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    Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video distributor Section23 Films has provided product details for their August 2010 slate of releases... PRINCESS RESURRECTION COMPLETE COLLECTION Published by: Sentai Filmworks Distributed by: Section23 Films Run Time: 650 min. Street Date: 8/3/2010 Format: DVD SRP: $59.98 When Hiro Hiyorimi tries to save a beautiful young woman from certain death, he ends up a dead hero himself! However, since the drop dead girl is Hime, daughter of the King of the Monsters, his "reward" is to come back as a not quite living soldier in her honor guard of horror! That means helping fight off the army of supernatural monstrosities Hime`s siblings are unleashing against her in hopes of moving up the ladder of succession; and if facing off with vampires and zombies isn`t bad enough, how can anyone be prepared for the REALLY

    Japanese and American Press Materials for Combat Action Comedy Film Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd., VIZ Pictures Official Movie Site: horumo.com (US) Special Thanks to Aki Harimoto and Rieko Fuji Shochiku`s 2009 action comedy BATTLE LEAGUE HORUMO (Kamogawa Horumo) was released on Region 1 DVD this month by VIZ Pictures. The following article is compiled from both the Japanese and American press notes for the film... Introduction The best-selling fantasy novel by Manabu Makime that became a phenomenon among the young and picky readers of Japan has been adapted into a combat action comedy film, made possible with the high quality and innovative VFX and animation by animation studio GONZO (creators of AFRO SAMURAI and BRAVE STORY). The film is directed by Katsuhide Motoki (KITARO, KITARO AND THE MILLENNIUM CURSE, 10 PROMISES TO MY DOG) and stars Takayuki Yamada (CROWS ZERO, TRAIN MAN:

    Personal Appearances, Activities, and Show Exclusives Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC has announced an exciting roster of personal appearances, panel discussions, events, giveaways and convention exclusives for 2010 Comic-Con International. Comic-Con is the nation’s largest comic book and science fiction event, and takes place July 21-25 at the San Diego Convention Center, CA. VIZ Media will be located in Booth 2813. Fans won’t want to miss a very special opportunity to meet comics and pop culture icon Stan Lee, co-creator along with Hiroyuki Takei (Shaman King) of the groundbreaking Ultimo manga series (rated ‘T’ for Teens), on Saturday, July 24th. Mr. Lee will be a special guest at the Shonen Jump Panel, scheduled at 10:30AM in Room #9, where fans will get the latest manga and anime news and on-the-spot surprises, including a special

    Source: The Associates press release Official Movie Site: kamuigaiden.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Farhana Shaikh Based on the legendary multi-volume manga series created by Japanese artist and essayist Sanpei Shirato in 1964, directed by Yoichi Sai (BLOOD AND BONES; DOING TIME; ALL UNDER THE MOON) and scripted by Sai and Kankuro Kudo (ZEBRAMAN; PING PONG; GO), the live-action, special effects-laden extravaganza KAMUI (Kamui Gaiden, 2009) perfectly captures the spirit and flavor of Shirato’s original vision. The film will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK next month as KAMUI: THE LONE NINJA. A high-spirited adventure involving deadly ninjas, fierce warrior clans, treacherous pirates and fearless shark hunters, KAMUI: THE LONE NINJA boasts a star-studded cast that features some of Asian cinema’s hottest talent, including Kenichi Matsuyama (the DEATH NOTE trilogy), Koyuki (BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE; KITARO), Koichi Sato (SUKIYAKI WESTERN DJANGO;

    New Action Horror Anime Series Comes to North America Source: Sentai Filmworks, Anime Network press releases Official Site: geneonuniversal.jp/rondorobe/anime/hotd (Japan) Special Thanks to David Williams and Christian Lopez During last weekend`s Anime Expo in Los Angeles, Sentai Filmworks announced its acquisition of the new hit anime series HIGH SCHOOL OF THE DEAD (Gakuen Mokushiroku, 2010). Based on the ultra-violent manga by Daisuke Sato, directed by Tetsuro Araki (DEATH NOTE, BLACK LAGOON) and produced by the internationally famed studio Madhouse (DEATH NOTE, NINJA SCROLL, VAMPIRE HUNTER D- BLOODLUST, WICKED CITY) HIGH SCHOOL OF THE DEAD combines hordes of flesh-eating zombies with state of the art animation for one of the most action packed anime series ever! Sentai Filmworks will be releasing HIGH SCHOOL OF THE DEAD in both English dubbed and subtitled versions throughout North America. A deadly new disease is ravaging the world, turning the populace

