed), and Allison Miller (“Kings”). The film features stunt choreographed by Cory Yuen (Transporter 3, Red Cliff), is produced by Bill Kong and Abel Nahmias, with screenplay by Chris Chow.

“We are thrilled to extend our long-standing relationship with Producer Bill Kong and our partners at Samuel Goldwyn,” said Adrian Alperovich, SPWAG. “This film will absolutely blow audiences away.”

“We had a great collaboration with Sony Pictures in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and we feel so excited to work with them again. Blood: the Last Vampire is action-packed and powerful, and we can't wait to show this movie to audiences over the world,” remarked Bill Kong.

Echoes Meyer Gottlieb, President, Samuel Goldwyn Films: “We feel extremely fortunate to once again collaborate with our friends at Sony. Blood is incredibly entertaining with some of the most exciting action sequences I've ever seen on film. Audiences are in for a real treat.”

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About Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group (SPWAG) is a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE). SPE is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, (SCA), a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; digital content creation and distribution; worldwide channel investments; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of filmed entertainment in more than 100 countries. Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at

About Samuel Goldwyn Films
Samuel Goldwyn Films is a major, independently owned and operated motion-picture company that develops produces and distributes innovative feature films and documentaries.  The company is dedicated to working with world renowned and emerging writers/filmmakers and committed to filmed entertainment that offers original voices in uniquely told stories.  This steadfastness is best exemplified by the Academy Award® nominated THE SQUID AND THE WHALE, the Academy Award® nominated SUPER SIZE ME, AMAZING GRACE and Julie Delpy's hit comedy 2 DAYS IN PARIS. Goldwyn's 2008 slate included PRICELESS, a romantic comedy starring Audrey Tautou, Academy Award® winner Claude Lelouch's ROMAN DE GARE, the critically hailed ELEGY starring Academy Award® winner Penélope Cruz and Academy Award® winner Ben Kingsley and the box office smash FIREPROOF.  Already on tap for 2009 are BROTHERS AT WAR, an intimate portrait of an American family during a turbulent time, AMERICAN VIOLET starring Academy Award® nominee and Emmy Award® winner Alfre Woodard and Emmy Award® winner Charles Dutton that recently premiered at the prestigious Telluride Film Festival, THE MERRY GENTLEMAN which marks Michael Keaton's feature film directorial debut and MANAGEMENT, a romantic comedy starring Jennifer Aniston, Steve Zahn and Woody Harrelson that premiered at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival.

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