Japanese indie studio Gaga activates international sales for a handful of films in post-production with “Antiques! Osaka Dreams” and “#Manhole” are the headlines.
“Antiques” is a comedy about get-rich-quick, fakes and the world of antiques. The film is directed by Take Masaharu, the hit producer of 100 Yen Love, The Gun and The Naked Director. Starring Nakai Kiichi, Sasaki Kuranosuke and Yasuda Shota, the film will be released in Japanese cinemas on January 6, 2023, it is expected to be a busy period in cinemas.
The company is also involved in the suspense thriller “#Manhole,” which it showed at the Cannes market in May without any cast details.
Directed by Kumakiri Kazuyoshi and written by Okada Michitaka, the film depicts a promising young man with everything in order who falls to the bottom of a deep shaft on the eve of his wedding. Trapped and imagining all kinds of horrors, the groom-to-be uses his smartphone to find friends, the police, and social media. But his situation is getting worse. And it is far from certain that he will get to the altar in time.
Gaga now confirms that rising star Yuto Nakajima is the male lead, and that the film will hit theaters in February 2023.
According to Gaga, remake rights are available for both films.
The company is also promoting the animated film “Break of Dawn,” which previously played at the Sitges festival and opened in Japanese cinemas on Friday. Based on the manga “Bokura no Yoake” by Imai Tetsuya, the film is directed by Kurokawa Tomoyuki and follows a child who befriends an alien who inhabits the body of an AI robot.
Gaga has been busy recently at the Busan Film Market where she presented four completed films. They included the documentary “Akai” about a TV host who used to be a boxer; biographical drama “A Mother’s Touch,” which opens in Japan next week; dementia drama “One Hundred Flowers”; and “Offbeat Cops,” starring Abe Hiroshi, which recently played at the New York Asian Film Festival.