Chinese film distribution company Parallax Films has secured two early sales deals for Taiwanese indie dramas Love is a weapon at the upcoming TIFFCOM Content Market in Tokyo.

As the Tokyo International Film Festival began on Monday, Parallax reached agreements with Japanese distributor ReallyLikeFilms and Italian distributor Minerva Pictures. ReallyLikeFilms has picked up all Japanese rights to the title, while Minera has picked up the rights for Italy, Capo d’Istria, San Marino, Vatican City and Italian-speaking Malta, Monaco and Switzerland (for free and pay TV).

Love is a weapon is the directorial debut of 33-year-old Taiwanese actor Lee Hong-Chi, best known for his starring role in “ Thanatos, drunkwhich earned him the Best New Artist award at the 52nd Golden Horse Awards in 2015. Lee co-wrote and starred Love is a weapon, an existential noir that tells the story of a young man desperately trying to escape a life of crime. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival in the Critics’ Week category and won the event’s Lion of the Future prize, which goes to promising debut directors. The film will have its Asian premiere later this week in the World Focus section of the Tokyo International Film Festival.

Parallax is also sold at TIFFCOM A long shot, a crime drama from debut director Gao Peng that will be screened in the main competition of the Tokyo festival. Parallax is also reproducible Carefree days, a Chinese romantic drama by Liang Ming that premiered at the San Sebastián Festival; and Hong Kong/Chinese film Borrowed timewhich was shown in Busan.

The TIFFCOM market is celebrating its 20th anniversary and will take place from October 25th to 27th. The event, being held in person for the first time since the pandemic, has moved to a new location at the Tokyo Metropolitan Industrial Trade Center and is expecting record attendance this year.

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