Chinese distrib picks rights to Okinawa's 'Catcher'

TOKYO — An Okinawan pic directed by a junior high school student, has been sold to a Chinese distrib, a first for Okinawa.

Sugar Train, a production company based in the semi-tropical island, has sold the rights to locally produced pic “The Catcher on the Shore” to All Rights Entertainment.

Ryugo Nakamura was only 13 when he directed “Catcher,” which has become a local hit, drawing 50,000 auds.

All Rights plans to release “Catcher” in Shanghai, Beijing and other Chinese markets. Sugar Train hopes to use this partnership to expand further into Chinese-language territories, including Taiwan and Hong Kong.

“Catcher,” centers on a boy who sees a goat being slaughtered while on a visit to his grandparents and his quest to save their remaining goat from the knife. The 2010 pic has been screened at various fests in Japan and abroad, including at Shanghai and the Shinsedai Film Festival in Toronto.

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