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Ichise's Oz in corporate nightmare
By Patrick Frater
Thu, 12 July 2012, 13:48 PM (HKT)
The Tokyo-based firm was launched in 1989, but is now heading for official bankruptcy, it was initially reported by Japanese entertainment news service Bunka Tsushin late last week.
Sources close to Ichise have since confirmed the plight of the company, though Ichise has not responded to repeated contact by Film Business Asia.
The fate of Ichise's related companies in Los Angeles – Ozla Pictures and Ozla Productions — is less clear. While their websites and Ichise's personal blog have all gone offline, other US sources have told Film Business Asia that they are conducting "business as usual" with Ichise's companies.
Last month it was announced in Los Angeles that Ichise and LA-based Roy LEE had teamed up to produce a live action adaptation of graphic novel The Suicide Forest with NAKATA Hideo 中田秀夫 attached to direct. Originally published by IDW Publishing, the story involves an American expatriate searching in a vast forest outside Tokyo for escape from an evil spirit.
Ichise and Nakata previously worked together on films including the original The Ring リング (1998) and Dark Water 仄暗い水の底から (2001). Ichise and Lee have worked together on several Hollywood versions of Asian films including The Shutter ชัตเตอร์ กดติดวิญญาณ (2004) and the series of films based on The Grudge 呪怨 (2002) for Sony/Columbia.