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iW NEWS | Regent Takes “Tokyo Sonata” for North America

iW NEWS | Regent Takes "Tokyo Sonata" for North America

North American rights to Kiyoshi Kurosawa‘s “Tokyo Sonata,” which took the jury prize at this year’s Un Certain Regard in Cannes have been acquired by Regent Releasing from Fortissimo, the company announced Tuesday. Regent plans an early 2009 theatrical release in select cities. The film is the second film that Regent picked up at the recent Toronto International Film Festival from Fortissimo Films. Regent also acquired “Serbis” at TIFF ’08 and both films will make their U.S. premiere at the upcoming 46th New York Film Festival. Set in contemporary Tokyo, “Tokyo Sonata” is a story of an ordinary Japanese family of four that hides their inner schisms. The father, Ryuhei Sasaki, like any other Japanese businessman, is faithfully devoted to his work. His wife, Megumi, left on her own to manage the house, struggles to retain a bond with her oldest son in college, Takashi, and the youngest, Kenji, a sensitive boy in elementary school. Mark Reinhart, West Coast general manager and EVP Distribution and acquisitions for Regent negotitated the deal with Michael J. Werner, co-chairman of Fortissimo Films. [Brian Brooks]

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