Magnolia, Phase 4 nab ‘Sushi Girl’

Duo jointly acquire rights to revenge thriller

Magnolia Home Entertainment and Phase 4 Films have jointly acquired North American rights to Mark Hamill’s revenge thriller “Sushi Girl.”

Film, which premiered July 21 at the Fantasia Film Festival, will have a theatrical release in the U.S. and on cable VOD via Phase 4 Films late this year.

Magnolia will handle Blu-ray, DVD and digital VOD release under the Magnet Releasing label in early 2013. Phase 4 Films will also distribute the film theatrically and on homevideo in Canada.

“Sushi Girl” is directed by Kern Saxton, who co-scripted with Destin Pfaff. Pic was produced by Assembly Line, a team including Neal Fischer, Pfaff, Saxton and Suren M. Seron, in association with Level Up Prods.

Hamill and Tony Todd (“Candyman”) lead a cast including Noah Hathaway, James Duval, Andy Mackenzie, David Dastmalchian and Cortney Palm, with appearances by Michael Biehn, Sonny Chiba, Jeff Fahey and Danny Trejo.

The film centers on a man just released after six years in prison. He didn’t rat on those involved in the robbery that sent him away, and the men he protected celebrate his freedom with a congratulatory dinner of sushi, served off the naked body of a young woman who seems catatonic, trained to ignore everything in the room, even if things become dangerous.

The deals were negotiated by Magnolia’s Peter Van Steemburg and Chris Matson and Phase 4’s Larry Greenberg, with Nate Bolotin and Aram Tertzakian of XYZ Films and Suren M. Seron of Assembly Line.

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