TOKYO — Producer distrib Desperado will transfer the distribution of its pics currently in theaters and in its lineup to Nikkatsu as of Aug. 1.
The object, the partners said in a statement, is to allow Desperado to “maximize the allocation and concentration of its management resources” while helping Nikkatsu strengthen its distribution division.
The partners also plan to cooperate in other areas, though specifics were not mentioned.
Among the titles Desperado is distribbing are “I’m Not There,” “The Illusionist,” “The Astronaut Farmer” and “GS Wonderland,” a pic about the 1960s Japanese pop scene starring Chiaki Kuriyama (“Kill Bill Vol. 1”).
Launched in August 2006 by producer Yuji Ishida, Desperado acquires, produces and distributes Japanese and foreign pics. Its library includes “The Last King of Scotland,” “My Date With Drew,” the toon “Zero — Hokuto-no-Ken — Legend of Kenshiro” and the docu “Megumi.”
Founded in 1912, Nikkatsu is the oldest continually operating media company in Japan, involved in production, distribution, studio operation and broadcasting.