ADV draws a Japanese trio

Company nabs rights to 'Ghost Train,' 'Synesthesia'

Specialist U.S. distrib ADV Films has snapped up various rights packages to a trio of properties from Japanese major Shochiku.

Company acquired North American rights to feature movies “Ghost Train” and “Synesthesia.”  For hit animated TV series “Le Chevalier d’Eon,” it bought rights in North America, the U.K., Australia and English-speaking African territories.

“Ghost Train” is a contempo chiller about a girl who disappears leaving only spooky clues, while “Synesthesia” is a suspenser about loneliness and multiple murders. Helmed by Toru Matsuura, it stars Yosuke Eguchi, Masanobu Ando and Aoi Miyazaki.

“Le Chevalier” is “going to be a huge 2007 anime series for our market,” said John Ledford, prexy-chief exec of ADV Films. “Chevalier,” helmed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi and scripted by Tow Ubukata, is story of an 18th century cross-dressing diplomat.

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