Taiwan sells raft of films to Japan

Joint Entertainment, Three Dots sell to SPO

CANNES -- Taipei-based Joint Entertainment on Monday sold a slew of titles to Tokyo-based SPO, marking the first deal at the Cannes Film Festival between a Taiwanese sales company and a Japanese distributor of independent films.

Titles sold include “Keeping Watch;” Venice Critics Week Award winner “The Most Distant Course;” “Exit No. 6;” “Island Etude;” and “What On Earth Have I Done Wrong?!”

The deal also involves another two titles from Taipei-based Three Dots Entertainment, “Spider Lily,” winner of the Teddy Bear Award at Berlin; and “My DNA Says I Love You.”

SPO will release the films under the banner “Taiwan Film Festival,” on August 23 at its Tokyo Roppongi Cinemart for four weeks, and then move them to Osaka in late October.

“SPO INC was one of the key hands in pushing Korean films and TV drama series into the Japanese market,” said Joint Entertainment’s James Liu. “We are hoping this is the beginning of a wave for Taiwanese films in Japan.”

The deal evolved after the launch of Joint Entertainment’s specialist sales outfit at South Korea's Pusan International Film Festival last year.