Django to produce for domestic, int'l markets

The Nikkatsu studio and Desperado Films are partnering to launch a new production unit, Django Film Corp.

The aim is to combine Nikkatsu’s comprehensive production resources with Desperado’s filmmaking expertise to produce theatrical projects for both the domestic and international markets.

The company will officially open for business at the end of October, with Nikkatsu contributing 80% and Desperado 20% of Django’s startup capital. First projects are “still in the development stage and are not yet ready to be announced,” a Nikkatsu rep said.

Japan’s oldest studio, involved in all aspects of the biz from production to distribution, Nikkatsu has been on a roll recently, scoring an indie hit last year with Naoko Ogigami’s quirky female buddy film “Kamome Diner” and this fall topping the B.O. as the co-distrib of the smash toon “Eva: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone.”

At PIFF Nikkatsu is market screening the Jun Ichikawa (“Tony Takitani”) teen drama “How to Become Myself” and the Satoshi Miki comedy “Deathfix: Die and Let Live,” starring Oscar-nommed Rinko Kikuchi.

It also is repping Ogigami’s hit follow-up “Megane (Glasses), which equaled “Kamome Diner’s” blistering B.O. pace following its Sept. 22 bow in Japan.

A production, acquisitions and publicity outfit launched in August 2006 by Face and Amuse Soft Entertainment, Desperado is headed by Naoyuki Sakagami, whose many credits include the big-budget thrillers “White Out” (2000) and “Aegis” (2005), as well as Mamoru Oshii’s international cult favorite “Avalon” (2000).

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