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    Source: ADV Films

    DVD cover art for SYNESTHESIA. Photo courtesy of ADV Films. © 2004 Art Port/Shochiku/Euro Space /Kansai Telecasting Corp.

    ADV Films of Houston, TX recently announced that they had acquired North American theatrical, video and TV rights for several recent properties from the Japanese studio Shochiku Co., Ltd. Their first release will be the 2005 suspense thriller SYNESTHESIA (Gimme Heaven). SYNESTHESIA was the feature film debut of docuentary director Toru Matsuura. It stars Yosuke Eguchi of ANOTHER HEAVEN (Anazahevun, 2000) and SAMURAI COMMANDO: MISSION 1549 (Sengoku Jieitai 1549, 2005); Masanobu Ando from the blockbuster hits REX: A DINOSAUR`S STORY (Rex: Kyoryu Monogatari, 1993), BATTLE ROYALE (Batoru Rowaiaru, 2000) and AEGIS (Bokoku no Igisu, 2005); and actress Aoi Miyazaki from EUREKA (2000) and TOMIE: FORBIDDEN FRUIT (Tomie: Saishu-sho Kindan no Kajitsu, 2002). Rounding out the cast are Ryuhei Matsuda (IZO), Yuriko Ishida (PRINCESS MONONOKE), Hijiri Kojima (OTAKUS IN LOVE), and Shigemitsu Ogi (THE HYPNOTIST). The film was written by Yuji Sakamoto, screenwriter of TOKYO EYES (1998) and CRYING OUT LOVE, IN THE CENTER OF THE WORLD (Sekai no Chushin de, ai o Sakebu, 2004). Cinematographer Kenji Takama is an industry veteran who has worked in both Japan and the United States. His long list of credits includes the original SUBMERSION OF JAPAN (Nihon Chinbotsu, 1973), LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE (1974), THE BEASTMASTER (1982), PYROKINESIS (Kurosufaia, 2000), GOD`S LEFT HAND, DEVIL`S RIGHT HAND (Kami no Hidarite Akuma no Migite, 2006), and DEATH NOTE: THE LAST NAME (Desu Noto 2, 2006). The soundtrack to SYNESTHESIA was composed by Nido (IT`S ONLY TALK, 2005). Official Press Release:

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