Japanese studio selling two romantic dramas
TOKYO — Shochiku has added three new pics to the international sales slate it is bringing to Cannes, the company announced Wednesday.Two of them, horror pic “Densen-Uta” and romantic drama “Mirai Yorozu,” are in production, while the third, the romantic drama “Jigyaku no Uta,” is in post. Based on an original story by Yasushi Akimoto (“One Missed Call”), “Densen-Uta” is based on an urban legend about a song that fatally infects its listeners, in the case of the film, Japanese high school girls. Ryuhei Matsuda and Yusuke Iseya star, while Masato Harada (“Inugami,” “Kamikaze Taxi”) helms. Release is skedded for late summer. Based on two linked hit songs from the pop duo Dreams Come True, “Mirai Yorozu” stars Nao Matsushita in a drama about two college students who fall in love but take separate paths after graduation until they finally reunite in Barcelona. Hiroshi Chono is helming while Shochiku will release in the fall. “Jigyaku No Uta” is a romantic drama from hitmaker Yukihiko Tsutsumi (“Memories of Tomorrow,” “Trick”) starring Miki Nakatani and Hiroshi Abe as a woman and man whose personality flaws promise romantic disaster, but end up attracted to each other anyway. Together with these titles, Shochiku’s lineup for Cannes includes the CG-animated “Vexille”; family pic “Kitaro”; the hit mother-son drama “Tokyo Tower,” which is on track to earn $30 million at the Japanese B.O.; and “Kabei,” a WWII family drama by Oscar-nommed helmer Yoji Yamada (“The Twilight Samurai”).