Japanese mini-major launches new label
Toei, one of Japan’s leading distribs of local films, is re-entering the foreign-pic acquisition arena for the first time in 30 years.The mini-major is launching Toei Tryangle for foreign pics, under the management of its international department. It already has two pics lined up. Helmer Jeong-beom Lee’s smash Korean actioner “The Man From Nowhere,” featuring Won Bin, will bow on Sept. 17, and Jackie Chan’s Chinese period drama “1911” will open Nov. 5. In related news, Toei has completed the expansion of Toei Movie Studio Park, its theme park in Kyoto. The $40-million revamp adds an animation museum, where visitors can experience the toon-making process; a Ninja house, where hidden passageways, trapdoors and other tricks of the Ninja trade are on display; and a museum devoted to ukyoe, the art of woodblock printing. The new attractions will open Sept. 15.