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    The UK Trailer for 20TH CENTURY BOYS, courtesy of The Associates and 4Digital Media. ©1999, 2006 Naoki Urasawa, Studio Nuts/Shogakukan. ©2008 ”20th Century Boys” Film Partners

    Japanese Sci-Fi Blockbuster Comes to DVD on 4th May, 2009 Source: 4Digital Media, The Associates press release Official Movie Site: 20th Boys Special Thanks to Steve Beecham and Farhana Shaikh

    It`s been creating a buzz of anticipation since its production was first announced in late-2006 and now 20TH CENTURY BOYS, the first instalment of the epic live-action trilogy adaptation of Naoki Urasawa`s hit manga series, is finally coming to DVD in Britain. Directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi (SUSHI KING GOES TO NEW YORK; HAPPILY EVER AFTER; KEIZOKU: THE MOVIE) and starring Toshiaki Karasawa (CASSHERN), 20TH CENTURY BOYS` epic storyline spans 50 years and several continents, factors that necessitated a budget of 6 billion yen for the trilogy – an unprecedented figure for the Japan film industry. Japan, 1973. Elementary school kid Kenji Endo (Toshiaki Karasawa) and his small gang of young friends pass the long, boring summer days fantasizing about fighting world-threatening super villains and then recording their fictional crime-fighting exploits in their own Book of Prophecies. Almost thirty years later, and now adults with families, jobs and responsibilities that have caused them to drift apart, their lives are turned upside down when one of the former friends dies mysteriously and an entire family from Kenji`s local neighbourhood goes missing. Further afield, a bizarre religious cult is growing in popularity and appears to be connected to a strange chain of catastrophic events that unbelievably appear to be duplicating the imaginary events recorded in the Book of Prophecies decades earlier. Disturbed by what he initially believes could only be a coincidence, Kenji reunites the group of childhood friends and attempts to unravel the mystery. The investigation reveals a shocking and sinister conspiracy that seeks to fulfil a doomsday prophecy on the eve of the new millennium. As their renewed friendship is tested in a world gripped by global terrorism and hysteria, Kenji and his companions find themselves involved in a spectacular showdown as a giant robotic machine threatens the city of Shinjuku! And that`s merely the start of the compelling three-part saga in what has become one of the most highly anticipated, must-see sci-fi movie trilogies since THE MATRIX series.

    A national phenomenon in Japan and a huge hit internationally, Urasawa`s 24-volume sci-fi fantasy manga has sold over 20 million copies worldwide, with the film attaining similar success by becoming one of the country`s biggest box office hits of 2008.

    UK DVD Specs

    Release Date: 4th May, 2009 Genre: Science Fiction/Thriller Certificate: 15 Label: 4Digital Asia Number of Discs: 2 Format: PAL Region Code: 2 Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1, 16:9 Anamorphic Audio Format: Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Audio Language: Japanese Subtitle Language: English Feature Run Time: 142 minutes Extras: Japan Premiere Documentary (64 mins approx); Paris Premiere Featurette (20 mins approx); Cast Interviews (22 mins approx); UK Trailer (2 mins approx); Japanese Trailers (5 mins approx). 24-page book SRP: £19.99

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