Film unit to bow online on May 21

TOKYO — Shochiku will bow Shochiku Online, a streaming service for its pics, on May 21.

Users will be able to view one pic for seven days for ¥367 ($3.54) or take out a monthly subscription for $10.14.

The site will be operated by Shochiku subsid Eisei Gekijo (Satellite Theater), with an initial target of 100,000 subscribers. 

Shochiku will launch the service with 100 pics, including classics from auteurs Yasujiro Ozu and Keisuke Kinoshita and its 48-episode “Tora-san” series, about a wandering peddler who is forever falling in love.

It will add 10-20 titles monthly and will be streaming 200 titles by the end of its first year.  

Shochiku has been webcasting its contents on its Cinelier site in cooperation with Showtime and other partners since 2006.

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