Gaga closes deals for ‘Shaolin’

Action film sold to major territories

“Shaolin Girl,” the actioner helmed by Katsuyuki Motohiro (“Bayside Shakedown” series), has sold to major Asian territories prior to its market bow at Cannes, producer Fuji TV said Monday.

Gaga Communications, which is repping the pic worldwide, has closed deals with Edko Films for Hong Kong; San-Byte Hong Kong for Taiwan; Festive Films for Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei; and Sahamongkol Film Intl. for Thailand.

Exec produced by Chihiro Kameyama of Fuji TV and Stephen Chow, pic is a follow-up to Chow’s 2001 smash “Shaolin Soccer.” It stars Kou Shibasaki as a woman trained in Shaolin kung fu who returns to Japan to revive her beloved grandfather’s defunct martial arts school.

Distrib Toho opened the film on 318 screens on Saturday.

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