Drafthouse Films has acquired Tetsuya Nakasima’s ultra-violent Japanese thriller The World Of Kanako. The film, which premiered at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival, will get a platform and digital release later in 2015. Based on the novel by Akio Fukamachi, the film centers on an ex-detective (Kôji Yakusho) searching for his missing daughter only to discover her shockingly secret life. The movie was a hit in Japan when it was released in June with an R-15 rating, which means children under that age are banned from seeing the film in theaters. It made $6.4 million there and is the latest violent work from Nakasima, whose 2010 pic Confessions was shortlisted for the Foreign Language Oscar.
FilmBuff has promoted Mickey Slevin and Scott Kaplan to COO and SVP, respectively. Slevin had been Head of Finance since 2011 at the indie distribution company and now adds operations oversight. Kaplan, who joined in 2013, heads distribution and sourcing and negotiates all TV and VOD rights deals for the FilmBuff library. Filmbuff last month released the Adam Carolla indie Road Hard.