Gaga announces Cannes buys

Japanese indie dist takes Wang's 'Apart Together'

TOKYO – Gaga Corp., one of the few independent Japanese distributors making significant acquisitions, has announced a handful of titles it picked up at Cannes, including Paul W. S. Anderson’s 3D reworking of “Three Musketeers” from Summit.
Gaga also grabbed Robert Luketic’s “Killers” from Lionsgate, François Ozon’s “Potiche” from Wild Bunch; and Wang Quan'an’s “Apart Together” from Celluloid Dreams.
Before Cannes, the company announced it had picked up Rodrigo Cortes’ “Buried,” Sam Taylor Wood’s “Nowhere Boy” and Tom Ford’s “A Single Man.”
“We try to find titles that can attract not only the foreign film lovers, but also the broader audience who usually do not come into theaters to watch movies,” said Tatsumi “Tom” Yoda, Gaga’s CEO and chairman, who bought the company back from Usen last year.
After some difficult years the company has enjoyed success recently with titles such as “District 9” and French nature documentary “Oceans.”
“Oceans” set a boxoffice record for a documentary with $26 million, after opening last year’s Tokyo International Film Festival.
CEO Yoda is also chairman of TIFF until his tenure expires after this year’s event in October.
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