6-28-02—- New At Midnight Eye
Something of a New Wave theme to this issue, with a look back at the Glory Days of 60s experimental cinema in Shohei Imamura’s too often ignored pioneering piece of documentary trickery, A MAN VANISHES. Then we take a look at that what happens when you take one former linchpin of the 60s avant-garde and stick him in the savannah with James Stewart and a pack of lions: AFRICA STORY. And the excitement reaches fever pitch as TADANOBU ASANO allows us a peak through the door of stardom to reveal exactly what it means to be one of Japan’s top favourite box office draws! Enjoy! http://www.midnighteye.com
6-28-02—- Laputa DVD R2 Specs
Thanks to Daniel for this:
Tenkuu no Shiro Rapyuta (Laputa: Castle in the Sky)
DVD (Region 2, NTSC)
Buena Vista Home Entertainment
4 October 2002
2 Discs. Japanese and English audio (both DD 2.0) with Japanese and English subtitles. It is not yet known if the English audio track is the new Disney dub or the older Streamline dub. Second disc contains storyboards, trailers, and other extras.
6-28-02—- Tokyopop To Complete Saint Tail Collector’s Edition
According to Anime Dream:
According to TOKYOPOP’s Kristien Brada-Thompson, “TOKYOPOP has decided to create a single, collector’s edition package for SAINT TAIL’s remaining three volumes, rather than publishing them individually. We strongly believe that this three-pack series finale will be a fan-favorite — very reasonably priced and a substantial value to collectors.”
Several series have been dropped midstream by other companies due to lack of sales, however this will not be the case with Saint Tail as TOKYOPOP is committed to finishing out the whole run. No release date has been announced for the collector’s edition, though we suspect an announcement at this year’s Anime Expo.
6-28-02—- Kirby Anime USA TV Premiere
Kirby the animated series premieres on September 14 2002 on FoxKids. You can check out NintendoPower magazine for their Kirby comic based on the show.
Thanks to Miceal for the link.
6-28-02—- More G On DVD
Thanks to Daniel for this news:
August 21, 2002 will see the release of both GMK and Godzilla’ 95 on DVD in Japan. GMK will be a 3 disc set priced at 10,000y. Disc 1 will be the film, Disc 2 & 3 will have hours of behind the scene footage, image galleries, and more. The GMK VHS will be on sale August 2.
Godzilla vs. Destroyer[The one where he dies.] is a single disc priced at 6,000y. It will have the usual audio commentaries, trailers, image galleries, and more. As usual neither GMK or GvsD will have English subtitles. Contact your favorite import dealer for ordering info.” Source: Monster Zero
6-28-02—- Japanese Elements Of Quentin Tarantino’s New Film Kill Bill
What went on at the Japanese set of Kill Bill-including some photos-can be found at AICN. Of note is that Japanese all-girl punk band The 5,6,7,8’s will have a cameo, and Aki Maeda (Noriko Nakagawa of Battle Royale fame)will have a part in the film.
Thanks to Daniel for the news
6-28-02—- HK/ Japan DVD Distribution Deal
Thanks to Daniel for this news from The Hollywood Reporter:
Video distributor Panorama Entertainment Ltd. has inked a deal with Japan’s Shochiku Co. Ltd. to distribute the latter’s film library of more than 4,000 titles in Hong Kong over the next five years. The deal between Shochiku and Panorama, which successfully applied for a public listing in May, was one of two official announcements at the sixth Hong Kong International Film and Television Market, also known as Filmart, which winds up today. This is the first deal that Shochiku has signed with any Hong Kong video distributor for its film library, which spans 107 years and includes classic titles such as “Tora San” and “Twilight Samurai.” The deal, with options to renew, includes Shochiku’s back-catalog label, Classic Movies, which includes titles by auteurs such as Yasujiro Ozu and Akira Kurosawa. [Note from Daniel: Shochiku is also a distributor for Pistol Opera and the Katakuris.]
6-28-02—- Mangaverse #4 Preview
Stills and a summary of Marvel’s Mangaverse #4-featuring art by Ben Dunn-are available at Movie Poop Shoot.Thanks to Daniel for the link.
6-28-02—- All Tenchi Muyo Characters Present In Upcoming GXP Episode
According to the “project report section” on Tenchi-web.com, all characters in Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-ohki will appear in the episode 17 of “Tenchi Muyo! GXP.” Seinan will back to earth to visit Masaki family, and YES! Tenchi, Ryoko, Washu, Ayeka, Sasami, Mihoshi, Yosho and Ryoohki will be there to welcome Seinan.
Source: AIC Anime
6-28-02—- Puffy AmiYumi Sells Out Show Date In Los Angeles – Announces Extra Date
Due to overwhelming demand, Roxy (LA) show is SOLD OUT. Puffy AmiYumi is happy to announce that an extra date is added in Los Angeles.
Date: Friday 5 July Venue: Spaceland Address: 1717 Silverlake Bl. Los Angeles 90039 Info line: 323.661.4380 Door Open @ 8:30 pm Puffy on stage @ 11:30 pm Age restriction: 21yr old or over http://www.clubspaceland.com/
TICKETS ON SALE FROM WEDNESDAY 26 JUNE 2002. www.ticketweb.com Tix Hot Line: 1-800-965-4827
DATE – CITY/VENUE
July 5 Los Angeles/Spaceland (age: 21+)
July 6 Los Angeles/Roxy **SOLD OUT**
July 8 San Francisco/The Fillmore (opening for The B-52s)
July 9 San Francisco/The Fillmore (opening for The B-52s)
July 11 Portland/Aladdin Theater
July 12 Seattle/I Spy
July 13 Vancouver/Richard’s on Richards (age: 19+)
July 16 Minneapolis/Quest
July 17 Chicago/Park West
July 19 Washington D.C./9:30 Club
July 20 NYC/Irving Plaza
July 21 Boston/Paradise Rock Club (age: 18+)
July 23 Toronto/The Opera House
6-28-02—- OTAKU Exhibit In L.A.
Thanks to Cool Japanese Toys for news that OTAKU, a new exhibit of artwork celebrating vinyl kaiju, will begin this Saturday. The show will feature paintings by Glenn Barr, Tim Biskup and Coop. Date: June 29 – August 10, 2002 Opening Reception: Saturday, June 29th from 8-11pm Where: Copro/Nason Gallery 11265 Washington Boulevard Culver City, CA 90230 Learn more about the show at the Copro/Nason website: www.copronason.com/otaku/pr.html.