XLRATOR MEDIA ACQUIRES “TOYKO TRIBE” FOR NORTH AMERICAN DISTRIBUTION ON ITS TURBO ACTION LABEL

LOS ANGELES (March 11, 2015) – XLrator Media (Jimi: All Is By My Side, The Machine) has acquired North American distribution rights to the street-gang/martial arts action/hip-hop musical epic TOYKO TRIBE, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). XLrator Media will release the film in Fall 2015 on its “TURBO” action label.

TOKYO TRIBE was written and directed by Sion Sono, whose previous film Why Don’t You Play in Hell? won TIFF’s People’s Choice Midnight Madness award. TOKYO TRIBE stars Ryohei Suzuki and Young Dais and is based on the manga by Santa Inoue. It was produced by Yoshinori Chiba, Kinya Oguchi and Nobuhiro Iizuka. 

 “Audiences have never seen anything like TOKYO TRIBE and will be blown away by its originality, energy, and mind-blowing action and musical sequences that pay homage to everything from Quentin Tarantino to Scarface to West Side Story,” said XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon.

In a futuristic, alternate Tokyo made up of ghetto slums and nightclub playgrounds, territorial street gangs rule the city. The opposing factions – each with their own distinctive style -- control different neighborhoods and crossing territorial lines leads to riots and rumbles. When a megalomaniacal gang leader tries to invade the other gangs’ turf, the city explodes into an all-out war.  

The deal was negotiated by XLrator Media’s Barry Gordon with XYZ Films’ Nate Bolotin for Nikkatsu Corporation.

 

 

ABOUT XLRATOR MEDIA, LLC

One of the fastest-growing independent film distribution companies in North America since its creation in 2010, XLrator Media, LLC (XLratorMedia.com) will release 25 films in 2015. Its recent releases include Academy Award-winner John Ridley’s JIMI: ALL IS BY MY SIDE starring Andre Benjamin as rock legend Jimi Hendrix and SXSW hits HOUSEBOUND and THE MULE. XLrator Media is also the home of the acclaimed MACABRE and TURBO genre film labels. The company previously released such diverse films as THE MACHINE, CBGB, AMERICAN MARY, STORM SURFERS 3D, BANSHEE CHAPTER and IRONCLAD: BATTLE FOR BLOOD.

 

ABOUT NIKKATSU CORPORATION

Established in 1912, as one of the oldest Japanese studio, Nikkatsu’s diverse business activities include operation of the production studio, overseas film acquisition, distribution, a cable TV channel and a Film Course at Josai International University.  It is also a member of the Yomiuri-Nippon TV group, the leading media conglomerate in Japan, and in the fast evolving market today, Nikkatsu has a focus on its international activities – in 2014, the company established Kantana Japan, a JV with a Thai production group – and seek to work more closely with partners outside the industry and around the globe. Recent releases include My Man which won the best film award at Moscow int’l film fest, Takashi Miike’s Yakuza Apocalypse and Hideo Nakata’s new horror film Ghost Theater (working title).