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    K-20 on UK DVD and Blu-ray in January

    Source: The Associates press release Official Movie Site: k20themovie (US)

    Editor`s Note: The entertaining K-20: LEGEND OF THE MASK (K-20: Kaijin Niju-Menso Den, 2008) is a movie we`ve covered several times on SciFi Japan after attending a premiere screening at the 2008 American Film Market. After playing the North American festival circuit the film was released on Region 1 DVD earlier this year by VIZ Pictures as K-20: THE FIEND WITH TWENTY FACES. Now comes word that Manga Entertainment will be bringing the film to DVD and Blu-ray in the United Kingdom with the title K-20: THE LEGEND OF THE BLACK MASK. Read on for details from Manga and The Associates... Riffing on period crimefighter movies such as THE SHADOW, THE ROCKETEER and THE PHANTOM while giving more than a passing nod to contemporary superhero movies such as BATMAN BEGINS and SPIDER-MAN, the special effects laden action extravaganza K-20: THE LEGEND OF THE BLACK MASK is a delicious slice of pure escapist entertainment for all the family. Adapted by writer-director Shimako Sato (TALE OF A VAMPIRE) from a novel by So Kitamura, the film stars Takeshi Kaneshiro (RED CLIFF; THE WARLORDS; HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS), Takako Matsu (CONFESSIONS) and Toru Nakamura (TOKYO RAIDERS; GEN-X COPS) in a thrilling tale of an unlikely ‘superhero’ who is forced to pit his wits against the titular villain who has his sights set on world domination.

    The year is 1949 in a slightly alternative reality to the one we know. In this version of history World War II never happened, Teito is the Imperial Capital of Japan, inventor Nikola Tesla has just won a Nobel Prize and Japanese society is divided between the extremely rich and the hopelessly poor. Taking advantage of the situation is a mysterious thief and master of disguise known as K-20 – the Fiend with 20 Faces, a self-styled Robin Hood figure who steals from the rich and gives only to himself. Having set his sights on a newly developed energy beam generator that could make him the ruler of the world, K-20 sets about achieving his deadly goal by framing a poor circus performer, Hekichi Endo (Takeshi Kaneshiro), for his previous crimes using the rehearsal of the high society marriage between heiress Yoko Hashiba (Takako Matsu) and Chief of Police, Kogoro Akechi (Toru Nakamura) as a backdrop. Endo is arrested at the scene of the rehearsal and sentenced to death but manages to escape. On the run, Endo realizes the only way to prove his innocence and clear his name is to assume the identity of K-20 and take on the villain at his own game by finding and obtaining the energy generator first. A cool, lighthearted caper packed with exceptional stunt work, thrilling set pieces and impressive action sequences (including some amazing free running), K-20: The Legend Of The Black Mask is a thoroughly enjoyable and uniquely Japanese take on the superhero movie. K-20: THE LEGEND OF THE BLACK MASK (cert. 12) will be released on DVD (£15.99) and Blu-ray (£19.99) by Manga Entertainment on 10th January 2011. Label: Manga Entertainment Release date: 10th January 2011 Release type: DVD, Blu-ray Certificate: 12 Running time: 137 mins Pricing: DVD - £15.99, Blu-ray - £19.99 Genre: Asian cinema - Japan Director: Shimako Sato Stars: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Takako Matsu, Toru Nakamura

    For more information on K-20: THE FIEND WITH TWENTY FACES please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan:

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