Thursday, July 16, 2009

Rights for "Love Exposure" and "Battle League Harumo" get snapped up

by Chris MaGee

You won't find two more different films thatn Sion Sono's "Love Exposure" and Katsuhide Motoki's "Kamogawa Horumo: Battle League in Kyoto". One is a 4-hour epic that deals with religion, cults, martial arts and upskirt photography, while the other is a big screen adaptation of the Manabu Makime novel about a group of Kyoto university students who use magical sprites to do battle with each other. What both of these films have in common, though, is that they are both being released on DVD with English subs by companies with stellar reputations.

UK-based Third Window Films, who have previously released "Memories of Matsuko" and "Funuke: Show Some Love, You Losers! " has picked up the rights to "Love Exposure" and will be giving the film its UK debut at this year's Raindance Film Festival in October with plans for a DVD release early next year. Meanwhile Viz Pictures will be screening "Battle League Harumo" at this year's Fantastic Fest with a DVD release in 2010.

Thanks to Third Window Film's Adam Torel and Anime News Network for the details on these two releases.

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