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ADV boarding 'Ghost Train,' 'Synesthesia'

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ADV Films has purchased North American rights to the live-action horror feature "Ghost Train" and the suspense thriller "Synesthesia" from Japanese entertainment conglomerate Shochiku, the companies said Thursday.

Houston-based ADV, a leading producer-distributor of Japanese animation outside Japan, plans to release both features and the TV series "Le Chevalier d'eon," also purchased in the deal, before the summer, the companies said on the second day of the American Film Market.

The Anime Network, owned by ADV parent A.D. Vision, reaches more than 40 million households.

"We are very proud of the titles and hope their success in the U.S. and other territories mirrors their success in Japan," said Masaki Koga, head of international business for Shochiku, whose "The Twilight Samurai" in 2004 was the first live-action Japanese film to earn an Oscar nomination in 22 years.