Weinsteins bring 'Nightmare' to U.S., U.K.


TOKYO -- The latest supernatural thriller from Japan has been picked up by the Weinstein Co. for distribution in North America, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand.

In a deal first set in motion at November's American Film Market, Arclight Films subsidiary Easternlight Films has announced that it has sold the rights to "Nightmare Detective" for an undisclosed fee after the movie screened at the Pusan and Rome film festivals.

Written and directed by Shinya Tsukamoto and starring Ryuhei Matsuda, Masanobu Ando and singer Hitomi, the movie is the tale of a female detective investigating a pair of suicides mysteriously connected by the fact that both victims dialed zero on their mobile phones just seconds before they died.

The detective tracks down a man with the power to enter people's dreams, a device that enables Tsukamoto to put his idiosynchratic filming styles to good use.

Easternlight focuses on bringing Asian titles to audiences in the U.S. and Europe and has done business with the Weinsteins for several years, said Jonathan Deckter, president of international sales for Arclight Films.

Produced by Movie Eye Entertainment and Kaijyu Theater, the film is scheduled for release in Japan on Jan. 13.

Tsukamoto's "A Snake of June" won two awards at the Venice International Film Festival in 2002.