The North American distribution rights to Bad City, a hard-hitting crime thriller directed by Japanese filmmaker Kensuke Sonomura, have been purchased by Well Go USA.
The genre director’s follow-up to last year’s assassin thriller Hydra, Bad City, will premiere this Friday at Austin’s Fantastic Fest before making its way to an in-competition slot at Sitges in October.
The film will debut as a Hi-YAH! Original on Well Go’s martial arts-focused streaming service Hi-YAH! before making its way to theaters and a wider VOD release later this year.
Kaiko City is the setting of the film, and its citizens, private corporations, the yakuza, and even the government are all involved in the widespread corruption and violence that plagues the city. However, a former police captain serving time for murder is released in a last-ditch effort to bring down a corrupt billionaire who was aided in his political rise by the mafia.
Starring Hitoshi Ozawa (Gozu), Hideto Katsuya (Kamen Rider W, Kamen Rider Zero-One), Masanori Mimoto Hydra, Baby Assassins, Enter the Fat Dragon, Akane Sakanoue, Ultraman X, Your Eyes Tell, Masaya Kato, Godzilla, Brother, Fighter in the Wind, Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi, Kamen Rider Kabuto, Bushido Man, and Shoplifters, Yakuza Apocalypse.
Recently released titles from Well Go, all of which hail from Asia, including the Korean zombie sequel Peninsula, the Hong Kong film Better Days, and the Japanese film First Love, directed by Takashi Miike.