The long awaited film Lost Girls & Love Hotels is set to be released in select theaters and on VOD on September 4. The film is based on a Catherine Hanrahan novel of the same name, which was published in 2006. The film was directed by William Olsson, written by Catherine Hanrahan, produced by Lauren Mann, edited by Sarah Flack, with US casting done by Susan Shopmaker and Japanese casting done by Kei Kawamura. The film stars Alexandra Daddario, Takehiro Hira, Carice van Houten, Misuzu Kanno, and Kate Easton.
William Olsson, Director of ‘Lost Girls & Love Hotels,’ said:
At the Kiyomizudera temple in Kyoto there is a tomb called Buddha’s Womb. As you enter the tomb, you walk into total darkness with only a handrail to guide you. You walk and walk until you are completely deprived of any visual sense. Then, finally, you start to see the light at the end of a tunnel, and you come upon an ancient stone illuminated by a small hole in the roof. The lesson is simple. In order to see the light you first have to experience the dark. And that is ultimately what ‘Lost Girls’ is for me. A story of being reborn. A journey through the dark to the light. Just like the movie itself, which I am thrilled to bring into the light on September 4.
The film Lost Girls & Love Hotels is a story about Margaret (Alexandra Daddario), an American English teacher and her attempts to forget her painful past. She does this through her nightly wanderings through Tokyo’s dazzling nightlife and in the arms of Kazu (Takehiro Hira) a mysterious Yakuza. This captivating story journeys through Japan’s dive bars, three hour love hotels, and its darkest alleyways as their affair changes them both forever.
The film is to be the first title distributed by the newly established Astrakan Releasing, which is the distribution arm of Astrakan AB Film, in partnership with consultant Steven Friedlander of SGF & Partners.
Lauren Mann, Producer of ‘Lost Girls & Love Hotels,’ stated:
When I first read ‘Lost Girls & Love Hotels,’ I knew we had something very special on our hands. Having seen Catherine’s words come to life with such depth, honesty and beauty, it was obvious to us that this was the film we wanted to make our debut into distribution with.
Watch the new trailer for the film below.