'The Crew' to Become First Russian Genre Movie in 10 Years to Get Japan Theatrical Release
The disaster movie is the highest-grossing homegrown film in Russia so far this year.
Russian movie Ekipazh (The Crew) has been sold to Japan and will become the first Russian genre film to be released theatrically in that country in more than 10 years.
"I was very impressed with The Crew quality-wise," Robert Jones, CEO of IPA Asia Pacific, which will release it in Japan, told The Hollywood Reporter. "Russian content is getting better and better, and we feel there will be audience for it in Japan."
Directed by Nikolai Lebedev and produced by TRITE Studio, The Crew is a remake of Alexander Mitta's 1979 movie of the same title, which was one of the Soviet era's most commercially successful pictures.
It focuses on an international flight's pilots' efforts to save the passengers following a disaster in a small town in the mountains.
The last Russian genre movie to be released theatrically in Japan was Timur Bekmambetov's Nochnoy Dozor (Night Watch), which grossed $477,000 in April 2006.
The Japanese release is tentatively scheduled for the fall, but the exact release date and the number of screens are to be determined later.
The Crew was released in Russia on April 22 and has grossed $23 million. It is currently the year's best-performing homegrown film and the third top-grossing movie in Russia overall behind Zootopia and Deadpool.
Apart from Japan, rights to theatrical distribution of The Crew have been sold to the Middle East, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Cambodia, Turkey, Baltics, Mongolia, Chile, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. Negotiations with distributors in Britain and other English-speaking territories are still in progress.