Japanese studio Nikkatsu has sold Alien Vs Ninja to Revolver Entertainment for the UK and M Pictures for Thailand.
Written and directed by Seiji Chiba, the special effects-laden film is set many centuries ago and follows a band of ninjas doing battle with aliens who crash land in Japan. It stars Masanori Mimoto, Shuji Kashiwabara, Donpei Tsuchihira and Mika Hijii.
The action direction is handled by Yuji Shimomura and Kensuke Sonomura, prolific stuntmen and action choreographers who are now branching out into Asian and US productions.
The sale marks Nikkatsu’s first deal with London and L.A.-based Revolver. M Pictures previously picked up rights for The Machine Girl.
As reported on ScreenDaily, Alien Vs Ninja is the first title for Nikkatsu’s newly-established extreme gore-action film label Sushi Typhoon. Nikkatsu showed buyers a one-minute promo reel for Alien Vs Ninja and is currently negotiating deals with other territories.
Headed by Yoshinori Chiba, Sushi Typhoon will produce titles by cult directors, including Sion Sono, Noboru Iguchi and Takashi Miike, for overseas audiences.