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AX1 Films’ Japanese film, TONY TAKITANI, opened exclusively at the Curzon Soho cinema in London’s West End, taking an impressive £4,760 ($8,377) from just 5 shows over the 3 day opening weekend commencing Friday 21st April - the highest screen average of any film in release anywhere in the UK.

The opening night screening was followed by a special Q &A session with the director, Jun Ichikawa, who had made the trip from Tokyo to support the release of the film.

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Further expanding its reach into the home entertainment marketplace, AX1 Films is pleased to announce it has established its own DVD label and agreed an output deal with World Cinema Limited to exclusively sell and distribute on DVD all of AX1’s titles in the UK and Ireland.

Previously AX1 titles were marketed and sold by way of third party licenses with a range of different companies whereas under the terms of this deal, AX1 now takes direct responsibility for marketing and promotion of its titles, which are to be sold exclusively by World Cinema.

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Independent producer/distributor AX1 Films has acquired UK and Irish rights to the award-winning Chinese film, KEXEXILI: MOUNTAIN PATROL from Sony Pictures International, which was produced by China’s Huayi Bros and Columbia Tri-Star Pictures.

Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and winner of major awards at the Tokyo and Berlin film festivals, Lu Chuan's devastating film is based on real-life incidents a decade ago in the mountains of the Kekexili national park in Tibet. Clearly filmed in the most adverse conditions, the director follows the trail blazed by such films as Werner Herzog's Aguirre: this is action-drama with the feel and impact of a visceral thriller.

AX1 Films has acquired all UK and Irish rights to the cult Taiwanese director, Ming-liang Tsai’s latest feature, THE WAYWARD CLOUD from Wild Bunch.

Generally acknowledged to be one of the most distinctive directors in the world today, Tsai is the recipient of many awards including the Golden Lion (Best Picture) at the 1994 Venice Film Festival for his second feature, Vive l'Amour (1994), and rewards his fans again with this seriously stylish, explicitly outrageous, witty and typically idiosyncratic film, which won both the Silver Bear Award for Best Artistic Contribution and the International Critics’ Prize at the Berlin Film Festival.

'The Wayward Cloud' will be released in cinemas in the UK and Ireland by AX1 in November 2006.

Argentinean director, Daniel Burman’s LOST EMBRACE (EL ABRAZO PARTIDO), will now be released in the UK and Ireland by AX1 Films, which acquired the film from Bavaria Films.

Winner of two Silver Bear Awards (Best Film and Best Actor respectively) at the Berlin Film Festival 2004, countless other international awards and nominations, and also Argentina’s official entry for the 2004 Academy Awards, the film’s humour has been compared to Woody Allen at his best.

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