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Well Go USA Picks Up Two Movies From Japanese Horror Director Takashi Shimizu

The distributor will bring 3D horror tale "Tormented" as well as "The Shock Labyrinth" to North America.

Texas-based distributor Well Go USA has acquired all North American rights to Takashi Shimizu’s 3D horror thriller Tormented, which will premiere at the upcoming Venice Film Festival and has also been selected to screen as a competition film at October’s Sitges Film Festival.

Well Go also picked up rights to the director’s 2010 horror movie The Shock Labyrinth.

Shimizu is best known for his original Japanese version of The Grudge (Juon), released in 2002, and its 2003 sequel The Grudge 2 (Juon 2).

Doris Pfardrescher, president of Well Go, which specializes in bringing Asian Cinema to North America, brokered the deal with Fortissimo Films executive vp sales and acquisitions Willie Lau.

“We are looking to push the envelope and bring unique filmed entertainment from all corners of the world to the North American market,” Pfardrescher said. “We are excited to have secured rights to these films directed by the very talented, visionary director Takashi Shimizu that will no doubt resonate with the huge and passionate genre fan base.”