    FUNimation and Nikkatsu to Bring Films from the Sushi Typhoon Label to North America Source: FUNimation Entertainment, Subway Cinema press releases Official Site: The Sushi Typhoon Special Thanks to Marc Walkow, Jackie Smith, Manny Alcala, and Grady Hendrix Nikkatsu Corporation, Japan’s oldest film studio, and FUNimation Entertainment, the leading distributor of Japanese animation in North America, have announced an agreement that gives FUNimation Entertainment an exclusive first look option on the home entertainment distribution of titles premiering from Nikkatsu Corporation’s new genre film label, The Sushi Typhoon. The first two films slated for release on DVD and Blu-ray through the partnership are the action gore comedy film ALIEN VS. NINJA and the splatter action comedy MUTANT GIRLS SQUAD in early 2011. “The Nikkatsu Corporation is delighted to bring The Sushi Typhoon brand to this side of the Pacific,” said Akifumi Sugihara, Executive Producer

    Source: VIZ Pictures Official Movie Site: 20thboysfilms.com (US), 20th Boys (Japanese) Special Thanks to Rieko Fuji A SciFi JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Thank you to everyone who entered VIZ Pictures and SciFi Japan`s contest for a free 20TH CENTURY BOYS 3: REDEMPTION Gift Pack. The winning entry is: Nathan Bishop Congratulations, Nathan! You have won a Gift Pack containing the 20TH CENTURY BOYS 3: REDEMPTION US theatrical poster, a `Tomodachi` T-shirt, a mini-flag, and a 20TH CENTURY BOYS 3 button. VIZ Pictures will be shipping the Gift Pack shortly so keep an eye on your mailbox. More contests are planned for 2010 so keep checking back with SciFi Japan for more chances to win some cool stuff! About VIZ Pictures, Inc. Based in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Pictures, Inc. distributes Japanese live-action films and DVDs, with particular focus on Japanese "kawaii (cute)

    Source: Madman Entertainment The Australian distributor Madman Entertainment is releasing the following anime and Asian live action titles on Region 4 DVD in July, 2010... LOVE EXPOSURE A Daring Journey of Love, Religion and Up-Skirt Photography... Tokyo teen Yu Honda (Takahiro Nishijima) is the traumatized son of a widower-cum-Catholic priest (Atsuro Watabe), who begins a sexual liaison with parishioner Kaori (Makiko Watanabe). When Dad`s affair comes to a halt, he begins admonishing his son to confess to so many sins that the 17-year-old takes up new ones to appease his father`s increased religious zeal. One "sin" - surreptitiously taking candid photographs of panties worn by female pedestrians - becomes a vocation. Unfortunately, a deal with a porn company comes undone when Yu turns down starring roles, because he admits he`s saving himself for a Virgin Mary-like ideal woman. Now we meet feisty schoolgirl

    Source: 4Digital Media, Organic Marketing press release Official Movie Site: 20th Boys (Japan), 4digitalmedia.com/20cb (UK) Special Thanks to Alexandra Beedell and Louise Rivers SciFi Japan would like to thank 4Digital Media, Organic Marketing, and everyone who entered our recent "20TH CENTURY BOYS: THE COMPLETE SAGA" giveaway competition. The following randomly drawn entrants correctly answered the contest question: Steven Sloss Robert Phillips Emma Anderson Congratulations to all the winners! Each of you has won a free copy of the new 20TH CENTURY BOYS TRILOGY: THE COMPLETE SAGA 4 disc box set from 4Digital Media. Organic Marketing has already shipped out the DVDs. British fans... check back with SciFi Japan in the next several days for another great free DVD contest! Contest Answer: Q: In what year does the 20TH CENTURY BOYS saga begin? A: 1969 About 4Digital Media 4Digital Media is a UK

    GOLGO 13 COLLECTION 1 Available on July 6th Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video distributor Section23 Films` July 2010 slate of releases includes the new English dubbed release of the hit series GOLGO 13 from Section23 client Sentai Filmworks. Also releasing in July is the Blue-ray Edition of LEGENDS OF THE DARK KING COMPLETE COLLECTION. Product details follow, in order of release... EYESHIELD 21 COLLECTION 2 Published by: Sentai Filmworks Distributed by: Section23 Films Episodes: 14-26 Run Time: 325 min. Language: Japanese Subtitles: English Street Date: 7/6/2010 Format: DVD SRP: $49.98 You can`t make a silk purse out of a pig`s ear, but you can make a football. And apparently with enough finagling and a little finesse, you can make a football star as well! By both hook and crook, Sena Kobayakawa`s unnaturally strong sense of self preservation and even

