‘Swords’ fall on WB Japan

Pic to preem in October

HONG KONG — Warner Bros. Japan has picked up local rights to Venice opening film “Seven Swords.”

In a deal struck between William Ireton of Warner Japan, Fortissimo Films’ Michael J. Werner, Lee Joon-ick and Iseki Satoru of Boram Entertainment, Warner took theatrical and video rights, while Nine Entertainment licensed it for Japanese TV.

Pic, directed by Tsui Hark, has grossed in excess of RMB80 million ($9.8 million) in China and will preem in Japan in October.

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