3-4-03—- Meriam Webster Acknowledges The Word ANIME
Merriam-Webster recently updated its Online Dictionary and among the words included was the term ‘anime.’ Here is the full definition from Merriam-Webster: Main Entry: an·i·me Pronunciation: ‘a-n&-“mA, ‘ä-nE- Function: noun Etymology: Japanese, animation, short for animEshiyon, from English Date: 1988 : a style of animation originating in Japan that is characterized by stark colorful graphics depicting vibrant characters in action-filled plots often with fantastic or futuristic themes
Source: Animation Insider
3-4-03—- TRSI Announces Yamamoto Yohko Rerelease
Yamamoto Yohko, Starship Girl DVD Collection Pre-book date: 5/27/2003 – Street date: 6/24/2003 Approximately 180 minutes, Dolby Digital Stereo, Color. Adventure / Comedy
DVD (English, Japanese, Japanese with English Subtitles) Catalog#: RSDVD9010 Suggested Rating: 15+ ISBN: 1-57032-069-1 UPC#: 7-42617-9010-2-7 SRP: $19.98
Right Stuf is proud to announce that on 6/24/2003 STARSHIP GIRL YAMAMOTO YOHKO the DVD COLLECTION will be re-released with ALL NEW PACKAGING at an ALL NEW LOWER PRICE of just $19.98 for all 6 OVA episodes!
From J.C. Staff (the producers of EXCEL SAGA / HIS AND HER CIRCUMSTANCES) and Character Designer Kazuto Nakazawa (TENCHI IN TOKYO / EL HAZARD) comes a trip into the fantastic fun of the future!
A thousand years from now, the great battles between civilizations have been reduced to the shoulders of a handful of chosen champions. When a war is waged, each side picks its representatives, gives them spaceships and the fight is on! Of course if their champion looses, they must admit defeat and give in to the wishes of the other. Very handy, very civilized … unless you don’t happen to have any good fighters…
Terra team has had it tough lately: Ness’ “Red Snappers” team has had things their way. Even with technically superior ships, things are bleak for Terra… To make matters worse, they only have three pilots. Despite a concerted effort to recruit girls from the past, the team simply keeps losing! Now they desparately need someone special… someone powerful, capable, and who possess a killer instinct. A pilot of extraordinary skill to crew the new model ship. They need … Yamamoto Yohko!
Now if they can just convince her that a better life awaits her in the future, with new friends, new videogames and some very powerful hypertechnology (well some things just take less convincing than others!), Terra might be able to defeat the Red Snappers for a change!
Contains ALL 6 Starship Girl Yamamoto Yohko OVA episodes!
Bonus DVD content includes: Slideshow, Outtakes, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo for English and Japanese Dialogue, and English Subtitles.
3-4-03—- Australian Anime / Food Product Cross Promotion
According to an article found at SMH marketers are using Anime to help promote sales of Food products in Australia. Beyblades and Dragonball Z are among the properties mentioned.
3-4-03—- KosaKon Anifest 2003 In Philly
We’re proud to announce KosaiKon Anifest 2003 taking place on May 31, 2003 at Villanova University. A variety of anime titles will be featured, as well as a highly anticipated anime project being developed in the region.
Pre-registration for the event will be $13 until May 1, 2003. If space is still available, registration at the door will be $15. Space is limited to 100 seats.
Visit http://www.kosaikon.com for more information.
Rachael Carothers KosaiKon Chairperson
3-4-03—- Asian Cinema Mega Scoop
Thanks to Daniel for the following:
Originally 116 minutes, http://alliance.hellninjacommando.net/ has gauged Miramax’s version of Hero at 98 minutes.
Hong Kong-based Celestial Pictures launched its inaugural movie channel, Celestial Movies, on Malaysian satellite broadcaster Astro at 3 p.m. local time Monday in a ceremony attended by “Infernal Affairs” star Andy Lau and Shaw movies’ “Queen of Swords,” Cheng Pei-pei. Celestial, which owns the extensive Shaw Bros. film library, is owned by Malaysian-based conglomerate Usaha Tegas, which is a major shareholder of Astro through Measat Broadcast Network Systems. In addition to Celestial’s restored Shaw Bros. classics from the 1950s through the ’90s and new acquisitions, Celestial Movies will carry locally produced programming and documentaries. The channel also owns rights to Golden Harvest titles from the 1990s. “Astro is proud to be the first service in the world to provide the access to these timeless classics. I do believe that many of us will enjoy the offerings on Celestial Movies as award-winning classic titles such as ‘Come Drink With Me,’ ‘The Kingdom & the Beauty’ and ‘The Three Smiles’ are not easy to come by on our screens,” said Chia Boon Lim, executive director of Astro. Celestial Movies will be packaged with the Phoenix Channel and Astro’s Shuang Xing 1 and 2, which carry television dramas. The channel is scheduled to launch throughout Asia, Australia, North America and Europe in the coming year.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
After a bit of a slow start, the Korean video market is in the midst of a dramatic upheaval from VHS to DVD. For the third year in a row, DVD sales have more than tripled, and now, with the collapse of the videocassette market, DVD stands on the verge of becoming a significant factor in the industry. As of the end of 2002, Koreans owned 650,000-800,000 DVD players, according to figures from Culture Contents and Business Week, the main industry publication in Korea. This equates to a 3.9%-4.8% penetration rate of TV households, and a significant increase from the 228,000 in 2001 and 67,000 in 2000. An estimated 7 million DVDs were sold in 2002, representing 117 billion won ($100 million) in consumer spending. While this represents just a fraction of Korea’s flourishing movie industry, 117 billion won is a huge gain from just 45 billion won in 2001. The movie magazine Film 2.0 estimates that DVD will overtake video by April.
Source: The Hollywood ReporterThe Hollywood Reporter
Yahoo says Around the World in 80 Days with Jackie Chan should have a fall release.
Yahoo Movies says the sequel to The Eye should have a summer 2004 release in Hong Kong.
And if you’re at the Cannes this year, you might want to look for The Matrix: Reloaded, because Yahoo Movies suggests it will be played