Well Go USA Acquires Japanese Thriller – The Hollywood Reporter

Well Go USA has acquired all North American rights to Japanese director Kensuke Sonomura’s hard-hitting crime thriller Bad city.

A sequel to the genre director’s murder thriller Hydra since last year, bad city will be screened at Fantastic Fest in Austin on Friday, followed by a competition slot in Sitges in October.

Well Go will first stream the film on its specialized martial arts streamer Hi-YAH! like a Hi-YAH! Original, followed by a theatrical release and wider VOD release later this year.

The film is set in Kaiko City, a place torn by rampant corruption and violence between a private conglomerate, the yakuza, and even the authorities. But after a mob-linked businessman runs for mayor and begins systematically eliminating his opponents, a former police captain imprisoned for murder is freed in a last-ditch desperate effort to bring down the corrupt tycoon.

bad city stars Hitoshi Ozawa (Gozu; Dead or alive; Shoot, darling), Hideto Katsuya (Kamen Rider W, Kamen Rider Zero-One), Masanori Mimoto (Hydra, baby assassins, enter the big dragon), Akane Sakanoué (Ultraman X, your eyes say it), Masaya Kato (Godzilla, brother, fighting in the wind), Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi (Kamen Rider Kabuto, Bushido man) and Lily Franky (Shoplifters, Yakuza Apocalypse).

Well Go is known for its steady North American release of edgy action titles from across Asia, with semi-recent titles including the Korean zombie sequel Peninsulafrom Hong Kong Better days or from Japan First love by Takashi Mike.

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