Shochiku's 'Panda Diary' logs slew of sales

Wild Bunch taking docu to France, Benelux, Germany, Italy

Japan's Shochiku has sold French, Benelux, German and Italian rights to Paris-based Wild Bunch for Tadashi Mori's panda documentary, "Panda Diary."

The docu, filmed in the Chendu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China and Adventure World in Japan, focuses on pandas who have never known life in their natural habitat.

"We are extremely happy and honored to work with Wild Bunch, who had changed the world's perspective on animal documentary with 'March of the Penguins,' " said Masaki Koga, GM of Shochiku's licensing business division.