7-25-02—- More On Guillotine Release
Thanks to Daniel for mentioning Amazon has Master Of The Flying Guillotine for pre-order under $20, and claims it will be available on dvd Sept. 17.
7-25-02—- Asian Cult Films Latest
Thanks to nick for this news from KFCS:
Battle Royale DVD
From sexgoremutants Here’s coming the much-anticipated directors version of the cult movie ‘Battle Royale’. Released in cinemas in Japan, but never before seen in the UK, the Battle Royale Directors Cut DVD features an extra 8 minutes, including an alternative ending (all with optional English subtitles), presented in anamorphic widescreen. This limited edition two-disc set also features a Making Of documentary, interviews with director Kinju Fukasaku and Beat Takashi Kitano, and original theatrical trailer. In addition, the boxed set will include a poster art collectors card and a unique film frame card and a 4-page booklet. Choose your weapon and fight for your copy now before the new term begins. The limited edition set will retail for £29.99 and will go on sale from the 29th of September.
The Ultimate Godzilla DVD Collection DVD
From Sony Music! Five huge DVDs in one monstrous collection! The Ultimate Godzilla DVD Collection features Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Godzilla VS. Mothra, Godzilla’s Revenge, and Terror of Mechagodzilla, as well as a special bonus DVD, Rodan. Release Date: September, 2002/A>
Dolls Takeshi Kitano’s [Fireworks, Brother, Kids Return, Violent Cop] next directorial project, “Dolls”, is finally complete and will be released in Japanese theater this October and will be released internationally sometime next year. The film’s central theme is love and focuses on 3 stories overlapping each other. Official Web Page: http://office-kitano.co.jp/dolls/
Drive The new Sabu [Non-Stop] movie, Drive, is also getting a release this August in Japanese theater. Official Web Page: http://www.sabu-drive.com
Tokyo 10+01 is the new movie from director Higuchinsky (Uzumaki) and will be released in August in Japanese theater. WE don’t have that much info about it yet, except that Japanese actor Masanobu Ando is on the main cast and that the movie si distributed by KSS (Versus) Official Web Page: http://www.kss-movie.com/tokyo-eleven/
MASTER OF THE FLYING GUILLOTINE [UNCUT ULTIMATE EDITION]
At last, the masterpiece MASTER OF THE FLYING GUILLOTINE, will be released as a special edition. The DVD will contain the English and mandarin language and English sub. A remastered wide screen transfer and a couple of interesting extra: 12 Minutes Of Restored Footage; Audio Commentary By Film Critics Wade Major & Andy Klein; Trailers (Original Chinese Release, US Release, US Restored Version Release); Still Gallery; Biographies
The original Ring
The book of The Ring, writ[ten] by Koji Suzuki, will be available in English in North America this September, for a listed price of 15$. As for the American remake of Hideo Nakata’s movie, it will open in theater on October 18th.
And finally, straight from the Miramax headquarters is J. D. Nguyen’s interview of RING’s Executive Producer and all around cool guy, Roy Lee. Wanna know what’s happening with all the Asian remakes and future upcoming projects that are coming out in Hollywood? Read on and be amazed! http://www.kfccinema.com/articles/royleeinterview/royinterview.html
7-25-02—- Nintendo To Establish Booth In Panasonic Center From September
Thanks as always to Yukio (Dead Shot Club) for this info:
Matsushita Electric Industrial(“Panasonic co’ltd”) announced establishing the booth “Nintendo Game Front” (NINTENDO game front) where Nintendo can experience the game software of the company in the “Panasonic center” to be opened in the Ariake waterfront subcenter in September on 24. The about 30-person accommodation by 130.72 square meters are possible for the width of a booth. Free experience of a “NINTENDO game cube”, the newest game software of the “Game Boy advance”, etc. can be carried out. At the present ordinary homes, it is said by using Matsushita’s newest digital equipments, such as a big screen plasma display and a video projector, that the highest game experience with difficult realization is offered. Furthermore, proposals of new “play”, such as a cooperation function of a game cube and the Game Boy advance, are performed. The Panasonic center is an institution which generally introduces a product, technical development, etc. of the Matsushita group. In the company, it is regarded as the “comprehensive information reception-and-transmission base” which is not a mere showroom institution. In addition, about collaboration with other companies of Nintendo, it is said that it is now undecided.
7-25-02—- ADV Manga?
Courtesy Michael and sourced to a piece on Right Stuf’s, it looks like anime giant ADV Films will soon be backing up it’s initial foray into publishing by jumping into the manga arena, competing with manga giants Viz, Dark Horse, Tokyopop and CPM.
Animation World Network’s (www.awn.com) latest newsletter contained an interesting blurb on a new partnership formed between ADV Films and Japanese based CoMix Wave, Inc.. ADV will work towards promoting CoMix Wave’s properties stateside.
You can read the excerpt from AWN’s newsletter below.
North American anime distributor A.D. Vision, Inc. (ADV), has partnered with CoMix Wave, Inc., a Japanese anime and manga management and production company, to promote and popularize CoMix Wave’s creative talent and holdings. CoMix Wave manages more than 50 of Japan’s top manga artists and illustrators, and works to discover and promote new talent within the industry. The company also manages production – both in Japan and overseas – of a variety of anime projects, including Koji Morimoto and Studio 4C’s Clio Award- winning spots for Hong Kong shoe franchise La Saunda, and the film Voices of a Distant Star by Makoto Shinkai. As part of the new alliance, ADV hopes to expand recognition of manga artists within an American fan base. ADV will also help CoMix Wave create and market merchandise and related media from the artists’ works and intellectual properties.
7-24-02—- Anime Music Takes To Costa Rican Airwaves
Thanks to Jay for this:
Today, Wednesday july24th, radio station 979 conexion gave the fandom of Costa Rica the oportunity to listen to 4 anime hit songs: Zankoku no Tenchi no Thesis from Neon Genesis Evangelion, Its Gonna Rain from Rurouni Kenshin, Sakura Saku from Love Hina