    Get a Bundle of 20TH CENTURY BOYS Goodies for Free, Courtesy of VIZ Pictures and SciFi Japan Source: VIZ Pictures Official Movie Site: 20thboysfilms.com (US), 20th Boys (Japanese) Special Thanks to Rieko Fuji A SciFi JAPAN EXCLUSIVE 20TH CENTURY BOYS 3: REDEMPTION is the third and final chapter of the mega hit 20TH CENTURY BOYS sci-fi action film trilogy from Japan. Attracting attention as the biggest film project of the century in the Japanese film industry, the production of the trilogy cost over $60 million, stars over 300 all-star cast members, with shooting taking place for an entire year. To celebrate the new Region 1 DVD release of this film, VIZ Pictures is giving SciFi Japan readers in the United States and Canada a chance to win a free 20TH CENTURY BOYS 3 Gift Pack. The pack includes a 20TH CENTURY BOYS 3: REDEMPTION US

    Author: Keith Aiken, Oki Miyano, and Kevin Grays Source: Fox Home Entertainment, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Order Page: amazon.com/Johnny-Sokko-His-Flying-Robot Special Thanks to Jennifer Lang, Mitzi Phung, Gary Teetzel, Ana Kono, and Garo Setian Last December, Fox Home Entertainment launched a DVD on Demand program through online retailer Amazon.com`s CreateSpace service. Similar to Warner Bros` Warner Archive Collection, CreateSpace DVD on Demand will allow Fox to make available classic titles from the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) film and television library that would would most likely not be released as mass-market entries, particularly in today`s tough and over-crowded home video market. “MGM has a vast library of classic films and TV shows, which up until now have never been available for purchase,” said Eric Doctorow, general manager MGM Worldwide at Fox. “Working with CreateSpace gives us the opportunity to preserve and release some of these films and TV shows

    Source: FUNimation Entertainment press releases Special Thanks to Jackie Smith The following Region 1 anime DVD and Blu-ray titles are now available from FUNimation Entertainment... FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: BROTHERHOOD Part 1 SRP $49.98 (DVD), $54.98 (Blu-ray) Official Site: fullmetalalchemist.com FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: BROTHERHOOD faithfully recreates the story first told in the classic manga by Hiromu Arakawa and featured in Square Enix`s Monthly Shonen Gangan magazine. Edward and Alphonse Elric`s reckless disregard for alchemy`s fundamental laws ripped half of Ed`s limbs from his body and left Al?s soul clinging to a cold suit of armour. To restore what was lost, the brothers scour a war-torn land for the Philosopher`s Stone, a fabled relic which grants the ability to perform Alchemy in impossible ways. The Elrics are not alone in their search; the corrupt State Military is eager to harness the artifact`s power. So too are the strange Homunculi and

    50th Anniversary Remake of Akira Kurosawa Samurai Classic Comes to UK DVD on June 28th Source: Toho Co., Ltd promotional materials, 4Digital Media, Organic Marketing Official Movie Site: kakushi-toride.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Louise Rivers, Steve Beecham, and Stuart Galbraith IV By the late 1950s. filmmaker Akira Kurosawa was internationally renowned for his serious, intelligent— and often bleak and pessimistic— dramas such as RASHOMON (1950), I LIVE IN FEAR (Ikimono no Kiroku, 1955), THRONE OF BLOOD (Kumunosu-jo, 1957), and the LOWER DEPTHS (Donzoko, 1957). For his next production, Kurosawa decided to do something different. With THE HIDDEN FORTRESS (Kakushi Toride no San-Akunin), Kurosawa explained that, "I want to make a 100% entertainment film, full of thrills and fun." Working once again with his RASHOMON and SEVEN SAMURAI (Shichinin no Samurai, 1954) stars Toshiro Mifune and Minoru Chiaki, Kurosawa created a film that has

    A Look at US Publicity Materials for the Final 20TH CENTURY BOYS Movie Source: VIZ Pictures Official Site: 20thboysfilms.com Special Thanks to Rieko Fuji North American distributor VIZ Pctures has provided the following press notes for 20TH CENTURY BOYS 3: REDEMPTION, the final chapter in the hit Japanese sci-fi movie series. The film will be released on Region 1 DVD on June 1st and carry a MSRP of $24.92 U.S. / $35.99 CAN. 20TH CENTURY BOYS 3: REDEMPTION Directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi Starring Toshiaki Karasawa, Etsushi Toyokawa, Takako Tokiwa, Teruyuki Kagawa, Airi Taira Genre: Action/Sci-fi 2009 / Japan / 155 min. / Color This film is not rated. Japanese Theatrical Release: August 29, 2009 US Theatrical Premiere: August 28, 2009 © 1999, 2006 Naoki Urasawa, Studio Nuts / Shogakukan © 2009 “20th Century Boys” Film Partners INTRODUCTION 20TH CENTURY

