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Samuel Goldwyn Picks Up Takashi Miike's 'Yakuza Apocalypse'
Ahead of its North American premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, Takashi Miike’s comedic vampire action thriller Yakuza Apocalypse has been picked up by Samuel Goldwyn Films.
The distributor is penciling in a October 9, 2015 release date.
The movie premiered at the 2015 Cannes International Film Festival and it will screen as part of the Midnight Madness sidebar at next month’s Toronto Film Festival.
Here’s the logline from Samuel Goldwyn: "Yakuza boss Kamiura is also a bloodsucking vampire. One day, men arrive from a competing clan and deliver him an ultimatum: Play nice or die. Kamiura refuses and, during a fierce battle, is torn limb from limb. With his dying breath, he passes on his vampire powers to his loyal lieutenant, Kageyama. His first order of business is to avenge his mentor, setting him on a collision course with the seemingly unstoppable foreign syndicate, and take his place as the new Yakuza boss."
In the company’s announcement, Miike, the enveloping pushing director behind such as cult films as Ichi the Killer, said "I wonder if it's really okay to let this film loose outside of Japan. As it's not anything anyone can deal with on their own, it's best to watch with friends."
XYZ Films repped the filmmakers in the deal.