Palm Pictures glams up with satire 'Hanai'
EmptyNEW YORK -- Palm Pictures has acquired North American rights to Meike Mitsuru's political and sexual satire "The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai," centering on a Japanese call girl who gets caught up in international intrigue.
The project began as a Japanese softcore "Pink" film with the title "Horny Home Tutor: Teacher's Love Juice" but was expanded in length after gaining a Japanese cult following.
In the film, the title character gets shot in the head after a fight breaks out at her sexual role-playing club, allowing her to "understand foreign languages and solve complex mathematic formulas," according to the official plot line. She discovers a finger cut from the American president in her pocket and is soon using her newfound powers to stop evil forces from "pushing the button" to start worldwide nuclear war.
The Japanese-language production will be released in theaters in early April and on Palm's DVD label shortly thereafter. It had its North American premiere at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's New York Video Festival in July 2005 and will be eligible for Oscar consideration.
Palm Pictures head of theatrical sales Ed Arentz negotiated the acquisition with Hisami Kuroiwa of international sales agent Media Space.