I wanted to use as much of Steven's music in the movie as possible. He was recording the album during the prep of the movie so I fell in love with a couple of the songs and they really fit the movie and he was cool enough to let us use them. The other groups are friends of mine and Stanley Clarke pulled some favors to get some additional stuff. As far as I know yes the commercials were for JP television. Sony JP spent a considerable amount on the advertising for the film across the board. They were fantastic to be honest. They did a press junket and did 6-10 magazine and tv interviews as well as give aways(The Boxer shorts were my favorite) and posters all over Tokyo. You couldnt get away from it. The result was a very respectable 3-4 week box office run with a healty gross for ninety screens(thats alot for Japan) country wide for the film during the holiday season of 2k5.
Sony JP were behind the picture from the getgo. They put up money, product placement and secured some of the A list japanese talent. It was a pleasure to work with them and I will hopefully work with them again soon... peace mink
Good movie, but I noticed some similar things that may get a confront between "Into The Sun" and "Out For Justice". Steven is always a big presence as a CIA ex-agent and policeman, he always has to find a criminal who's in a battle with the kind of Mafia he belongs to (Kuroda against Yakuza, Richie against Mafia), everything happens always someplace Steven's character grew up in (Travis grew up in Japan, Gino in Brooklyn). Anyway, Into The Sun is a good movie, as I just said, but OFJ kicks his ass too f****ng hard..
In Into The Sun I also appreciated "Don't You Cry" during the end titles, and the Tokyo beautiful locations.