    Source: 4Digital Media, Organic Marketing press release Official Movie Site: 20th Boys (Japan), 4digitalmedia.com/20cb (UK) Special Thanks to Alexandra Beedell and Louise Rivers Note: This contest is only open to fans living in the United Kingdom. Any entries from outside the UK will not be accepted. On May 31st the epic sci-fi movie trilogy 20TH CENTURY BOYS will be released on DVD in the United Kingdom as a 4 disc box set 4Digital Media. The COMPLETE SAGA DVD set includes a special Edition 24 Page Book with an extra disc packed full of 4 hours bonus extras making the Japanese thriller trilogy a "must have" for manga and Japanese cinema fans. To celebrate the upcoming release, 4Digital Media and Organic Marketing have offered free copies of the 20TH CENTURY BOYS: THE COMPLETE SAGA for 3 lucky SciFi Japan winners. Based on the

    4 DVD Set to be Released in the UK on 31 May, 2010 Source: 4Digital Media, Organic Marketing press release Official Movie Site: 20th Boys (Japan), 4digitalmedia.com/20cb (UK) Special Thanks to Alexandra Beedell and Louise Rivers One of the biggest undertakings ever attempted in the Japanese movie industry… a positively epic exercise in filmmaking and storytelling, the blockbusting 20TH CENTURY BOYS trilogy has proven to be one of the most ambitious, expensive and successful undertakings in Japanese Cinema. Director Yukihiko Tsutsumi`s epic efforts to release three films in one year based on Naoki Urasawa`s acclaimed manga (selling 28 million copies) has brought to life a stunning doomsday thriller that spans multiple generations and genres, and bites into conspiracy theory, pop culture, nostalgia and spectacular special effects. The 20TH CENTURY BOYS TRILOGY: THE COMPLETE SAGA DVD set comes with all three films in the

    EVANGELION 1.11, FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: BROTHERHOOD, GOEMON, ROBOGEISHA, OCEAN WAVES and More Source: Madman Entertainment The Australian distributor Madman Entertainment is releasing the following anime and Asian live action titles on Blu-ray and Region 4 DVD in June... YU-GI-OH! 5D`S COLLECTION 2 The semi-finals of the Fortune Cup are about to begin and the first match of day two features Yusei going toe-to-toe with the tower of power - Greiger, but with Greiger riding the most powerful runner ever built, Yusei will have to rev it up or run the risk of getting his life points run over. With no cards left in his hand and his life points about to get blasted by Greiger, Yusei has one draw left to take down this tower of power to keep in the hunt to duel Jack in the championship round. In the second battle of

    Source: 4Digital Media, Organic Marketing Special Thanks to Alexandra Beedell SciFi Japan would like to thank 4Digital Media, Organic Marketing, and everyone who entered our recent "JU-ON: WHITE GHOST and JU-ON: BLACK GHOST DVD" giveaway competition. The following randomly drawn entrants correctly answered all contest questions: Gareth Earls Craig Sheppard Michael O`Sullivan Keiko Taylor Paul Shepherd plus runner-up Hassni Malik Congratulations to all the winners! Each of you has won a free copy of the new JU-ON: WHITE GHOST and JU-ON: BLACK GHOST Double Feature DVD from 4Digital Media. Organic Marketing has already shipped out the DVDs. British fans... check back with SciFi Japan in the next several days for another great free DVD contest! Contest Answer: Q: What is the name of the nurse in JU-ON: BLACK GHOST? A: Nurse Yuko About 4Digital Media 4Digital Media is a UK based independent

    30th Anniversary Collector`s Edition Available in July Source: AnimEigo, Inc. press release Special Thanks to Aaron Cavazos AnimEigo proudly celebrates the 30th anniversary of the legendary samurai cult classic, SHOGUN ASSASSIN, by announcing the first ever high-definition version of the film! The most famous samurai film in the Western World is finally coming to North America in the clearest and most pristine version ever seen by man, woman, or ninja. Directed by Academy Award-winner Robert Houston, the English dubbed SHOGUN ASSASSIN was created by editing together footage from the first two Lone Wolf and Cub (Kozure Ookami) films, SWORD OF VENGEANCE (Kozure Okami: Kowokashi Udekashi Tsukamatsuru, 1972) and BABY CART ON THE RIVER STYX (Kozure Okami: Sanzu no Kawa no Ubaguruma, 1972). It uses about 11 minutes of footage from the first film and 70 minutes of footage from the second. The Lone

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