Aparna Sen's 'The Japanese Wife' set for US distribution

Last Updated: Fri, Apr 02, 2010 07:10 hrs

Award winning director Aparna Sen's latest film 'The Japanese Wife' has been acquired by Databazaar Media Ventures (DMV) for distribution in the US and Canada through 19,000 retail outlets.

DMV, the media arm of the Databazaar.com which acts as an exclusive gateway for Bengali films to North America acquired the film from Saregama India Limited, the producers of 'The Japanese Wife'.

Expressing satisfaction over this acquisition, Aparna Sen said: 'This is truly a historic occasion. The Indian Diaspora living in the US and Canada will now be able to watch my film as DMV will make 'The Japanese Wife' available through about 19,000 retail outlets, including Netflix, Amazon, ITunes, Blockbuster and others.'

Talking about The Japanese Wife, Sen said: 'Some of you have seen and loved my earlier films...films like '36 Chowringhee Lane' or 'Mr. and Mrs. Iyer'. This one is different. My challenge here was to create a film that would be reminiscent of a Japanese painting with its poignant minimalism. I think I have succeeded.'

Oney Seal Chairman of the Databazaar Group of companies stated, 'Our endeavor is to bring quality Bengali films to the US and Canada. The Japanese Wife directed by the one and only Aparna Sen fits the bill perfectly.'

'The Japanese Wife' is a haunting but improbable love story involving three shy people: Snehamoy Chatterjee, an arithmetic teacher in a school in the interiors of riverine West Bengal; Miyage the Japanese girl who became his wife through a strange sequence of letters, and Sandhya, a widow forced by circumstances to take refuge in his home.

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