Takashi Miike’s ‘Yakuza Apocalypse’ Bought for U.S. by Samuel Goldwyn Films

Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired North American rights to Japanese director Takashi Miike’s comedic vampire action thriller “Yakuza Apocalypse.”

The film premiered as part of the Directors’ Fortnight program at the Cannes Film Festival and will screen in the Midnight Madness program at the Toronto Film Festival. Samuel Goldwyn Films is planning an Oct. 9 release in the U.S.

The story focuses on a Yakuza boss who’s also a bloodsucking vampire. As he’s killed by a competing clan, he passes on his vampire powers to his loyal lieutenant, whose first order of business is to avenge his mentor.

Miike’s credits include “Audition” (1999), “Ichi the Killer” (2001) and “13 Assassins” (2010). Miike directed “Yakuza Apocalypse” from a screenplay by Yoshitaka Yamaguchi.

The film stars Hayato Ichihara, Yayan Ruhian (“The Raid” and “The Raid 2”) and Lily Franky. Producers are Yoshinori Chiba, Shinichiro Masuda, Shinjiro Nishimura and Misako Saka.

The deal was negotiated by Ian Puente on behalf of Samuel Goldwyn Films and by Nate Bolotin of XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers.

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