Japanese auds often see Hollywood movies later than other territories due to exhib logjams and long lead times for promo campaigns.
Now that is happening with homegrown productions, albeit for different reasons.
Nippon major Shochiku last week released its chiller “Ghost Train” in South Korea two months ahead of its Sept. 30 Japanese release.
Pic, the helming debut of “Doppelganger” scripter Takeshi Furusawa, scored $900,000 from a 120-print release in South Korea through CJ Entertainment.
“Because South Korean moviegoers have embraced the horror genre so emphatically, we felt it would be of advantage to open the movie there and let word of mouth build prior to its opening in Japan,” said Teruki Matsumoto, Shochiku’s head of filmed entertainment.