TOKYO — Shochiku has sold “Midnight Eagle,” an action/thriller that opened the 20th Tokyo Film Festival, to major Asian territories.
Dong-A Export has acquired the pic for South Korea, Celestial Pictures for Hong Kong and Macao and Scorpio East Pictures for Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei.
Universal Pictures Japan led a consortium that underwrote the film’s $10 million budget. Based on Tetsuo Takashima’s bestseller, “Midnight Eagle” is about a U.S. stealth bomber that crashes in Japan’s Northern Alps and the struggle to keep its deadly nuclear payload from agents of an unidentified Asian country.
U recently pacted to distribute in North America.
Izuru Narushima (“Fly, Daddy, Fly”) helms and Takao Osawa (“Helen the Baby Fox”), Hiroshi Tamaki (“Waterboys”) and Yuko Takeuchi (“Closed Note”) star.
Pic was made with the cooperation of Japan’s Defense Agency and the Ground and Air Self-Defense forces.
“Midnight Eagle” will open in Japan on Nov. 23 on 313 screens, with Shochiku distribbing.