DreamWorks deal for Japanese anime film 'Millennium Actress' excludes Asia

LOS ANGELES: DreamWorks SKG has licensed the worldwide distribution rights for the highly acclaimed Japanese animated film Millennium Actress from The Klockworx Co.

Los Angeles-based Digital Manga assisted in forging the deal, which marks the studio's first acquisition of an anime film, says a company release. The deal includes all forms of distribution, including theatrical, home video, television and ancillary rights, and covers all markets with the exception of Asia. Tokyo based The Klockworx Co. will oversee the film's release in Asia, the release adds.

Directed by acclaimed director Satoshi Kon ("Perfect Blue"), "Millennium Actress" is a romantic adventure story that explores the life and career of a reclusive actress. The film was recently awarded the prestigious Media Arts Festival Grand Prize by Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs, and was the first ever recipient of the Sitges 2001 Orient Express Award spotlighting Asian genre films.

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