'Tokyo' on the map via Regent


Regent Releasing has acquired North American rights to Kiyoshi Kurosawa's domestic drama "Tokyo Sonata" following a Festival de Cannes win and a Toronto bow.

The darkly comic portrait of a laid-off Japanese businessman (Teruyuki Kagawa) whose effort to hide his unemployment leads to the demise of his family won this year's Un Certain Regard Jury Prize in Cannes. "Tokyo" will have its U.S. premiere Oct. 9 at the New York Film Festival, followed by a theatrical rollout in select U.S. cities early next year.

Yukie Kito and Fortissimo Films' Wouter Barendrecht produced the project for Kurosawa, who is better known for J-horror genre films like "Pulse."

Regent's Mark Reinhart negotiated the deal with Fortissimo's Michael J. Werner. (partialdiff)